BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A U.S. diplomat has launched a new round of Northern Ireland peace talks aimed at resolving deep-seated divisions over parades and flags that triggered widespread rioting this year.
Richard Haass says he will spend four months meeting rival British Protestant and Irish Catholic parties, churches, parading organizations and militant pressure groups.
Haass is director of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. He was President George W. Bush's envoy to Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2003.
Leaders of Northern Ireland's unity government invited Haass to oversee the Belfast talks in hope that he can forge a compromise plan on three areas of bitter dispute: parades, British and Irish flags and emblems, and remembering the dead from Northern Ireland's four-decade conflict.
Haass said Tuesday he hopes to publish recommendations by December.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A jury has convicted 16-year-old Dylan Schumaker of second degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's young son.
Police say a Mercedes Benz was making a left turn, when it failed to yield the right of way and struck the police car.
Deputies say they found 43 bags of crack cocaine when they executed a search warrant on a vehicle in Orleans County.
Lake Effect Snow Warning for S. Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counties from Tues evening until Thurs morning
A Buffalo city jail cell block attendant was arrested early Saturday morning on multiple animal cruelty charges.
The Erie County Water Authority is warning the public about people posing as water meter service workers.