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# Peace

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# Sabina Higgins
'Time to move on' from Sabina Higgins letter controversy, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach says the Irish Government position is that Russia should withdraw, but says ‘peace is something we all want’.
# RIP
Former UUP leader and Nobel peace prize recipient David Trimble has died aged 77
David Trimble and John Hume of the SDLP were leading figures in the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
# Peace
Polish president offers full support for Ukraine EU bid
However, France’s Europe minister on Sunday said it could take “15 or 20 years” before Ukraine joined the bloc.
Zelenskyy insisted his country should be a full candidate to join the EU.
Ukrainian forces have halted Russian attempts to seize Kyiv and the northern city of Kharkiv.
Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had halted gas supplies to Finland.
# Solidarity
Man United players plead for peace in Ukraine
Ukrainian flags were also waved among the crowd at Old Trafford as a show of support for the beleaguered nation.
# Hope
'No war please': Russian star into final with peace plea
Andrey Rublev made a plea for peace after notching an eighth consecutive victory.
# world powers
World powers vow to prevent spread of nuclear weapons
China, France, Russia, the UK and the USA released a joint statement.
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# Peace
Northern Ireland peace fund chief warns of growing alienation and further violence after Brexit
International Fund for Ireland chairman Paddy Harte said another spate of disorder like at Lanark Way in Belfast cannot be ruled out.
# Northern Ireland
Biden challenge to Johnson over Northern Ireland Brexit dispute welcomed by Taoiseach
US President Joe Biden will use his first overseas visit to hold talks with Boris Johnson.
Biden's aides say he will stress the need to "stand behind" the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Micheál Martin said this morning that Biden's and US involvement is significant and makes sense from an American perspective.
European Council President Charles Michel said it's "paramount" that the terms of the Brexit deal are respected.
Patience ‘very thin’ as EU threatens retaliation over Northern Ireland Protocol
UK press hypes 'sausage trade war' with EU over Northern Ireland checks on chilled meats
# Peace
'Solutions are possible, but we are lacking political will': Is there any hope that Israel and Palestine could reach a peace agreement?
Violence has escalated between the two sides in recent weeks.
# gaza strip
Ceasefire called in Gaza after fresh violence sees 8 members of same family killed in air strike
The Palestinian health ministry said that the Abu Malhous family was killed in the Israeli air strike earlier this week.
Voices
Opinion: My Sri Lankan relatives had a lucky escape from the bombings - I'm struggling to keep my hopes for peace alive
After a decade of peace, I had hoped that our troubles were behind us, writes Dil Wickremasinghe.
# Defence Forces
Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions
Ireland holds the record for the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world.
# Deadlock
Bill Clinton warns political stalemate could result in the North going 'back into the hell of the Troubles'
There are three possible outcomes if the institutions in the North don’t get up and running soon, said Clinton.
# 20 years on
'There is important work to be done': Clinton says politicians should commit to spirit of Good Friday Agreement
A special event to mark the 20th anniversary of the deal has been held in Washington DC.
# Jerusalem
Coveney to meet Benjamin Netanyahu for first time since objection to Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Coveney’s last meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister last year was not overly successful.
# Syrian civil war
Syrian rebels and opposition reject Russia's peace talk plan
They say that Moscow has failed to pressure Bashar Assad, to end the conflict.
# world in peace
This 1979 news report about a solar eclipse had a poignant message for 2017
The report was on a solar eclipse that was moving across North America.
# The Troubles
Tributes paid on the death of 'secret peacemaker' Brendan Duddy
The Derry businessman had been an important link between IRA forces and the British government for over 20 years.
# Peace
UN Security Council endorses Syria ceasefire and plans for peace talks
The UN Security Council approves the Russian-drafted resolution on the Syria ceasefire.
# Prize winner
'A gift from heaven' - Colombian President receives Nobel Peace Prize
A revised FARC deal was approved by Colombia’s Congress last week.
# unanimous vote
Peace at last: Colombia ratifies deal with FARC rebels
The voting public rejected an earlier peace deal in an October referendum.
# FARC
Colombia's government will sign a new peace deal this week
The new, revised accord will be submitted to Congress for approval, after the last one was rejected in a referendum.
# Colombia
Historic peace deal reached to put an end to world's longest-running war
Over the past 50 years civil war in Colombia has killed 260,000 people.
# Peace Walls
The (actual) walls dividing the North's Catholics and Protestants are coming down
And will be gone by 2023.
# Colombia
The longest-running war in the world comes to an end today
Colombia and FARC rebels have agreed a peace deal.
# Nuclear Weapons
Woman who held 35-year protest outside White House dies
The demonstration is widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in the US.
# ad blocking
Denis O'Brien's Digicel is taking on Google, Facebook, and Yahoo
The company is introducing ad blocking at a network level.
# get smart
Just eight days of military spending could make education free around the world
Every eight days, $39 billion is spent on world militaries.
Voices
Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon: 'Ireland’s commitments to human rights are being weakened '
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, will visit next week to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN.
# Gaydar
Swedes have a novel way of deterring Russian submarines - calling them gay
A sonar device sends out the message “This Way if You Are Gay”.
# no contact
This is how you can block calls on your smartphone
Don’t worry, we won’t judge.
Voices
It's high time for neutrality to be enshrined in the Constitution – don't let the government backtrack
At the last election the government received a mandate based on their pledges, and one was formalising a policy of neutrality.
# Peace
Why the peace deal between Ukraine and Russia today is so important
Marathon talks have led to a deal.
# making a difference
Shortlist for Tipperary International Peace Award announced
Those shortlisted include Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, Médecins Sans Frontiéres and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
# Political nostalgia
Bill Clinton turned on the Belfast Christmas lights 19 years ago today
Peace has brought real change to your lives.”
# temple
Setting divisions alight: Burning Man comes to Derry
Will Northern Ireland be tasting a little bit of Nevada?
# new haass
We'll soon be hearing a lot more about US Senator Gary Hart
Northern Ireland talks are already underway.
# Peace
This guy is warning all sides in the North to refrain from 'dangerous mutual provocation'
He said the European Parliament is willing to act as an ‘honest broker’ to support the peace process.
# won't be easy
Putin and Poroshenko are meeting next week to try and rescue a truce
The talks will include talks British Prime Minister David Cameron as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
# Two-State Solution
Sweden to recognise a new Palestinian state
It has not been confirmed if parliamentary approval is needed.