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Protestant militants attack Northern Ireland party offices

DUBLIN — Northern Ireland leaders appealed for calm Thursday after Protestant militants attacked offices and a home connected to the most compromise-minded political party over its support for reducing the display of British flags on government buildings. The overnight violence in two Belfast suburbs came on the eve of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s planned visit on Friday to the capital of the British territory.

It underscored how divided Northern Ireland remains despite the broad success of the peace process.

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