Citing a breakdown in trust between the major political parties, the British secretary for Northern Ireland suspended the region's power-sharing government, saying he hoped the move would be a temporary setback.
Despite heckling and shoving by hard-line politicians, the leaders of Northern Ireland's fledgling government returned to power Tuesday hoping to save the assembly from the brink of collapse.
The British government stripped lawmaking power from the fledgling Northern Ireland coalition -- a move officials say will give Protestant and Catholic politicians more time to settle their differences.
Leaders from Britain and Ireland presented a plan they say could keep Northern Ireland's fledgling government from self-destructing.
More than 100 police officers and dozens of residents were hurt early today as Catholic protesters rioted in Belfast following the heaviest day of Protestant marching season.
David Trimble, the head of Northern Ireland's coalition government, resigned Sunday, saying the Irish Republican Army had backed out on a pledge to disarm.
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