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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.

Estonia's new PM says Russia sanctions would hurt, but may be needed

By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - Estonia's new prime minister said on Tuesday that imposing economic sanctions on Russia would hurt European Union countries, but might be needed to send a strong message to Moscow. Taavi Roivas, who became prime minister of the Baltic state - an EU member that was formerly part of the Soviet Union - in late March, said it was vital for the EU to show unity over Ukraine.

Norway's oil fund could dump shares in fossil fuels

STAVANGER, Norway - Norway is considering excluding foreign oil and coal companies from its $860 billion sovereign wealth fund, which manages profits from Norway's own fossil fuel industry. In a shake-up of the fund that sharpens its environmental focus, Finance Minister Siv Jensen said Friday she had appointed a panel to assess the question on the grounds of possible damage to the climate. It will report back to the government in November. The move highlights Norway's ambition to be a climate leader globally, while continuing to hunt for oil and gas in its own waters.

Latvia postpones Russian Patriarch's visit amid Ukraine crisis

Latvia has asked the head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill, to postpone a planned visit amid tension between Russia and the Baltic states over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. A letter from Latvian President Andris Berzins requesting that the May visit be put off indefinitely was handed to Kirill's representatives in Moscow on Thursday.

Lithuania bans Russian TV station over 'lies'

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania banned broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months on Friday for showing a film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence government. Tensions between the Baltic states, including Lithuania, have risen since the Ukraine crisis. The former Soviet republics fear Moscow is trying to destabilize their region, which like Crimea also has large Russia-speaking minorities.

Lithuania bans Russian TV station over 'lies'

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania banned broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months on Friday for showing a film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence government. Tensions between the Baltic states, including Lithuania, and Russia have risen since the Ukraine crisis. The former Soviet republics fear Moscow is trying to destabilize their region, which like Crimea also has large Russia-speaking minorities.

Lithuania accuses Russian diplomat of spying

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania's domestic intelligence department on Monday accused a Russian diplomat of spying, saying he had sought to gain access to classified information during the Baltic state's presidency of the European Union last year. The accusation was made at a time of increasing tension between the two countries as Lithuania nervously watches its former overlord asserting itself in Ukraine.

EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

The European Union has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday. The deal, agreed in London on Wednesday -- a week after negotiations with Iceland broke down -- is aimed at ending a four-year "mackerel war" over north Atlantic mackerel quotas with Iceland and the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory.

EU, Iceland and Nordic mackerel quota talks break down

Negotiations over mackerel fishing quotas have fallen apart, Iceland said Thursday, extending a dispute dubbed "the mackerel war" that has been a thorny issue in the country's EU membership bid. The European Union, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway left a meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday without reaching an agreement for 2014. Iceland's government said that the parties should leave it there. "It is evident that the opportunity to reach an agreement for the 2014 fishing season has slipped away," the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries said in a statement.

N. Ireland leader threatens to quit after IRA bomb trial collapse

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson threatened to resign Wednesday unless there is a judicial inquiry into the aborted trial of a man suspected in a 1982 IRA bombing in London. Robinson said the British government had kept him in the dark on the issue of secret amnesty letters given to fugitive suspects -- the issue that caused the high-profile Hyde Park bombing trial to be abandoned.
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