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Loyalists in Ulster clash

POLICE in riot gear were called to an Orange hall in Northern Ireland last night after rival Unionist leaders confronted each other at a rally.

RUC urged to speed up reforms

The Royal Ulster Constabulary was last night accused of dragging its heels over reform for the peace process.

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Unionists set to reject terms for peace talks

Amid signs of divided opinions within the Protestant population, the three main Unionist parties are today expected to reject the terms for wide-ranging talks laid down by the British and Irish governments.

Loyalists welcome Blair assurances

Loyalists last night gave a "positive response" to Tony Blair at a meeting in Downing Street after he urged them to use their influence with Loyalist paramilitaries not to break their ceasefire in Northern Ireland.

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The tension surrounding this weekend's highly charged Orange parade at Drumcree increased yesterday when the new Irish premier, Bertie Ahern, urged the Government not to force the march through.

Ahern in quest for vital party backing

Horse-trading between Ireland's incoming minority government and independent TDs (MPs) will begin today in the aftermath of the general election which left Bertie Ahern's Fianna Fail and their Progressive Democrat allies three seats short of a majority in the Dail.

Ulster TV's modest series may begin to change northerners' perception of the southern Irish

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March highlights loyalist divisions

The sharp divisions within Ulster loyalism were publicly encapsulated yesterday when the new marching season's first disputed parade passed off without serious incident in south Belfast.

Labour is ready to ditch Unionists

Tony Blair has decided to get tough with the Ulster Unionists by offering no concessions to them on Labour's Northern Ireland policy before tonight's crucial vote of censure.

Blair plans confidence vote to topple Major

Labour is planning a vote of no confidence in the Government if the Conservatives lose the Wirral South by-election - a threat that could force John Major to opt for an early election.

Loyalists' place at table in jeopardy

The Government yesterday issued a pointed public warning to loyalist groups that more violence would jeopardise the place at the conference table which is occupied by "fringe loyalist" parties.

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