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Knives, cosh found in parliament weapons haul

Knuckledusters, imitation firearms and even a meat cleaver are among the array of weaponry visitors have attempted to bring into the parliament, according to The Sunday Times. Lawmakers in the Palace of Westminster are used to the cut and thrust of political debate — and a security crackdown has turned…

Irish government in tatters as coalition partners pull out

DUBLIN — Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s government was in tatters Sunday after the junior coalition partners pulled out, in a move likely to spark elections even earlier than those planned for March 11. Green Party leader John Gormley told a press conference in Dublin that “our patience has reached…