The terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland has been raised from “substantial” to “severe” just days before a potential visit to the country by US President Joe Biden. But the White House has said that the change won’t alter the President’s plans. The move, based on an MI5 intelligence assessment, follows a rise in dissident republican activity, including a recent gun attack on a top police officer. This reverses a downgrade in Northern Ireland's terror threat level last March - its first change for 12 years.
Sir Tony Blair says the Good Friday agreement remains "one of the if not the only successful peace accord" over the last 25 years, and says it is "always worth reminding ourselves where we were" during the Troubles so "we understand how important it is to keep it." On the Democratic Unionist Party and the Brexit negotiations in the UK, the former Prime Minister says he hopes DUP "think on balance" for stability "that is so crucial for the peace in Northern Ireland to remain." Report by Rowlandi. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn