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NIreland violence injures 60 police officers

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Amid scenes of violence not seen for years in Northern Ireland, observers say reconciliation between the Catholic and Protestant communities looks more distant than ever. Officials say three nights of violence in Belfast have left 60 police officers hurt, although they say the trouble does seem to have died down. Riots broke out when police rerouted a parade by protestants loyal to British rule away from a Catholic area.

Commentators say tension has been on the rise over the past few months, ever since the UK started to scale back its security presence after the Irish Republican Army pledged to disarm. Observers say the latest violence could hamper efforts to secure a lasting political deal in the province.