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N. Ireland Protestant Splinter Group to Stand Down

A Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland says it has ordered its armed units to "stand down," effective Monday, in line with the Irish Republican Army's announcement last month that it would disarm.

The Loyalist Volunteer Force, which supports British rule in Northern Ireland, broke away from the larger Ulster Volunteer Force in 1996 in a dispute over the Irish peace process. The LVF announced Sunday it had settled its feud with the larger group, a feud which claimed four lives in recent months.

The Irish Republican Army renounced violence in July, and destroyed its arms in September.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.