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  • Belfast police to sue for all Boston College tapes

    Northern Ireland police announced Thursday they will sue to obtain all of the audiotaped interviews of former militants who described their wartime careers to a Boston College oral history project, a move designed to reopen scores of "cold case" murder investigations in the British territory.

  • FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Helen McKendry holds a family photograph showing her mother Jean McConcille, at home in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland. Police in Northern Ireland arrested Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams on Wednesday over his alleged involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow. Adams, 65, confirmed his own arrest in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview. Police long had been expected to question Adams about the killing of Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of 10 whom the IRA killed with a single gunshot to the head as an alleged spy. According to all authoritative histories of the Sinn Fein-IRA movement, Adams served as an IRA commander for decades, but he has always denied holding any position in the outlawed group. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

    Correction: Northern Ireland-Adams Arrested story

    The Associated Press has determined that Jean McConville, a widowed west Belfast mother of 10 abducted and killed by the Irish Republican Army in December 1972, was 38 at the time of her death, not 37 as has been reported by news media including the AP since she was first reported missing in January 1973. The AP reported that she was 37 based on information provided by police, reference books and some of her children. After receiving conflicting information last week, the AP sought and obtained a copy of McConville's birth certificate, which gives her date of birth as May 7, 1934, making her 38 at the time of her death.

  • Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday May 4, 2014. Adams was released without charge Sunday after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in a decades-old Irish Republican Army killing, an event that has driven a dangerous wedge into Northern Ireland's unity government. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Analysis: Belfast IRA charge on Adams unlikely

    A police evidence file documenting Gerry Adams' Irish Republican Army career has been delivered to British state prosecutors in Belfast, but experts say the chances of the Sinn Fein leader being charged are slim on legal, political and particularly national-security grounds.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, Helen McKendry holds a family photo with her mother, Jean McConville, at home in Killyleagh, Northern Ireland.  Police in Northern Ireland arrested Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, over his alleged involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of McConville. On Friday, May 2, the senior Sinn Fein politician in Northern Ireland's unity government demanded Adams' immediate release, as police sought to extend his interrogation over McConville's murder.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

    Police get extra 48 hours to question Gerry Adams

    Northern Ireland police were granted an extra 48 hours Friday to interrogate Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about the 1972 IRA killing of a Belfast widow, infuriating his Irish nationalist party and raising questions about the stability of the province's Catholic-Protestant government.

  • Michael McConville, the son of Jean McConville who was murdered by the IRA, speaks to the media at the Wave Trauma centre in Belfast, Thursday, May, 1, 2014. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is still being questioned by police at Antrim police station after being arrested late Wednesday in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.  (AP Photo)

    Sinn Fein chief detained 3rd day over IRA killing

    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was in police custody for a third day Friday as detectives questioned him over his alleged role in the Irish Republican Army killing of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972.

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland police say they have arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on suspicion of involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast widow. Adams confirmed his own arrest Wednesday in a prepared statement and described it as a voluntary, prearranged interview. Police had been expected to question the 65-year-old Adams about the 1972 killing of Jean McConville, whom the IRA executed as an alleged spy. The IRA did not admit the killing until 1998. Adams was implicated in the killing by two IRA veterans who gave taped interviews to researchers for a Boston College research project. The Northern Ireland police took legal steps to acquire the interviews, parts of which have already been published after one IRA interviewee died. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

    Sinn Fein leader arrested over 1972 IRA killing

    Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams, the warlord-turned-peacemaker of the Northern Ireland conflict, was being interrogated Thursday over the grisly slaying of a Belfast widow that has haunted his political career for decades.

  • Boston College project cited in Gerry Adams arrest

    A Boston College oral history project may have played a role in the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams by police in Northern Ireland.

  • Leaders talk justice for Northern Ireland victims of violence

    In a hearing on Capitol Hill, human rights experts and survivors of decades of violence and civil unrest in Northern Ireland discussed the need for justice and accountability for victims and society at large.

  • Falsely accused Irish priest returns to ministry with joy

    A priest exonerated of sexual assault charges against a teen girl will return to his parish with "great joy," almost four years after he left public ministry, and two years after his acquittal.

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  • Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson pauses as he speaks to the media at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.  Robinson has welcomed the inquiry set up to look into the NI secret letters row and also said he was happy with the terms of reference for the inquiry.  He had threatened to resign over the issue of 'On the Runs' - republican paramilitary suspects who were given assurances that they were not being sought by police.  (AP Photo)

    UK to open probe on secret deal for IRA fugitives

    The British government announced Thursday it will appoint a judge to investigate its long-secret policy of supplying letters to Irish Republican Army fugitives promising them protection from arrest. The issue is dividing Northern Ireland's unity government. Why? The AP explains.

  • Former Sen. George Mitchell speaks after the unveiling of his portrait, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.  The painting, by James Hanley, will hang in the Hall of Flags at the State House. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Former Sen. Mitchell: US on proper course in Iran

    The U.S. made the right decision to negotiate with, and ease sanctions on, Iran to give the country the chance to prove it doesn't want to build a nuclear weapon, former Maine senator and special envoy to Northern Ireland and the Middle East George Mitchell said Tuesday.

  • Sean Bean as Eddard Stark in the Blu-ray release "Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season." (Courtesy HBO Home Video)

    Northern Ireland turns to ‘Game of Thrones’ to draw in tourists

    Northern Ireland tourism agents trying to spark some travel and pull in some revenues are looking to television for ideas, trying to piggyback off the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” as a destination draw.

  • 5 Things to Know about the World Cup of Golf

    The World Cup of Golf begins Thursday at Royal Melbourne with 25 two-man teams and eight to 10 individual golfers vying for $8 million in prize money.

  • McIlroy looking for the kid who won the PGA

    The curls no longer spilled from under his cap, a big change for Rory McIlroy. Prompted to reveal the rest of his free haircut, he removed his hat and wild brown locks sprang to life.

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