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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1998 file photo, John Hume, right, looks at the Nobel Peace Prize diploma which he received from Francis Sejersted, left, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee during the award ceremony in Oslo Town Hall. The family of politician John Hume, who won Nobel Peace Prize for work to end violence in Northern Ireland, says he has died. He was 83. The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labour Party , Hume was regarded by many as the principal architect behind the peace agreement. (AP Photo/Bjoern Sigurdsoen/NTB/POOL)

John Hume, who worked to end N. Ireland violence, dies at 83

Aug. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — John Hume, the visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland, has died at 83, his family said Monday. The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labour Party, Hume was seen as the principal...

Pennsylvania may pilot virus-tracing app popular in Ireland

Jul. 29, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A contact-tracing app that was downloaded by one-fifth of Ireland in 36 hours might undergo a pilot project in Pennsylvania that could go live in the coming weeks as part of an effort to more quickly contain coronavirus outbreaks by notifying people who may have been exposed, a state...

Carl Pettersson putts on the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Pettersson out of semi-retirement and into money at Memorial

Jul. 21, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Muirfield Village was the toughest test Carl Pettersson has seen in nearly two years, so he was more than satisfied by closing with a 2-under 70. Keep in mind, it was the only PGA Tour test he’s faced in nearly two years. “Pretty good for a retired guy,” Pettersson...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, People gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, Ireland. The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to exhume the bodies of hundreds of babies who were buried on the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers to give them a proper Christian burial. The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, said in a July 15, 2020 letter to the amateur Irish historian behind the campaign that he shared the views of the archbishop of Tuam, Ireland, Michael Neary, who has said it was a “priority” for him to re-inter the bodies in consecrated ground. (Niall Carson/PA via AP, file)

Vatican indicates support to exhume babies at Irish home

Jul. 17, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has indicated its support for a campaign to provide a proper Christian burial for hundreds of babies and toddlers by first exhuming their bodies from the grounds of a Catholic-run Irish home for unwed mothers. The Vatican’s ambassador to Ireland, Archbishop Jude...

A healthcare worker gathers information from a patient at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Virus prompts drastic measures as death tolls set records

Jul. 16, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The coronavirus kept surging in hot spots around the U.S. on Thursday, with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission, a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel and morgues running out of space in Phoenix. Record numbers of confirmed infections and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. A European Union high court on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 ruled in favor of technology giant Apple and Ireland in its dispute with the EU over 13 billion euros, 15 billion US dollars in back taxes. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Apple wins big EU court case over $15 billion in taxes

Jul. 15, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court on Wednesday delivered a hammer blow to the bloc’s attempts to rein in multinationals' ability to strike special tax deals with individual EU countries when it ruled that Apple does not have to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland. The EU...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Latest: Irish rugby players taking pay cut

Jul. 13, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on the pay cut to...

FILE - Feb. 15, 1995 file photo of Ireland soccer team manager Jack Charlton. Jack Charlton, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, has died it was announced on Saturday July 11, 2020. He was 85. (PA via AP)

England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85

Jul. 11, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

Jack Charlton, an uncompromising central defender who won the 1966 World Cup with England alongside his brother, Bobby, before coaching Ireland to its first major tournaments, has died. He was 85. Nicknamed “Big Jack,” and celebrated for his earthy “beer and cigarettes” image,...

FILE - In this Friday, May 25, 2018 file photo, Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, left, speaks with Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe during a meeting of EU finance ministers at the Europa building in Brussels. The powerful group of countries using Europe's single currency will choose a new president on Thursday, July 9, 2020, with three candidates vying for the challenging task of leading the 19-nation bloc out of the deepest economic recession in decades. The candidates for Eurogroup president are Spain's Economy Minister Nadia Calvino, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Ireland's Donohoe named head of eurozone finance group

Jul. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ireland's Paschal Donohoe was elected Thursday to head the powerful finance group of the 19 nations using Europe’s single currency, and vowed to lead the bloc through what is set to be a historically deep recession in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Donohoe, who has been...

Customer Angus Fleming poses with a pint of Guinness in Mary Mac's pub, Dublin, Ireland, as Ireland further eases restrictions with pubs that serve food, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and barbers among those allowed to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown, Monday June 29, 2020.  Life became ever so slightly more normal in Ireland on Monday as some restrictions are eased, with pints being pulled in pubs, locked-down hair having locks trimmed and churches admitted congregants, all for the first time since March. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Kissing of Blarney Stone resumes as Ireland eases lockdown

Jun. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Life became ever so slightly more normal in Ireland on Monday as pints were pulled and locked-down hair was trimmed for the first time since the middle of March. And for the first time since March 13, the Blarney Stone was kissed — a hugely important moment for anyone looking to get...