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Irish Protestant group pledges to disarm

The Ulster Volunteer Force, an underground Protestant army that terrorized Roman Catholics for decades and committed the bloodiest attack of the Northern Ireland conflict, renounced violence Thursday and promised to evolve into a force for good. Leaders of the British territory’s Catholic minority welcomed the surprise announcement. But they also expressed skepticism, given the UVF’s hate-fueled past and criminal present as well as its breaches of its own 1994 cease-fire declaration. Full Story

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