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Ireland's Brexit backstop, and why it matters


SALZBURG, Austria A "backstop" policy on Northern Ireland's land border with the European Union is a key obstacle to Britain securing a deal with Brussels on an orderly exit from the bloc in March. This is what it is and why it matters:

Irish PM says no progress in Brexit talks on border issue

BRUSSELS Irish Prime Minister Leo Vardkar said on Wednesday there has been no progress in six months in talks between the European Union and Britain on the delicate issue of border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

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U2's Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland.

Two die in Ireland, Northern Ireland as Storm Ali strikes

DUBLIN/BELFAST A woman died on Wednesday when high winds blew her caravan off a cliff in the Irish Republic and a man died in Northern Ireland as Storm Ali grounded flights and left over 200,000 people across the island without electricity.

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Weber tells paper Brexit deal must avoid hard border in Northern Ireland

BERLIN Any deal on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union must ensure that a hard border in Northern Ireland is avoided, Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party in the European Parliament told a German newspaper on Wednesday.

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New EU terms still mean unacceptable Irish sea border - DUP

DUBLIN A new EU proposal to operate checks on goods along the Britain-Northern Ireland sea route will still mean an unacceptable border between the two, the deputy leader of the Northern Irish party backing Britain's minority government said on Wednesday.

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Britain cannot accept UK separation in any Brexit border proposal: source

LONDON Britain welcomes the EU's commitment to finding a solution to the border on the island of Ireland after Brexit but any proposal cannot separate Northern Ireland from mainland Britain, a government source said on Wednesday.

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Barnier offers better Irish terms to get Brexit deal

BRUSSELS The European Union is ready to address key British concerns over Northern Ireland, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday, in a clear push to get a Brexit deal effectively done in the next month.

World, Sep 18 2018

Ireland collects disputed Apple taxes in full ahead of appeal

DUBLIN Ireland has fully recovered 13.1 billion euros in disputed taxes from Apple Inc plus interest of 1.2 billion which it will hold in an escrow fund pending its appeal against an EU tax ruling, Ireland's finance minister said on Tuesday.

Tech, Sep 18 2018

EU to scrap lawsuit against Ireland after Apple pays back taxes

BRUSSELS EU antitrust regulators plan to drop legal action against Ireland after iPhone maker Apple paid 13.1 billion euros ($15.3 billion) in back taxes following a regulatory order two years ago, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Tech Sep 18 2018

U.S. ready to restart talks with North Korea, seeks denuclearization by 2021

WASHINGTON/SEOUL The United States is ready to engage in talks with North Korea "immediately," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, with the aim of completing North Korea's denuclearization by January 2021. | Video