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Search teams examining forest land in France for the body of republican murder victim Seamus Ruddy

Why Seamus Ruddy saga makes case for a PTSD centre in Northern Ireland unanswerable 

Influenced as much by The Clash's Joe Strummer as Karl Marx, or Che Guevara, this writer became an early convert to Left-wing causes. Even by the end of the 1970s, this fledgling Leftist was adopting the "causes" of others across the planet, such as the heroic Vietnamese, who had driven out the Americans and were now engaged in an equally justified war against the genocidal Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot and their Chinese backers.

Theresa May's hardline stance on Brexit has shocked many who wanted to remain in the EU

The mask slips... Theresa May is revealed as the hardest of Brexiteers 

In the early hours of June 24 it became apparent in the Titanic Centre, Belfast, that the people of Northern Ireland had delivered - with a clear and unequivocal voice across the traditional boundaries and divisions of our scarred society - their desire that Northern Ireland remain within the European Union. Watching the results elsewhere, particularly from the north of England, it also became clear that our victory in battle was about to be squandered in the war across the Irish Sea.

On the march: many women believe Ardoyne Orange parade should be allowed to return via the flashpoint area

Would our future be better with women in charge? 

It's often said that, if women were in charge, wars would cease, conflict would melt away and violence would be a thing of the past. There's a widely-held assumption out there that women are naturally inclined to be peace-loving, far more likely to seek dialogue and consensus than hot-headed, risk-taking and stubborn men. If we're talking cliches, women are also often believed to be more open-minded, more liberal, more tolerant of views other than their own.

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