Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA leader have been formally acquitted after prosecutors offered no further evidence at their trial.The veterans’ trial at Belfast Crown Court collapsed after the Public Prosecution Service confirmed it would not appeal against a decision by Mr Justice O’Hara to exclude statements given by the ex-soldiers about the shooting of Joe McCann in 1972.It was the first trial in several years that involved charges against former military personnel who served in the Northern Ireland conflict.Four other cases involving the prosecution of veterans are at the pre-trial stage in the region’s courts.
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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has announced he will run for the leadership of the DUP.The longstanding Lagan Valley MP said he would promote a positive strategy and values if elected, with a focus on building a shared future for everyone in Northern Ireland.The party’s current Westminster leader also pledged meaningful reform within the DUP and said he would set clear policy directions on key challenges for unionism, such as Brexit’s contentious Northern Ireland Protocol.
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Police have blamed the New IRA for planting a bomb at a police officer’s car beside where her three-year-old daughter sits.The device left at the part-time female officer’s home near Dungiven, Co Londonderry. was attached to a container of flammable liquid.
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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon says she is feeling "extremely happy and extremely confident" that the SNP is on track for a fourth consecutive election victory. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel are among 12 countries and territories people in England can visit from May 17 without self-isolating on their return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told a Downing Street press conference that the removal of international travel restrictions was "necessarily cautious", adding: "We must make sure the countries we reconnect with are safe." The green list also consists of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands. Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Speaking after retaining her Glasgow Southside seat in the Holyrood election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: "At this stage I am extremely happy that the SNP appears to be on course for a fourth consecutive election victory and to be on course to have the privilege of forming a government again." Report by Thomasl. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn