ON SATURDAY rebel forces began to withdraw from the main port of Yemen, hopefully opening the way to an accelerated humanitarian effort to help the population which has been suffering terribly for almost five years.
THE British and Irish governments have reached a deal to formalise the Common Travel Area (CTA), protecting it against all Brexit scenarios and ensuring "that the way in which British and Irish citizens can live and work freely across these islands will not change", to quote Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
While considerable attention has rightly been focused on the catastrophic consequences of drug abuse, the story of Jack McGarry is a stark reminder that alcohol and depression remains an equally deadly combination.
I noted in last week's column that I'd be very surprised if Sinn Féin and the DUP didn't emerge from the council elections comfortably ahead of the others; and that both the SDLP and UUP would take hits.
There is a clear need for all those contributing to the legacy debate to take a completely measured approach, carefully consider the impact of their words and above all avoid causing offence to grieving families from any section of society.
I've lost count of the number of elections I've covered as a reporter now, the long hours and the complicated Single Transferable Vote system make them exhausting mental marathons, with a flurry of activity as each candidate makes quota.
A car bedecked with Sinn Féin posters and loudspeakers proclaiming in song, “we’re on the one road, maybe the wrong road, but we’re together now who cares”, seems a pretty apt reflection of the lack of strategic dynamism of that party, confounding political pundit Chris Donnelly, who three weeks previously had predicted significant gains by the party in the local government elections.