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# tensions

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North Korea says it will restart nuclear reactor
North Korea shut down the reactor in July 2007 until an aid-for-disarmament deal – but now there are concerns that it will be used to produce weapons-grade uranium.
Police pelted with bricks and bottles in Belfast by masked gang
One officer was injured when the gang blocked a road and threw projectiles at police officers during a disturbance in Belfast.
Labour has lost its core values, says resigning councillor
Bobby Fitzgerald said the policy being pursued by the national party is leading to “untold hardship”.
Timeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Ireland
It began with a vote and ended with burnt-out offices, dozens of injuries and arrests, and a sense that a fragile peace had been disrupted.
PSNI officers meet with loyalists in bid to end protests
Senior officers met with the Ulster People’s Forum over the protests which have been ongoing for almost two months.
Eleven arrested for blocking roads in Northern Ireland protests
The eleven have all been arrested on charges of obstructing roads as part of an ongoing protest over the flying of the Union flag.
Photos: Israel evicts Palestinians from West Bank protest site
Dozens of protesters were evicted from the first-of-its-kind protest camp in an area slated for Jewish settlement.
PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007
Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Fatah attended the mass rally – the first since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.
North Korea confirms arrest of US citizen
The man entered North Korea as a tourist and committed an unspecified crime, according to North Korean authorities.
Children among 15 arrested during protests across Northern Ireland
An 11-year-old, a 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds were among those arrest after disorder broke out at loyalist protests last night.
Condemnation after North Korea launches rocket
America, China and Russia have all expressed concern about the successful launch of the rocket by North Korea – and asked all sides to avoid ‘stoking the flames’.
Alliance Party: "This was an attempt to kill police officers"
A gang of 15 men attacked an unmarked police car opposite the offices of an Alliance Party MP last night, as violence worsens in Belfast.
Tanks deployed at Egypt presidential palace after clashes
Five demonstrators died overnight as supporters and opponents of president Mohamed Morsi fought outside the presidential palace.
Iran 'captures' US drone over Gulf waters
The unmanned drone is reported to have been captured after it entered Iranian airspace, the Revolutionary Guards have said. t
Israel ready to 'significantly expand' Gaza operation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this morning that Israel is “extracting a heavy price from Hamas and the terror organisations”.
Musharraf calls for India, Pakistan to 'bury the hatchet'
The former Pakistan president said the two nuclear-armed countries need to settle their differences in order to ease tensions in the region.
Labour TDs criticise Fine Gael 'rants' about Croke Park deal
One Labour TD described the eight Fine Gael TDs as “belligerent”
Turkish jets force Syrian plane to land over suspicious cargo
Turkey says that the plane’s cargo “did not comply with rules of civil aviation” as tensions between the two countries escalate.
North Korea says its rockets can hit the US, analysts say it's bluster
The secretive state’s latest public comment came in response to the announcement of a new deal between South Korea and the US to triple the range of its missiles.
IMF: We want property tax of 0.5 per cent. Noonan: Nope, not happening.
OH, IT’S ON (well, kind of. It’s all very civil).
48 pilgrims from Iran kidnapped in Syria - reports
The 48 Iranians were abducted by armed terrorists who boarded their bus in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Four men charged over 12 July violence in Belfast
At least 10 shots were fired at police in Ardoyne last night.
PHOTOS: Violence flares after 12 July parade in Belfast
Police used water cannons to push back nationalist protesters, while petrol bombs were thrown at riot police.
Hillary Clinton condemns Syria for shooting down Turkish jet
“It is yet another reflection of the Syrian authorities’ callous disregard for international norms, human life, and peace and security,” Clinton said.
Ryanair's shareholding in Aer Lingus on course to be investigated
Ryanair has already said it plans to appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.
Al Jazeera closes Beijing bureau after reporter expelled from China
It is the first time in 14 years that a foreign journalist has been kicked out of China.
Ouch: Tensions increase as Gerry Adams dismisses Fianna Fáil as 'impotent'
The two parties have exchanged a series of increasingly-harsh criticisms this week as they battle to be seen as the main opposition party.
UN observers in Syria visit Homs
The UN observers are trying to shore up a shakey ceasefire in Syria as part of a political solution to the conflict that has killed more than 9,000 people.
South Sudan's leader says Sudan has declared war
The president, who is on a visit to China, made the remarks after the Sudanese leader vowed to press ahead with his military campaign.
Labour must return to core beliefs - or pull out of government, says Labour MEP
In an opinion piece for this morning, Nessa Childers says Labour needs to
Obama warns North Korea against conducting rocket test
The US president said there will be consequences if North Korea goes ahead with its plans to test a long-range rocket next month.
Argentina accuses UK of sending nuclear sub to Falkland Islands
Argentina says Britain has deployed a nuclear sub, the Vanguard, to guard the islands; Britain has refused to comment.
'Birth tourism' heightens tensions between China and Hong Kong
Half of the babies born in Hong Kong last year have parents from the mainland.
Argentina to lodge UN complaint today as UK denies 'militarisation' of Falklands
There are growing tensions between the two nations ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
EU agrees oil embargo against Iran over nuclear programme
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was part of an “unprecedented set of sanctions” against Iran.
South Korean delegation meets Kim Jong Il's heir in Pyongyang
Today’s meeting is a rare event between the hostile neighbours as South Korean delegation pays its respects to the late Kim Jong Il.
NATO "has no intention of intervening in Iran"
The US and other leading Western governments believe that Iran is intending to develop a nuclear arsenal. Iran has warned the US not to set them on “a collision course”