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Northern Ireland Assembly poll latest results

The following elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly were announced last night. Full collated results will be announced today.

Trimble eclipsed by voters eager for change

THE ELECTION has produced a result which will be regarded by many as unwelcome and dangerous, threatening difficult battles ahead in an assembly supposed to help create a new Northern Ireland.

How angry is this man? Today we'll find out

For many Unionists, Ulster's new deal is a bad deal - and in today's assembly elections, they will vote for hardliners like Denis Watson. By Nicole Veash

Letter: Lessons for Indonesia

Sir: Like Paul Barber (letter, 2 June) I am appalled by the abuses of human rights perpetrated by the Indonesian armed forces. And like D F Hagger (letter, 2 June) I deplore the way in which army personnel are dikaryakan, the Indonesian term for the placing of military men in bureaucratic positions - a process, incidentally, begun under Sukarno in the 1950s and not initiated by Suharto.

Books: Dark Horses by Karl Miller, Picador pounds 16.99: Blood on the fax

Karl Miller is probably best known as the founder-editor of the London Review of Books, one of the most intelligent and ambitious cultural journals of our time. It started up in 1979 while the TLS was a casualty of print strikes, and Miller left it in 1992, after he and the co-editor and LRB proprietor Mary-Kay Wilmer had, in his sober words, ceased to get on. Miller alludes to this briefly, and without rancour. There are few embarrassing revelations in this, his second volume of memoirs, many will be disappointed to learn.

A new era for Ulster as the people say `Yes' brighter future

THE Good Friday agreement, setting out the most far- reaching transformation of political structures and society since Northern Ireland was founded in the 1920s, is today expected to be endorsed in a historic referendum.

Nothing will ever be the same again

THE TECTONIC plates are shifting in Northern Ireland, bringing a new order into being. David Trimble and John Hume have beamed and shaken hands together, Bono of U2 between them, establishing a new template with that single powerful image.

The Deborah Ross interview: Ian Paisley - what a laugh

A STARK, stone, Orange Lodge on the top of a hill just outside Keady, a small town in Armagh. A gloriously warm evening with a big, pink sun hanging in the sky. A Loyalist gathering in this largely Republican area. Men, women, teenagers, toddlers, babies in prams, crowding the winding, country lanes. A drum and flute marching band. Smart red jackets. Glossy black boots. And the Rev Ian Paisley, up on the open-air platform, speaking mostly in capital letters, as he always does: "A lot of pressure was put on me to be here, there and everywhere tonight, and a lot of people said: `why are you going to keady?' I said, first, because i gave my word and, second, the outposts must be defended. If you don't cover your outposts, there is not much hope for the castle in the middle... and i say to you if there is one spark of traditional unionism in your soul then you will say no to this document... This is conspiracy! a conspiracy to destroy us! say no...!" Huge cheers. Huge claps.

Will Unionists back Trimble or go with Paisley?

Past elections reveal supporters have switched allegiance.

Ulster faces `No' vote catastrophe

AN INCREASING Unionist swing towards a "no" vote is holding out the possibility of a disastrous result in next week's referendum on the Northern Ireland peace agreement.

'Minister for victims' appointed to ease Uster pain

Report calls for action to help bereaved and injured while Blair listens to couple caught in bombing

Ulster's battle of words hots up

As the crunch nears for the power-sharing vote, Paul Routledge catches an echo of Paris '68 as Belfast students test the arguments

Historic union for peace brokers of Ulster

TONY BLAIR, who drove through the Northern Ireland peace agreement, and John Major, who can claim to have started the process, met in Belfast yesterday in an unprecedented show of cross party unity behind a "yes" vote in the coming referendum.

Blair and Major set to bolster `yes' campaign

THE DEBATE within the Unionist and Protestant community over the Good Friday agreement raged on yesterday with opposing factions characterising it as either the best way ahead or a constitutional calamity.

Seeking consent in Northern Ireland: Now for the referendum, when the people's voice will be heard

THE DEMOCRATIC architecture of Belfast, and, in particular, the monumental, in your face, Stormont parliament building looking magisterially down on Carson's statue, is among the most imposing in the world. But it has never lived up to its physical pretensions. Until direct rule, it was for Catholics a hated sectarian symbol of post-partition Unionist ascendancy. And since direct rule - with the exception of a few tantalising months after the abortive Sunningdale agreement - it has been an empty shell, mocking the lack of living democratic politics in Northern Ireland. The lights were on, but no one was at home.
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