NORTHERN IRELAND: The Provos' Problems

The Irish, among their other gifts, have a talent for marking the significant moment. Last week ten young men and women, all from Ulster, went on trial in the city of Winchester for the bombings last March of Whitehall and the Old Bailey courthouse. Shortly before 1 p.m. on the same day, a youth described by witnesses as "not even old enough to shave" tossed a paper bag into a passageway at busy King's Cross station. With a deafening roar, a three-pound gelignite bomb went off, spraying the lunch-hour crowd with glass and...

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