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Draft Northern Ireland peace plan published online

Northern Ireland's political leaders have published a draft agreement on outstanding peace process issues only hours after Executive parties failed to reach consensus on the proposals.

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Former US diplomat to return to chair Union flag dispute

Former US diplomat Richard Haass is expected back in Belfast today to chair another round of discussions. Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Richard Haass, a former US diplomat, is expected to chair another round of discussions today with Northern Ireland's five main political parties over disagreements around the Union flag, disputed parades and the past.

Dr Haass has been in contact with the parties over the festive break after attempt to resolve the dispute failed in the lead up to Christmas.

Separate talks with representatives of the five main political parties are likely before full round-table negotiations on a fresh set of proposals.

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