Police and security services colluded over loyalist killings of six Catholic men gunned down while watching a World Cup football match, a police watchdog has found.

Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire has concluded that one suspect in the Ulster Volunteer Force attack on the Heights Bar in Loughinisland, County Down in 1994 was a police informant.

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Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said his meeting with White House officials was “positive and encouraging” after he attended talks on the Stormont crisis.
Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister is attending meetings in Washington to appeal for US support.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has dismissed his US visit as a “waste of time” that would have been better spent completing talks in Northern Ireland.

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A fishing trawler that was dragged backwards off the coast of Northern Ireland may have caught a Russian submarine in a net, fishermen have said.

The Karen was badly damaged when it was suddenly pulled along at 10 knots (nearly 12mph) and only managed to break free when it released the wires connecting the net to the boat.

Skipper Paul Murphy told Down News he was almost knocked off his feet when the trawler lurched backwards.

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Sinn Féin has dropped its historic opposition to abortion at its annual congress held in Derry.

The party voted this weekend to support terminations in limited cases, such as pregnant women with fatal foetal abnormalities. This involves women whose babies will be born dead and who have to either go full term in Ireland or seek abortions across the Irish sea in Britain.

The policy switch will apply to both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

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“Robust plans” are in place ahead of the first strike by NHS staff over pay in more than 30 years, England’s chief nursing officer has said.

Jane Cummings said patient safety was a priority, but urged staff to “think carefully” about taking part on Monday.

Nurses, midwives and ambulance staff are among workers from six unions in England and Northern Ireland set to walk out from 07:00 BST until 11:00.

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