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Sinn Fein, the major Catholic political party in Northern Ireland, warned of new instability unless it achieves control of the justice system by May. Leaving a meeting Monday with Prime Minister Bertie Ahern of the Irish Republic, Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness said if the goal isn't met, they'd demonstrate that sharing power with Protestants is faltering. That, they said, "risks undermining the investment potential" of Northern Ireland. Responsibility for police and the courts currently rests with Britain, and Protestants worry that with Sinn Fein in control, a veteran of the outlawed Irish Republican Army would be put in charge of both.

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Airbus, the European aviation giant and chief competitor to Boeing, lost $1.35 billion last year, its parent company reported. The European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Co. (EADS) blamed the red ink on production delays, especially on its A380 superjumbo passenger jet, and on the fact that its costs are paid in euros while customers pay for finished planes in US dollars. EADS predicted it would return to profitability this year.

Over the protests of animal welfare activists, Canada's government raised the quota of harp seals that may be culled this year. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said hunters may kill up to 275,000. That is 5,000 more than last year, when poor ice conditions limited the hunt. The International Fund for Animal Welfare said it was "stunned" at the increase, calling it impossible to justify. But a fisheries department spokesman said, "The seal herd is healthy and abundant right now."

Almost on its original site, a Jewish sports club reopened in Vienna Tuesday, 70 years after it was seized by Nazi troops arriving to annex Austria. The Hakoah Athletic Club had facilities for soccer, wrestling, swimming, and water polo and regularly sent teams abroad to compete before many of its members were executed. Membership in the new club will be open to non-Jews as a means of building bridges to the larger community, reports said.

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