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Hong Kong leader extends olive branch to pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong’s embattled leader has said he is open to creating a more democratic selection committee before elections in 2017, extending a potential olive branch to democracy protesters as crunch talks to end the demonstrations got under way.<p>Parts of the Asian financial hub have been paralysed for …

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Northern Ireland talks: leaders must seize peace opportunity, says Taoiseach

Political talks aimed at solving the toxic issues of parades, flags and the past hanging over from the Northern Ireland peace process begin on Thursday in Belfast.<p>Before the discussions David Cameron said he hoped progress could be achieved by the end of November.<p>The negotiations will focus on how …

Northern Ireland talks to save Catholic-Protestant government open

Negotiations to bolster Northern Ireland's power-sharing government are opening Thursday in Belfast as the 7-year-old alliance of British Protestants and Irish Catholics faces its toughest political test.<p>The United Kingdom government is overseeing the talks at Stormont House involving local …

Former senator Gary Hart named as US special envoy to Northern Ireland

Gart Hart, the popular Democratic politician whose 1988 presidential campaign ended in a sex scandal, has been named special envoy to Northern Ireland, the US state department announced on Tuesday.<p>The secretary of state, John Kerry, called Hart “one of our country’s most respected and accomplished …

Hong Kong protest talks agree little

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Student leaders will meet with Hong Kong government representatives Tuesday, the first time the two sides have met since pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the city more than three weeks ago.<p>But while the talks present the best chance for a peaceful resolution to the …

Why would a Russian submarine enter Swedish waters?

If a Russian submarine really has been stranded off the coast of Sweden, it raises the question - what could it have been getting up to? Roland Oliphant explains<p>If the Swedish navy’s <b>hunt for a missing “Russian submarine”</b> sounds like a throw-back to the Cold War, it is no coincidence.<p>Diplomats in …

Church leaders: Reform has become political football

<b>People must not become "political pawns" in the debate over welfare reform, the leader of the Catholic church has said.</b><p>Archbishop Eamon Martin was speaking after leaders of the four main churches met with Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey at Stormont on Monday.<p>Archbishop Martin said the …