Police in British-controlled Northern Ireland fired plastic bullets late Aug. 31 to stop a riot involving around 200 people in East Belfast. Pro-Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists lobbed missiles at each other and the police in a clash sparked after nationalists held a rally to mark the closing of a local police station. A police spokesman said there were no arrests and no reports of injuries. Sectarian violence between Protestants who want to keep Northern Ireland's union with Britain and Catholics who want a united Ireland continues to erupt despite a 1998 peace deal that ended rival paramilitary campaigns. (Reuters)

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