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Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

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DUBLIN Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful to women's rights, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner said on Wednesday.

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Ireland must loosen abortion laws - Council of Europe rights commissioner 11:29am BST

DUBLIN Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful to women's rights, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner said on Wednesday.

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Magnusson free kick gives Iceland edge over Ireland 28 Mar 2017

DUBLIN Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson's sweetly-struck, first-half free kick handed Iceland a 1-0 friendly victory over Ireland on Tuesday as both teams gave a number of fringe players an opportunity to shine.

Soccer-Magnusson free kick gives Iceland edge over Ireland 28 Mar 2017

DUBLIN, March 28 Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson's sweetly-struck, first-half free kick handed Iceland a 1-0 friendly victory over Ireland on Tuesday as both teams gave a number of fringe players an opportunity to shine.

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UK raises prospect of direct rule for Northern Ireland if talks fail 28 Mar 2017

LONDON Britain will consider all options for Northern Ireland including direct rule from London if politicians there fail to form a regional government in the next three weeks, the minister for the province said on Tuesday.

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Britain gives Northern Ireland more time to reach power-sharing deal 27 Mar 2017

BELFAST The British government on Monday gave Northern Ireland's largest political parties a few more weeks to clinch a deal on a power-sharing regional government, staving off the risk of a suspension of devolved power for the first time in a decade.

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Britain to decide Northern Ireland's fate after talks fail 27 Mar 2017

BELFAST The British government was due to decide on Monday whether to take back direct rule of Northern Ireland for the first time in a decade or call a new election after the collapse of power-sharing between Irish nationalists and British unionists.

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FIFA to cover Coleman's wages during recovery 27 Mar 2017

Everton defender Seamus Coleman's wages will be paid by FIFA while he recovers from a double leg fracture suffered during international duty with Ireland.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-FIFA to cover Coleman's wages during recovery 27 Mar 2017

March 27 Everton defender Seamus Coleman's wages will be paid by FIFA while he recovers from a double leg fracture suffered during international duty with Ireland.

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O'Neill gives no time scale on Coleman leg break recovery 27 Mar 2017

Ireland and Everton defender Seamus Coleman underwent a successful leg operation but it is too early to put a time frame on his recovery, the country's manager Martin O'Neill has said.

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Iraqi forces battle towards landmark Mosul mosque

MOSUL Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said.