News Former US diplomat Richard Haass and co-chair Meghan O'Sullivan speak at the Stormont hotel in Belfast. Overnight talks failed to find agreement on any of three topics

“This process is not dead, but it is far from finished,” says American diplomat chairing talks

Leading article: Mr Trimble and Mr Adams have both learned a hard truth

WE ARE not there yet. There is no shortage of reasons for pessimism, for anyone who is that way inclined. And yet, it would be churlish not to acknowledge the deep significance of the changes now taking place in Northern Ireland.

UUP presses for end to peace review

THE ULSTER UNIONIST leader, David Trimble, will face pressure today to abandon support for the peace process at a crucial meeting of his party's ruling body.

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Letter: Sinn Fein is willing

Sir: There is one simple argument in favour of Mo Mowlam's decision to rule that the IRA has not breached its ceasefire. This is that it is obvious that the Sinn Fein leadership, by signing up to the Good Friday Agreement, accepted that constitutional change in Northern Ireland can only come about by consent.

Hume surgery may hit talks

JOHN HUME, the Nobel prize winner and Social Democratic and Labour Party leader, was recovering in an Austrian hospital last night after having emergency surgery on a ruptured intestine.

Reluctant `Tory boy' loses benefit

WHEN PETER KELLY, a life-long Labour supporter, signed on at the Jobcentre in Cardiff he was fully prepared to look for work. But he was aghast when the employment service told him to take a job pulling pints at the local Conservative club.

Letter: Ulster blow

Sir: Derek J Cole (letter, 19 July) talks about "gallons of Irish blood shed in the past for Conservative Party `principles' ". What about the thousands who have been slaughtered in Ulster since 1969 by the IRA in the name of "Irish liberty"?

Parliament: The Sketch: Bizarre delivery leaves the PM stumped for an answer

"ISN'T THE emerging story one of simple incompetence?" asked William Hague, turning the amplifier up three notches as he reached his percussion solo.

Blair offers failsafe deal to Trimble

TONY BLAIR is to make concessions to the Ulster Unionists in an attempt to boost David Trimble's chances of selling the peace deal proposed last Friday to critics within his Ulster Unionist Party.

Ulster Peace Talks: Grass roots led the IRA shift on guns

SO WHY would the IRA, for so many years one of the world's most brutally effective paramilitary organisations with more than a thousand killings to its name, come to contemplate decommissioning all of its formidable arsenal? Why should an organisation that has implicitly believed for so many decades that power comes from the barrel of a gun think of rendering those guns inoperable? Furthermore, why should it do so when its treasured goal of a united Ireland is not even visible on the horizon?

ULSTER PEACE TALKS: Grassroots led the IRA shift on guns

SO WHY would the IRA, for so many years one of the world's most brutally effective paramilitary organisations with more than a thousand killings to its name, come to contemplate decommissioning all of its formidable arsenal? Why should an organisation which has implicitly believed for so many decades that power comes from the barrel of a gun think of rendering those guns inoperable? Furthermore, why should it do so when its treasured goal of a united Ireland is not even visible on the horizon?

Ulster Peace Talks: Quotes

`The commission believes that to complete its mandate by 22 May, decommissioning must start as soon as possible'

ULSTER PEACE TALKS: Stamina stretched to the limit, they could barely trust their own faculties

INSIDE HIS ministerial office on the top floor of Castle Buildings, Tony Blair was sure he could glimpse a movement in the political landscape. As David Trimble, the Ulster Unionist leader, and Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, shuttled back and forth from their rooms on the floor below, the Prime Minister was convinced that the republicans had moved far enough to clinch a deal. His only problem was to convince the Unionists.

The pipes and drums fade away to leave only Protestant anger and bitterness

AFTER THE playing of the pipes and the ear-splitting crack of the drums, the triumphalism faded away and you could have heard a pin drop.

`Two of IRA's disappeared' found buried

FOR TWO Belfast families, at least, an end to a traumatic wait of two decades seemed in sight yesterday with the news that the remains of two of "the disappeared" had been recovered in the Irish Republic.
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