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The Irish Republican Army may
still be active a decade after its public
disbandment, a senior Northern
Ireland official said yesterday, a
revelation that, if substantiated, could
bring down the government of the
The remark prompted a flat denial
from a senior figure in Sinn Fein,
a party whose position as part of
Northern Ireland’s power-sharing
government is predicated on the
dissolution of the IRA, its former
An end to the IRA was a central
plank of the 1998 Good Friday accord
that largely ended three decades of
violence in Northern Ireland between
Catholics who favoured unification
with the Republic of Ireland and
Protestants wanting to stay British.
It also drew a line under decades of
shootings and bombings in England
designed to pressure the British
Northern Ireland Justice Minister
David Ford said police had told him
the murder of former IRA member
Kevin McGuigan in Belfast on
August 12 may have involved other
members of the group.
“They were talking about people
who are or were members of the
Provisional IRA, so clearly there is a
concern ... that there may be current
IRA members involved,” Ford told the
Irish State broadcaster RTE.
“This is the first time in which the
police have said clearly and openly the
potential for the IRA still existing,”
Ford, a member of the non-sectarian
Alliance Party, said.
He cautioned, however, that the
possibility was only a line of inquiry
and police must be given time to
establish the facts.
Detective Superintendent Kevin
Geddes said in a statement it had
“no information to say at this stage
whether this (killing) was sanctioned
at a command level or not,” by the
Six people have been detained
for questioning about the murder,
including convicted IRA bomber Sean
Kelly, who was jailed for involvement
in the 1993 killing of nine Protestants
in Belfast. He was freed in 2000 under
the Good Friday deal.
Northern Ireland First Minister
Peter Robinson said that, if the IRA
turned out to be still active, he might
seek the removal of Sinn Fein from
“Republicans cannot be in the
executive in circumstances where
this murder was the work of the
Provisional IRA,” Robinson said in
a statement, using the full name the
IRA went by from the 1970s until its
disbandment in 2005.
Former IRA members have long
been active in a number of small
“dissident ” militant groups that
rejected the 1998 Good Friday
accords, including groups using
variants of the IRA name.
But the existence of the main IRA
group would raise questions about
links to Sinn Fein, the largest Irish
nationalist party in Northern Ireland.
IRA ‘may still be active’
Rabbits are seen in a cage, which is placed by authority as a test of the living conditions near the site of last week’s blasts at Binhai
new district in Tianjin, China. According to local media, the animals were alive after being placed near the blasts site for two hours.
Four new fires have broken out at the site where two huge blasts last week killed 116 people.
Rabbits used to test for blast contamination
The second-in-command of the Islamic
State militant group was killed during a
United States air strike in Iraq on Tuesday,
the White House said, dealing a blow to the
group that has sought to form a caliphate in
the Middle East.
“ Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as
Hajji Mutazz ... was killed in a US military
air strike on August 18 while traveling in a
vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an Isil
media operative known as Abu Abdullah,”
White House spokesman Ned Price said in
“Al-Hayali’s death will adversely impact
Isil’s operations given that his influence
spanned Isil’s finance, media, operations, and
logistics,” Price said, referring to the group by
The White House said the dead leader was
a “primary co-ordinator” for moving weapons,
explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq
He was in charge of operations in Iraq and
helped plan the group’s offensive in Mosul in
June of last year.
The US and its allies stage daily air strikes
on Islamic State targets in the group’s self-
declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. A drone
strike last month killed a senior Islamic State
leader in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.
One counter-terrorism specialist cautioned
that the impact of the killing on Islamic State
could be short-lived.
“My experience in looking at the Islamic
State suggests they have demonstrated an
ability to move people up into positions”
when high-ranking operatives are killed, Seth
Jones, a former Pentagon official now at the
Rand Corporation, said.
Jones said how much territory Islamic State
controls was more important in determining
the group’s power.
“The key issue is territorial control,” he said.
Islamic State militants have destroyed an
ancient monastery in the central Syrian
province of Homs, according to a monitor
and pictures published by the jihadist group.
“The Islamic State group yesterday
used bulldozers to destroy the Mar Elian
monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs
province,” Syrian Obser vatory for Human
Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman, said.
