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The Ulster Democratic Party was expelled yesterday from the cross- party talks on Northern Ireland for its links with the killings of Catholics. Colin Brown and David McKittrick examine the latest threat to the peace process.

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Up to 5,000 people yesterday attended the funeral in west Belfast of Terry Enright, a relative of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, who was shot dead by loyalists at the weekend.

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Mobs rampage in Londonderry after attack on Apprentice Boys parade

Londonderry yesterday experienced its worst violence since the restoration of the IRA ceasefire in July, when riots broke out as nationalists protested at a Protestant Apprentice Boys parade through the city centre.

Adams warns of 'sabotage' to peace process

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, on the eve of this week's historic visit to Downing Street, has accused elements of the security and intelligence services of working against the Irish peace process.

Blair invites Gerry Adams to meeting at Number 10

Tony Blair last night braved Unionist fury and Conservative criticism by inviting Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, for his first meeting in Downing Street next month. It will be the first time a Sinn Fein leader has visited the building since Michael Collins in 1921.

Top Tory says let Gerry Adams sit as MP

A strong call was made last night for Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to be allowed to take their seats in the Commons. Anthony Bevins, Political Editor, reports on a bold and significant initiative.
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