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Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ in brief

BELFAST, North Ireland: Northern Ireland was torn apart by three decades of violence between republican and unionist communities that ended with the Good Friday Agreement signed 20 years ago. The province’s majority Protestant unionists favoured continued British rule. Catholic republicans wanted reunification with the rest of Ireland and more civil rights. Here is an overview of “The Troubles” in which more than 3,500 people were killed. Trouble starts Violence erupts in 1968 when police use force against a…