Man charged with murder of N Ireland journalist Lyra McKee

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LONDON (AP) | Police in Northern Ireland charged a 52-year-old man on Wednesday with murdering Lyra McKee, a journalist shot dead during a riot involving Irish Republican Army dissidents last year.

The killing of McKee caused widespread shock in a region still scarred by decades of violence known as the Troubles, in which more than 3,500 people died.

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Couple weds in Northern Ireland’s first same-sex marriage

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LONDON (AP) | Two women tied the knot Feb. 11 in Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding, after the region became the last part of the United Kingdom to legalize marriage equality.

Care worker Robyn Peoples, 26, and waitress Sharni Edwards, 27 married at a ceremony in Carrickfergus, near Belfast. The couple said they had not intended to be the first to wed, but were thrilled to become symbols of change in Northern Ireland.

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Northern Ireland activists renew push for LGBTI rights

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ABOVE: Lyra McKee, an investigative journalist and LGBTI rights advocate who was killed on April 18, 2019. Photo by International Journalism Festival via Wikimedia Commons.

The last few weeks have been busy for LGBTI activists in Northern Ireland.

Lawyers representing a man who sued a bakery after it refused to bake him a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage message on Thursday announced they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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UK and Irish leaders attend funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

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LONDON (AP) | Mourners wearing colorful Harry Potter scarves and Marvel superhero shirts were joined by the leaders of Britain and Ireland April 24 at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, were among hundreds of people celebrating the life of a young woman whose death in paramilitary gunfire has shocked a region usually inured to violence.

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Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

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LONDON (AP) | Police in Northern Ireland April 20 arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

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