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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fears grow for North's peace

The North remains deeply divided across society and politics and risks lurching back into the past, a new report says.

Separate political cultures have not been reconciled while housing and education has seen deepening segregation, a review for the Community Relations Council added.

Paramilitarism remains a threat, the policing deal is not secure, with many Catholic recruits leaving early, and there has been no strategy for reconciliation or dealing with the past, the document added.

"No new political party has emerged since the 1998 agreement and the stability of Northern Ireland politics is to do with the equilibrium achieved between the two blocs rather than any reconciliation between the two political cultures," it said.



Tsunami debris to hit US coast

Lumber, boats and other debris ripped from Japanese coastal towns by tsunamis last year have spread across 3,000 miles of the northern Pacific, where they could wash ashore on America's west coast as early as a year from now.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates tsunami debris is expected to reach the coasts of Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Canada between March 2013 and March 2014.



Cricket ball kills schoolboy (16)

Tributes have been paid to a 16-year-old English boy who died after apparently being hit on the head by a cricket ball while at school.

Kyle Rees suffered a serious head injury during the incident at Portchester School, in Bournemouth, Dorset.

A 16-year-old boy, who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, has been released on bail.



Air steward in theft swoop

Police at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport say they have nabbed a sticky-fingered flight attendant.

Jean Paulino is said to have swiped about $140 and two driving licences belonging to a couple from an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint.

He was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Washington and charged with theft.

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