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

Can the Irish peace process survive the Peace Prize?

Paul Vallely on life after last week's award to Hume and Trimble

Letter: IRA's good faith

IRA's good faith

Labour Conference: Tribune rally row - Cook pulls out of left's rally

ROBIN COOK and John Edmonds have pulled out of tomorrow's Tribune rally, where they were due to share the platform with the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams. Mr Edmonds, leader of the GMB general workers' union, did so because Tribune failed to invite David Trimble, Northern Ireland's First Minister.

Letter: Ulster weapons

Sir: Why are people so concerned if David Trimble (and others before him) shook the hand of Gerry Adams? The origin of the handshake was to demonstrate that the weapon hand was empty.

Trimble makes his peace with Adams

THE NORTHERN Ireland peace process has produced so many unprecedented events and defining moments that when David Trimble spoke to Gerry Adams yesterday it produced interest but no real shockwaves.

France 98 calms Ulster passions

The World Cup has put a dampener on campaigning for Thursday's elections, writes David McKittrick

Arms row rumbles on

UNIONISTS and republicans traded political blows over arms decommissioning yesterday, David Trimble seeking to play up the issue, while Gerry Adams attempted to play it down.

The people choose a different future

THE RESULT of this referendum will be in every history book to be written on Ireland in the next century, the authors explaining that the people of the North finally found something on which they could agree.

Friday's book: The Informer

The Informer by Sean O'Callaghan (Bantam Press, pounds 16.99)

98for98 The century in photographs: today 1997

Bringing us to 1997 in The Independent and The Hulton Getty Picture Collection's '98 For '98 - The Year in Photographs, is a picture of hunt saboteurs trying to disrupt a fox-hunt. In July over 10,000 pro-hunting lobbyists from the countryside converged on Hyde Park to protest against Labour's proposition to ban hunting with hounds. A private member's bill in the House of Commons had been made, but by failing to guarantee the bill extra parliamentary time, it looked like the Labour Party was backing down.

Most Protestants likely to reject Ulster peace deal

Northern Ireland could be plunged into renewed crisis after Friday's referendums, writes David McKittrick

Irish Peace Talks: Spin and counterspin around the media village

"WHAT my station will want to know is what divides the two sides," a Danish TV journalist explained to a British colleague, vainly hoping for an answer. If he was referring to 400 years of frequently blood-stained history there just wasn't the time to do justice to the question. If he meant what exactly was going on behind the grim featureless exterior of the castle buildings at Stormont, there were no definite answers to that either.

Clinton pledges to work flat out for Ulster peace

PRESIDENT Clinton yesterday confirmed his personal commitment to peace in Northern Ireland, pledging himself to a "30-hour marathon effort to try to close as many gaps as I can in the Irish peace process". Speaking at the annual St Patrick's Day presentation of the shamrock at the White House, Mr Clinton urged all parties to look beyond short-term calculations and seize a "hopeful and historic opportunity for peace".
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