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Teen's death looms over Belfast's legislative assembly

CONFLICT While lawmakers discuss reviving a power-sharing administration, the bludgeoning to death of a 15-year-old boy proves that grassroots hatred lives on


Across Northern Ireland, more than 90 percent of its 1.7 million residents live on exclusively British Protestant or Irish Catholic turf, partly to feel safe from assault.

Analysts say the brutally slow politics of the peace process -- where voters have backed the most hard-line politicians to gain advantage in what feels like never-ending negotiations -- has exac-erbated divisions.

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