Enda McClafferty Published 20 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Every high-wire act needs a safety net and Stormont is no different. It came in the form of legislation designed to ensure that no matter what happened, the facade of government would survive. All the bases were covered or so officials thought. A functional assembly providing cover for a dysfunctional executive. But that carefully woven safety net fell apart when the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) blocked the election of a speaker as part of its protest against the protocol. But is the DUP defiance now starting to soften. What is the Northern Ireland Protocol? Claims about Northern Ireland's Brexit fact-checked Truss sets out new law on Northern Ireland trade deal The government's pledge to legislate "within weeks" to override parts of the Northern Ireland … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland Protocol: Is the DUP’s defiance starting to soften?
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ratcheted up his objection to Sweden and Finland joining Nato . Sweden’s prime minister had announced that the country would join Finland in seeking membership of the military alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a historic shift that came after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country. Erdogan accused the countries of failing to take a clear stance against Kurdish militants and of imposing military sanctions on Turkey. “Neither country has an open, clear stance against terrorist organisations,” Erdogan said at a joint news conference with the visiting Algerian president. READ MORE: Why Turkey dissents on Finland and Sweden joining Nato and why it matters In historic shift, Sweden ends neutrality and joins Finland in seeking Nato membership Russia threatens to retaliate if Finland, Sweden try and join Nato Nato chief says Finland, Sweden welcome to apply to join “We cannot … [Read more...] about Turkey: No to Sweden and Finland joining Nato
For months, as 18-year-old Payton Gendron formulated a plan to kill dozens of black people in Buffalo, New York state, he worked to keep his racist plot a secret from his family, according to Gendron's postings online. "I literally can't wait any longer, my parents know something is wrong," he wrote on April 15, musing about when to carry out a planned shooting that took place on Saturday, killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket. The writings were uploaded to internet file-sharing sites in two batches in recent weeks after apparently being posted on the messaging platform Discord from November 2021 through early May. They reveal a teenager intent on keeping his parents in the dark not only about preparations for mass murder but also about the quotidian details of his life. They help fill out a portrait of a young man who described himself as isolated from family and as someone who had few friends and found refuge in hate. READ MORE: Alt-right and conspiracy theories … [Read more...] about ‘I lied to them for months’: Buffalo shooting suspect kept plans from family
JOHN BISSET/STUFF Twins James and Richard Koia have now found three shooting medals from 1914 belonging to the late William Joseph Husband. Armed with their trusty metal detectors, Timaru’s treasure-hunting twins spend hours scouring the coastline for lost items – often volunteering their services to reunite people with lost items. Since word of James and Richard Koia’s ability to find things got out, members of the community have been asking them to help find phones, rings and necklaces. “We have had a bit of success finding things for people,” James said. In the two years they have been hunting treasure they have also uncovered a number of historically significant items, spending time to reunite them with their rightful owners. READ MORE: Shooting medal discovered on South Canterbury beach more than 60 years after being lost Medals found in the grass in Whitianga reunited with Wellington man Long lost medal makes its way home to South Canterbury In some … [Read more...] about Treasure-hunting twins strike again, reunite family with long-lost war medals