Northern Ireland pays tribute to Hillary Clinton as sectarian violence hits Belfast again

Northern Ireland's leaders have paid tribute to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for helping to build peace as she visited Belfast.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson praised Mrs Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, for their support during the 1990s

That was a period of high tension between loyalists and republicans, leading to much sectarian bloodshed.

Mrs Clinton's visit comes amid new violence in Northern Ireland, as she called for peace

Tensions have flared in past few days since Belfast councillors voted on Monday not to fly the British flag all year round at the City Hall

That outraged loyalists who favour Northern Ireland retaining strong links to Britain.