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Ukraine war moves 'Doomsday Clock' to 90 seconds to midnight

Jan. 24, 2023 13:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the specter of nuclear weapon use, Earth crept its closest to Armageddon, a science-oriented advocacy group said, moving its famous “Doomsday Clock” up to just 90 seconds before midnight. “We are really closer to that...

Irish premier hopeful deal can be reached in post-Brexit row

Jan. 12, 2023 16:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Irish premier Leo Varadkar said after meeting with political leaders in Northern Ireland Thursday that he remained hopeful an agreement can be reached between the European Union and the U.K. over post-Brexit trade disputes in the region. Varadkar and Keir Starmer,...

UK, EU inch closer to deal over N. Ireland-Brexit trade spat

Jan. 11, 2023 12:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister met politicians and businesspeople in Belfast bearing good news Wednesday: The U.K. and the European Union are inching closer to settling a post-Brexit trade dispute that brought economic headaches and political turmoil to Northern Ireland. ...

UN and Lebanon hold memorial for killed Irish peacekeeper

Dec. 18, 2022 12:25 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers held a memorial at the Beirut airport on Sunday for an Irish soldier killed by a mob that opened fire last week at two vehicles belonging to the U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon. The attack that killed 24 year-old Pvt....

Varadkar returns as Irish leader in political job-share deal

Dec. 17, 2022 09:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Leo Varadkar returned for a second term as Ireland’s prime minister on Saturday as part of a job-sharing deal made by the country’s centrist coalition government. Lawmakers voted to approve Varadkar's nomination to replace Micheál Martin during a special session...

UN Irish peacekeeper killed in shooting in southern Lebanon

Dec. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Irish U.N. peacekeeper was killed and several others were wounded when unidentified attackers opened fire on a convoy in southern Lebanon, Irish and Lebanese military officials said Thursday. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group. The...

Ireland minister: `The world is a crazy and tragic place'

Dec. 15, 2022 12:32 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ireland’s foreign minister says “the world is a crazy and tragic place at the moment,” pointing to the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, looming famine in the Horn of Africa, Iran’s expanding nuclear program, global impacts of climate change and a polarized U.N....

Rishi Sunak seeks thawed relations at UK-Ireland summit

Nov. 10, 2022 14:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aimed to repair frayed relations with Britain’s European Union neighbors — and with highly skeptical leaders in Scotland and Wales — when he attended a summit of leaders from across the U.K. and Ireland on Thursday. It was the first...

UK delays N Ireland election call to buy time for talks

Nov. 09, 2022 11:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday delayed calling a fresh election in Northern Ireland, hoping to buy time to break an impasse over post-Brexit trade rules that put the administration there on ice. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he was giving...