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Irish president welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II on historic visit
Irish president welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II on historic visit

LONDON — In a historic first, the president of Ireland began a state visit to Britain on Tuesday to mark the growing reconciliation between his nation and the one that long ruled it from afar through centuries of oppression and rebellion. After a bloody war of independence and decades of mistrust, London and Dublin have become increasingly close partners linked by trade, history and culture. The rapprochement was made possible by the 1998 accord that ended armed sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, which remains part of Britain but enjoys a measure of self-rule. The four-day visit to Britain this week by Irish President Michael D. Higgins will witness the 16th anniversary of...

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