Having achieved the unlikely pinnacle of power in a peaceful Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down as first minister of the Northern Ireland government and as leader of the party he founded. The 81-year-old Protestant preacher is yielding to age and to pressure from hard-liners within his party who have grown uncomfortable with Paisley’s surprisingly amicable relations with his former sworn enemy, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister. Full Story
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