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Queen Elizabeth II's plane arrives in Dublin on Tuesday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was to visit Ireland Tuesday, marking the first visit to the country by a British monarch, but on the eve of the historic visit, a bomb threat forced the Mall, an avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, in London to shut down. Read more»

It’s as ridiculous as selling snow to Eskimos. But Ireland, the rain-soaked island in the Atlantic, is importing water. Read more»

An Irish motorway, outside Dublin.

A symbolic new freeway unites Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. Read more»

Like to buy a nice new airport? No? How about a railway network or a power station? Well then, wouldn't you like to have a bus company, or a harbor, or a television service or a chain of post offices? Any one of these properties could be yours; all reasonable offers considered. They are slated to come under the auctioneer's hammer in a fire sale of national assets in Ireland. Read more»

Members of the Garda, Ireland's police force.

Gun crime in Ireland, a country of just over 4 million people where possession of handguns is severely restricted, is rising fast and is practically out of control. There have been only 23 convictions for 198 gun murders in the republic since 1998. Read more»

The entrance to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Dublin, Ireland.

American flags flapped in the wind, blue smoke swirled from barbeques, and Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers presided over a game of football. It could have been a July 4th event in the U.S. But this was Ireland, where Rooney is the U.S. ambassador. Read more»

In a scene from the film 'Trafficked,' Ruth Negga plays Taiwo, an African woman trafficked to Ireland.

A founder of the Irish Republic, Eamon de Valera, famously idealized Ireland 70 years ago as an innocent land of saints and scholars, whose villages were joyous with the laughter of happy maidens. If he came back today he would be shocked to find that a village in Ireland is just as likely to contain a brothel, populated by sex slaves from Africa. Read more»

The Nirvana head shop in Dublin, a day after it was set ablaze.

It started with an explosion that destroyed the Nirvana shop in Dublin's Capel Street on Feb. 12. Five days later a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the Happy Hippy store in North Frederick Street. Read more» 1

Rental bikes at the ready next to the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.

Free bike scheme & bike-to-work program encourage cycling in Dublin. A free bicycle scheme in this rainy metropolis of narrow roads, potholes and, it has to be said, bicycle thieves, has been a spectacular triumph. Read more»

A bust of James Joyce in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.

After 30 years of detective work and eye-strain, two Dubliners have produced a corrected version of "Finnegans Wake." Their new edition of James Joyce's most difficult work is being launched in Dublin on March 11. It is naturally the literary event of the year in Ireland. Read more» 2

Graffiti on a demolished wall. Sandy Row, Belfast.

Breaking bread, instead of heads, might help heal old wounds in Ireland. Read more»

Belfast's Peace Wall, built to separate the Protestant and Catholic communities (2006 photo).

What started four weeks ago as a sex scandal that threatened to plunge Northern Ireland into crisis has ended in a new political agreement that strengthens the province's unique power-sharing arrangements. Read more»

With pints of thick black Guinness passing over a dark wooden bar, the Pogues’ Christmas melody blasting out of speakers and revelers noshing on bangers and mash, the pub feels like it could be in downtown Dublin — or even Southie in Boston. But this drinking hole sits in the heart of Mexico City; it is one of dozens of European-style bars and pubs that have sprung up in the capital in recent years. Read more»