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My relative was killed at Ballymurphy. Reconciliation won’t happen unless Troubles victims are heard

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Seamus Heaney’s seminal poem The Cure at Troy is often quoted by political leaders, most recently by Joe Biden during his campaign for the White House. It’s a poem about the trauma of conflict and division, the hope f...

‘The Troubles followed me’: Five people raised in Belfast reflect on the city they left

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The red carpet will be rolled out for the biggest night in Hollywood this weekend, as Belfast jostles for a prestigious accolade at the 94th Academy Awards. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film based on his ch...

‘A freeze frame death in front of the world’: the police killing of Sean Downes at the height of the Troubles

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It is the photograph that is lodged in my memory, never to be erased, no matter how many years go by. It is in black and white. Grainy. In the foreground, there are the heads of a dozen or so people, crouching but loo...

The Colony by Audrey Magee review – an allegory of the Troubles

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Audrey Magee’s debut novel, The Undertaking, was shortlisted for the Women’s prize in 2014. In this follow-up, an English painter named Mr Lloyd climbs with his luggage into a small, leaky currach and is rowed across ...

Didier Drogba backs Romelu Lukaku to put troubles behind him at Chelsea

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Didier Drogba has backed Romelu Lukaku to move on from his struggles on and off the pitch after the £97.5m striker played a key role in Chelsea becoming world champions for the first time. Lukaku has not looked settle...

Evidence police in Belfast colluded with loyalists in the Troubles, report finds

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Evidence of “collusive behaviour” between police and loyalist paramilitary groups related to murders during the Troubles have been uncovered by a watchdog investigation. Marie Anderson, the police ombudsman for Northe...

Trump’s incendiary Texas speech may have deepened his legal troubles, experts say

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Donald Trump’s incendiary call at a Texas rally for his backers to ready massive protests against “radical, vicious, racist prosecutors” could constitute obstruction of justice or other crimes and backfire legally on ...

Branagh and Hinds: two Belfast boys on childhood and the Troubles

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When the Troubles kicked off in Belfast in August 1969, Kenneth Branagh was eight years old. He recalls cowering under a table with his mother and his older brother as paving stones were torn from the street and hurle...

And Just Like That review – Sex and the City sequel has a mouthful of teething troubles

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Warning: this review contains spoilers from the first episode of And Just Like That. The first 20 minutes of the long-anticipated, much-hyped reboot of Sex and the City, And Just Like That (Sky Comedy/HBO Max), are t...

Luca Brecel reaches UK Championship final before revealing toilet troubles

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Luca Brecel booked his place in the final of the UK Championship before revealing he had almost missed his fourth-round clash with Anthony Hamilton due to being stuck in the toilet of his rented flat. The Belgian swep...

Troubles amnesty would be ‘kick in the teeth’, says daughter of victim

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The daughter of former Royal Navy officer who was shot dead by a soldier on the streets of Belfast 49 years ago has said the government’s planned amnesty for legacy killings was a “kick in the teeth” for thousands of ...

UK plan to end Troubles prosecutions ‘could breach international law’

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Boris Johnson’s plan to impose a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 could be in breach of international law, a European human rights commissioner has told the government...

UK’s Troubles amnesty plan goes further than Pinochet’s, study says

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The UK government’s plan to end all Troubles-era prosecutions in Northern Ireland would create an amnesty wider than the one Augusto Pinochet introduced to shield human rights violators in Chile, according to a study....

Firefights, foxhunts and flowers shows: a staggering new view of the Troubles

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When someone asks me what it was like growing up during the Troubles, I always find myself at a loss for an answer. Day-to-day life in Armagh was uneasy and anxious, but sometimes surreal and often repetitive. There w...

Chris Cuomo’s ethical troubles at CNN highlight rise of ‘info-tainment’

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The New York Post columnist Maureen Callahan put it succinctly: “One down. One to go.” After New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, finally agreed to step down this week over sexual harassment allegations, attention in Am...

Troubles ‘amnesty’: how much contempt does this government have for Northern Ireland?

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In the early hours of a summer morning in 1991 Tom Oliver, a 43-year-old father of seven children, left his home in the border county of Louth in the Republic of Ireland to attend to a calving cow in a field on his fa...

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