He said the militants demolished the Syriac
Catholic monastery “on the pretext that it
was used for worshipping others than God”.
Photographs posted on-line by IS showed
militants bulldozing parts of the monastery,
although they did not appear to have
completely destroyed the building with
explosives as they have done with shrines and
other religious buildings elsewhere.
IS seized Al-Qaryatain on August 5,
kidnapping at least 230 people, including
dozens of Christians.
The town lies at the crossroads between
IS territory in the eastern countryside of
The Obser vatory said IS had released 48
of those it took captive when it overran the
town, and had transferred another 110 to its
stronghold of Raqa province.
The Mar Elian monastery dates back to the
fifth century and is named for a Christian
from Homs province who was martyred for
refusing to renounce his faith.
IS second-in-command killed, claims US
Militants destroy ancient monastery
A gunman on a train has opened fire while
travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, injuring
three people before being overpowered by
passengers, French State rail company SNCF
and rescue ser vices say.
Two of the victims were seriously injured in
the attack and at least one suffered gunshot
wounds, an SNCF spokesman said, adding
the assailant was armed with guns and
The motives behind the attack were not
The incident happened near Arras in
northern France shortly after 6pm local
time and the gunman was arrested when the
train stopped at the town’s station, an SNCF
Cazeneuve was heading to Arras in the wake
of the incident, his ministry said.
France remains on edge after Islamic
extremists attacked the satirical magazine
Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in
Paris in January.
In June, a man beheaded his boss and tried
to blow up a gas plant in southern France in
what prosecutors say was an attack inspired
by the Islamic State group.
Gunman opens fire on Paris train
Graffiti artist Banksy has
announced the opening
of a dystopian theme park
in a British seaside town,
featuring boats filled with
migrants and an anarchist
The ‘Dismaland’ theme park
is located in a derelict outdoor
swimming pool centre in
Weston-super-Mare, a coastal
town near Bristol in the west
Visitors will be greeted
by a burned-out version
of the famous Disneyland
castle, and a dead Cinderella
hanging out of her crashed
pumpkin carriage surrounded
It features a riot van built to
patrol the streets of Northern
Ireland, altered to boast
a brightly-coloured slide
alongside its water cannon.
In one fairground game,
visitors can steer miniature
boats full of asylum seekers
around a pond.
Welcome to Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’
The crashed carriage and paparazzi.
by Dave Green 0725 Difficulty Level
QUICK QUIZ 10054
1. Who won the gruelling multisport Coast to Coast event nine times?
2. What does a speleologist study?
3. Who founded New Zealand’s The Warehouse chain?
4. In which country is the famous wine-producing area of
5. Is a sartorius a muscle in your thigh, a mythical half-man half-eagle
creature or a learned professor at a French university?
6. What nationality was the famous murderer Dr Crippen?
7. In legend, who was King Arthur’s wife?
8. In which city are the Spanish Steps?
9. Which New Zealander created the fictional sleuth Inspector
10. How many horns does the Indian rhinoceros have?
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Marsh, 10 One.
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The world can breathe easy —
a giant asteroid is not hurtling
towards earth about to wipe out
much of the Americas, Nasa
has felt compelled to explain
following a swirl of on-line
Blogs and off-beat news sites
have claimed a major asteroid
will hit earth in mid to late
September near Puerto Rico,
throughout the region.
But that theory is entirely
baseless, Nasa’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory said in a post this
week, trying to dampen the
“There is no scientific basis
not one shred of evidence
that an asteroid or any other
celestial object will impact Earth
on those dates,” Paul Chodas,
the manager of the Near-Earth
Object office at the laboratory
said. The lab explained that
all known hazardous asteroids
have a less than 0.01% chance
of hitting earth in the next 100
“ If there were any object
large enough to do that type of
destruction in September, we
would have seen something of it
by now,” he said.
Doomsday theorists have made
similar predictions in the past,
including the Mayan calendar
c laim in 2012, all of which were
not backed up by science and
turned out to be false.
“Again, there is no existing
evidence that an asteroid or any
other celestial object is on a
trajectory that will impact earth,”
Giant asteroid not about to hit earth, says Nasa
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