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Northern Ireland police arrest man in Belfast shooting

BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a prominent former member of a hardline republican splinter group. Tommy Crossan, a leading opponent of a 1998 peace deal in the British province who had been a senior figure in the Continuity IRA, was shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast and died at the scene.

Ukraine's eastern hot spots

Ukraine's heavily Russified southeast has been the scene of a string of uprisings and attacks by pro-Russian armed groups since April 6. The main unrest has focused around Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkiv, the regional centres of an economically depressed rust belt that stretches along the border with Russia. DONETSK

Warship that fired first shots of WWI now a gravel barge in Serbia

Belgrade, Apr 14 (EFE).- The river monitor Bodrog, the Austro-Hungarian navy ship that fired the first shots of World War I and a witness to the European conflicts of the 20th century under four different flags, now serves as a gravel barge in Serbia. The Bodrog, a heavily armored vessel launched in 1904 and equipped with the most advanced naval technology of the time, shelled the Serbian capital just before midnight on July 28, 1914. The ship's 120 mm guns fired the first shots of a conflict that would last four years, leave millions of people dead and devastate Europe.

Japan pledges continued support for Kosovo, stability in Balkans

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on Monday, declaring Japan's continued support for stability in the Balkan region, which has a history of ethnic conflict. "The stability and development of Kosovo, the youngest nation in the area, is key to stability in the Balkans," Abe told a joint press conference following his summit with Thaci in Tokyo, expressing Japan's intention to keep offering economic assistance to the country, which declared statehood in 2008.

Japan pledges continued support for Kosovo, stability in Balkans

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on Monday, declaring Japan's continued support for stability in the Balkan region, which has a history of ethnic conflict. "The stability and development of Kosovo, the youngest nation in the area, is key to stability in the Balkans," Abe told a joint press conference following his summit with Thaci in Tokyo, expressing Japan's intention to keep offering economic assistance to the country, which declared statehood in 2008.

Norway amnesiac officially identified as Czech

The young amnesiac found in Norway whose identity was a mystery for almost four months is Czech, Norwegian police said Friday, after DNA tests confirmed the claims of relatives and acquaintances. Dubbed "John Smith", the man said he was "happy, of course", but repeated his refusal to return to the Czech Republic. "Norwegian police have just received confirmation from Czech police that the comparison of DNA samples from the man in Oslo with amnesia with his presumed parents are finished," the Oslo police said in a statement.

Whisky makers fear loss of global network under Scottish independence

By Belinda Goldsmith EDINBURGH, Scotland (Reuters) - Scotland's lucrative whisky industry flagged its concerns over Scottish independence for the first time on Friday, saying its access to a global network for promotion and sales was vital after reporting flat exports last year. Figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) showed that exports in 2013 were steady at 4.3 billion pounds ($7.21 billion), representing around 85 percent of Scottish food and drink exports and nearly a quarter of the British total.

Man charged with 29 murders in N.Ireland bombing

Northern Ireland police on Thursday charged a 43-year-old man with the murders of 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst single atrocity of the Troubles. "Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the 1998 Omagh bombing have charged a 43-year-old man with the murders of the 29 people who died in the explosion and a number of other offences," said a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement. British media, including the BBC, named the man as the senior republican figure Seamus Daly, from Culloville, County Monaghan.

Northern Ireland charges man with murder in Omagh bombing

By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday. Just months after a peace deal was struck, 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed and more than 200 were wounded in the attack. No one has been criminally convicted for it.

Fresh leads in Norwegian amnesia mystery

Norwegian police said Wednesday they had "interesting leads" a day after launching a public appeal to identify a foreigner suffering from amnesia whose identity has been a mystery for four months. "We have received information from Norway but also from other countries and we find some of that information very interesting," Oslo police spokesman Sturla Henriksboe told AFP.
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