Hopes rose for a lasting peace in Northern Ireland as the British government set Nov. 26 for elections to choose a new power-sharing government of Protestants and Catholics. Five hours later, the Irish Republican Army announced it had "decommissioned" more of its weapons, although it offered no details. Under the 1998 peace accord, the IRA was to have destroyed all of its weapons - estimated to be more than 100 tons - within two years. The self-rule government collapsed and the election was called off after IRA spying was uncovered last October. Left, Gerry Adams of the IRA's political ally, Sinn Fein, prepares for a news conference in Belfast to discuss the day's developments.Skip to next paragraph
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