N. Ireland's Ulster Defense Association renounces violence

A major Northern Ireland paramilitary group, the Ulster Defense Association, announced Sunday it was formally renouncing violence, but offered no immediate pledge to disarm. The outlawed UDA, which has an estimated 3,000 members across hardline parts of Northern Ireland, has loosely observed a cease-fire since 1994, but until now has refused to surrender a single bullet or bomb - a major objective of a 1998 peace accord.