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Northern Ireland police to question witnesses to Bloody Sunday deaths

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Police in Northern Ireland said on Sunday they plan to question witnesses to the killing by British soldiers of 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland 40 years ago. The interviews form part of a murder investigation announced by the police in 2012 in relation to the "Bloody Sunday" killings, one of the most notorious episodes during 30 years of sectarian violence in the British-ruled province.

Football: Capello's Russia suffer new Northern Ireland delay

Fabio Capello's Russia saw their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland postponed for the second time in two days on Saturday as the unseasonal snow plaguing Britain once again made conditions at Belfast's Winsdor Park unplayable. The Group F match was originally due to be played Friday but was put back until 1500GMT Saturday as a result of a deluge of snow.

Northern Ireland forces defuse car bomb near G8 site

Northern Ireland security forces defused a car bomb on Saturday near where world leaders will meet for the G8 summit in June, officials said. Army bomb disposal experts cleared the "viable device" near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, which was believed to be destined for a local police station, said police. The site where the bomb was found is about 12 miles (19 kilometres) from the five-star Lough Erne hotel and golf resort where leaders of the Group of Eight richest nations meet on June 17 and 18.

Northern Ireland v Russia postponed for second time

LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying Group F match with Russia was postponed for a second time on Saturday because of snow and ice in Belfast. The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was put back a day before being called off again. "The referee has just called the match off as ice is forming on the pitch. There is no need for fans to come to Windsor Park to help," the Irish FA said on Twitter. There was no word on when the game would be rearranged.

FACTBOX-Northern Ireland suffers worst violence in years

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Riots broke out in Northern Ireland last month after a vote by mostly pro-Irish councillors to end the century-old tradition of flying the British flag daily from Belfast City Hall. Here is a look the background to Northern Ireland's continuing sectarian divide: * At least 3,600 people were killed over three decades as Catholic nationalists seeking union with Ireland fought British security forces and mainly Protestant loyalists determined to remain part of the United Kingdom.
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