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Voters To Pick Who Sits In Negotiations

Pro-British Protestants and Irish Catholics will decide today who should sit at Northern Ireland’s longvacant negotiating table.

The verdict could set the tone for compromise or for renewed conflict.

Politicians went door to door Wednesday, seeking votes one last time in a city so divided that a neighborhood’s religion can be told from the curbs - painted red, white and blue in Protestant areas and the Irish flag’s green, white and orange in Catholic ones.

Twenty-four parties are seeking places in negotiations scheduled to start June 10. Only the top 10 parties overall - or parties that are within the top five in a particular parliamentary district - will be admitted to those talks.

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.