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# Peace

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# Peace
Explainer: What do the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks mean?
The talks are due to last up until the middle of next year so let’s have a look at the progress so far.
# sdlp conference
Gilmore: 'We were determined that Ireland would be Europe’s success story'
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore spoke at the SDLP Conference today where he also addressed issues of peace and reconciliation in the north.
# Awards
Irish priest follows Dalai Lama in being honoured for peace work
Fr Patrick Devine was awarded the 2013 International Caring Award for setting up the Shalom Centre.
# In disguise
International Clown Convention deny involvement in killing of drug cartel leader
Gunmen dressed as clowns, with rubber noses and wigs, opened fire on the former leading member of Tijuana drug cartel.
# Concealed Weapons
Theatre group arrested at Belfast airport after bullets found in costume
Ironically, the group are involved in an anti-war production.
# Peace
Parades, protests and flags on the agenda as US diplomat arrives in Belfast
Richard Haass has been asked to chair an all-party panel that will make recommendations on how to deal with the most divisive issues by the end of the year.
# Prayers
Seven plane-loads of people depart Dublin for Lourdes pilgrimage
About 2,000 people, including sick pilgrims, medics and volunteers, left Dublin first thing this morning.
Column: I'm a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I'm finally happy
A Bethany Home survivor, who now lives in Australia, writes about how his time in the home shaped and damaged his life and his journey to find out the truth about his birth.
Column: 'Life for an Afghan is random, ruthless and unforgiving'
After living in Afghanistan, I got to see first-hand what the people of that country go through, writes Noel Scanlon, who says he wishes he could be more optimistic about the country’s future.
Column: Obama's speech was an insight into the current state of politics in Northern Ireland
Speaking directly to the next generation of Northern Ireland, like Obama did, is what we need, says David McCann, who writes that it is the duty of younger people to get ready, take charge and drive the agenda forward.
# potus on tour
Obama to call for nuclear cuts in Berlin speech
The US President will use an open-air speech to propose a reduction in American and Russian warheads.
# Iran
US want a 'diplomatic solution' to Iran's nuclear program
The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at building nuclear weapons, but Iran insists it is for generating energy.
Funeral of Bolger brothers takes place in Passage East
The three fishermen brothers who died on Wednesday after their boat capsized were laid to rest today.
# Election
Hassan Rowhani wins Iran presidency
Rowhani has vowed to restore diplomatic ties with the United States and end discrimination against women.
# England
Far-right protesters turn up at mosque, worshippers give them tea
Supporters of the English Defence League were unexpectedly met with tea and biscuits as they turned up at the mosque in York, England.
# Northern Ireland
Groups awarded €1.5 million for "tireless" cross-border peace work
The Tánaiste said that Northern Ireland “is still a very divided society” but that the Good Friday Agreement “has opened up new possibilities”.
Column: Why are people disengaging with politics in Northern Ireland?
Following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, more than 70 per cent of people turned out to elect the first assembly. Fast forward 15 years and the people seem disenchanted, but why, asks David McCann.
# Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama crosses Derry Peace Bridge with Catholic and Protestant children
It’s his second visit to the city in six years.
Column: Though the Good Friday Agreement brought peace, we should never forget the past
On this date 15 years ago, the Good Friday Agreement was signed. While we have come along way, we shouldn’t take the peace we have for granted, writes Ben English.
# humanity
Can sport save mankind?
The United Nations says yes. Well, kind of.
Column: Not enough has been done to uphold the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement
It’s true Northern Ireland has come a long way over the last fifteen years, but we cannot afford to hang the ‘mission accomplished’ banner over the peace process, writes David McCann.
Column: What lessons have been learned from the Iraq War?
Ten years ago this week the United States-led “coalition of the willing” launched the Iraq War. If we’ve learned anything from the Iraq experience it’s that governments should refrain from biting off more than they can chew, says Scott Fitzsimmons.
Column: 'Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst' amid Kenya election fears
Five years ago, over 500,000 people were displaced and more than 1,500 killed in post-election violence in Kenya. Now, NGOs are working to manage humanitarian situation ahead of the country’s next election this Monday, writes Ivy Ndiewo.
Audio: NATO wants Ireland to get more involved with military alliance
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed an audience in Dublin last night.
Column: We need new ideas to solve the flag issue in Belfast
Innovative ideas are needed to solve the crisis in the North, writes Steve Wrenn, who says we need to think outside the box and compromise.
# Sanctions
North Korea unlikely to obey latest UN sanctions
The Security Council voted on a resolution condemning North Korea’s rocket launch in December that sent a satellite into orbit.
# Yoko Ono
'Imagine Peace' - Yoko Ono takes out full page ad in New York Times
A simple message.
# Protest
Pics: Anti-war protesters burn US flag in Dublin city centre
Protesters were stopped by Gardaí from marching to Dublin Castle where Hillary Clinton and foreign ministers are being hosted at a dinner.
# Northern Ireland
Hillary Clinton calls killing of David Black "outrageous and cowardly act"
The US Secretary of State praised the swift efforts of the PSNI in trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.
# Shannon Airport
'Legal violations' caused by US military and CIA use of Shannon Airport outlined in new booklet
Irish peace groups have outlined the “aviation, human rights, and international humanitarian law” which are being violated by the use of the airport by foreign military.
# just dropping in
Unexpected cat appearance of the day
What happens when a cat drops into a University class? He does it in the most spectacular way possible, of course.
# Peace
Fund delivers €5m for peace building and integration in NI
The first tranche of funding will go towards communities in Northern Ireland for projects such as working towards the removal of peace walls.
# Middle East
Jerusalem must be partitioned, says former Israeli PM
Ehud Olmert says it’s time to relinquish a unified Jerusalem in the interest of peace.
# Syria
Syrian conflict spreads to Lebanon
Five people were reportedly killed in Syria today. Meanwhile, pro- and anti-Assad groups clashed in northern Lebanon.
# Middle East
Palestinian Authority and Israel issue joint statement on peace
Both sides say they are committed to peace in rare joint statement.
# Be my friend
Watch: Israeli president calls for peace - in his new music video
Veteran politician Shimon Peres is trying a new approach to the peace process with this electro dance tune.