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WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- About 1,700 German companies are active in Iran ($7 billion in trade), where most companies are equipped with German technology. Under U.S. pressure, Germany’s three main commercial banks have closed their Tehran offices and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the U.N. rostrum, urged a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program. But this finds little favorable echo in the Bundestag. Thus, EU sanctions would most likely be watered down to where neither Iran nor Germany would feel much pain.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.
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Irish prime minister to form coalition

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 27 (UPI) -- The Fianna Fail party won Ireland's general election, but failed to gain an overall majority in Parliament, it was reported Sunday.

English rule of Northern Ireland ends

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, May 8 (UPI) -- Direct rule of Northern Ireland by London ended Tuesday as Protestant and Catholic parties signed a power-sharing agreement in Belfast.

Irish parliamentary election called May 24

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 29 (UPI) -- The president of the Irish Republic Mary McAleese dissolved parliament Sunday as Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced a general election on May 24.

N. Ireland political divide narrows

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 26 (UPI) -- The religious and political divide in Northern Ireland narrowed Monday in Dublin, with a meeting of the major Catholic and Protestant parties. A meeting between the Protestant Democratic Unionist party representative, Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, the lead

Sinn Fein supports new police force

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein, the nationalist party in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is backing a national police force in Ulster.

Man charged in attempt on leaders' lives

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A British loyalist was charged in Belfast Saturday with attempting to kill Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

Irish politicians featured in Vaughn film

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Over the weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.S. film actor Vince Vaughn conducted interviews with two key area politicians for a documentary he is making.

Pact outlines N. Ireland government

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- British and Irish leaders, meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland, released details of an agreement for an inclusive government in Northern Ireland.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2006 with 112 to follow.
By United Press International

Blair gives Northern Ireland a deadline

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 6 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Northern Ireland politicians Thursday they have eight months to revive the political process.

Admitted British agent killed in Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 4 (UPI) -- A former member of Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein Party who admitted serving for 20 years as a British agent was shot dead at his remote cottage.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2006 with 289 to follow.
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Bush mulls Sinn Fein for St. Pat's party

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Bush administration could lift its ban on Sinn Fein attending the White House St. Patrick's Day party this year, The Times of London reports. The newspaper said it had learned that Mitchell Reiss, President George Bush's special envoy to Northern Irel

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2006 with 334 to follow.
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Sinn Fein leader admits spying for British

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A senior member of the nationalist Sinn Fein Party in Northern Ireland admitted Friday that he had been spying for the British for 20 years.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2005 with 112 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Sept. 5-11, 2005.
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Blair welcomes IRA end to violence

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 28 (UPI) -- The IRA has formally ordered an end to the armed struggle and is to follow purely political means to achieve its aims.

Gerry Adams quits IRA council

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 27 (UPI) -- The Irish justice minister has said he believes senior Sinn Fein figures Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Martin Ferris have left the IRA army council.

Several injured in Belfast riot

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 12 (UPI) -- Several people, including police officers and journalists, were injured Tuesday night during a riot in North Belfast.

DUP's Paisley: IRA statement irrelevant

LONDON, June 15 (UPI) -- The expected IRA statement on disarmament will be "totally meaningless" without action, Democratic Unionist Party Leader Ian Paisley said Wednesday.

Adams: Adhere to Good Friday pact or out

LONDON, May 19 (UPI) -- Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says the Democratic Unionist Party should follow the Good Friday Agreement on sharing power in Northern Ireland, or be excluded.

UK: Ulster assembly must include Sinn Fein

LONDON, May 18 (UPI) -- The exclusion of Sinn Fein from a power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland is not an option, a British official said Wednesday.
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