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  1. Updates for Thursday 3 December 2015
  2. Sammy Wilson due at Nama inquiry
  3. Majority of NI MPs back UK air strikes
  4. Rise in fee loans to NI students

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By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow.

    Until then you can keep up to date with all the latest on Radio Ulster and BBC News online. Until then, have a great evening! 

  2. SPOTY trophy comes to town

    It's almost time for Sports Personality of the Year and, of course, this year's event takes place in Belfast, on Sunday 20 December.

    Sports Personality of the Year

    The trophy has now taken up a temporary spot in Broadcasting House here in Belfast ahead of the ceremony.

  3. Thomas Murphy trial: 'Brother was the farmer'

    The brother of prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy - who's on trial for tax evasion - managed his cattle herd and farming activities, his lawyer says.

    Thomas Murphy

    The prosecution's case is that Mr Murphy failed to make tax returns on significant dealings in relation to cattle and farming grants. He denies nine charges.

  4. Guidelines: Foetal abnormality not grounds for abortion

    New draft guidelines on abortion drawn up by the health minister tells doctors that fatal foetal abnormality is not in itself grounds for a legal termination. 

    Abortion laws

    Earlier this week, a High Court judge ruled that the current law on abortions breaches human rights legislation

  5. Cake star in the Evening Extra studio

    Sweet treats in the Evening Extra studio tonight, as the programme welcomed Stephen Chisholm - winner of the first series of the Great Irish Bake Off.

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  6. Man guilty of murdering ex-partner

    A Londonderry man has been found guilty for the second time of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

    Stephen Cahoon

    Stephen Cahoon, 43, of Harvey Street, Londonderry, denied murdering mother-of-four Jean Teresa Quigley in 2008. He was previously convicted in 2012 but the verdict was quashed earlier this year.

  7. Carrick Rangers seek fixtures change

    BBC Sport NI

    Carrick Rangers want to bring forward away fixtures as their Taylor's Avenue pitch needs time to recover after becoming waterlogged.

    Carrick Rangers

    The club has had four home games postponed so far this season. 

  8. TalkTalk hack suspect wins right to challenge Stormont

    A schoolboy arrested over the TalkTalk cyber attack has won the right to challenge the Department of Justice over an alleged failure to make a change in the law that would protect him from being named in the media.


    It's the second set of proceedings issued by the 15-year-old since he was arrested in October.

  9. Street surf's up!

    It may be December. It may be cold, wet and miserable. And we may be several thousands miles from the world's best waves. But that didn't stop one inventive Tyrone man from looking for some big surf - even on a road in Manchester.

    Sean-Caio Corr

    Sean-Caio Corr used his board, some traffic and a really big puddle to create his own surfing experience. 

  10. Man pleads guilty to terror charges

    A Londonderry man has pleaded guilty to five terrorist offences relating to bomb attacks against security force members.

    Laganside court

    Christopher Paul O'Kane, 42, from Woodland Avenue was to stand trial on Wednesday on 17 Provisional IRA-related terrorist offences. He'll be sentenced on 16 December.

  11. Police unit to assist Syrian refugees

    The assistant chief constable has been telling the policing board about a new special operation team - he says the team will also be used to support the arrival of Syrian refugees.

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  12. Water, water everywhere...

    The rain is absolutely bucketing down in some places - our weather presenter Cecilia Daly wants you to let her know if you comes across any flooding. You can tweet her or email

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  13. New police unit to investigate Muslim attacks

    Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin tells the policing board that a special operation team has been set up to investigate attacks on the Muslim community.

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  14. Crash accused 'blamed toddler's mother'

    A man accused of causing the death of a child in a car crash near Belleek two years ago attempted to blame the child's mother, prosecutors say.

    John Fahy

    John Fahy, 25, from Groagagh, Grange in County Sligo, appeared in court earlier. He denies causing the death of Ryan Cox by driving without due care and attention.

  15. Sammy Wilson attacks SF MLA over newspaper ads

    Our economics editor tweets that former finance minister Sammy Wilson has gone on the offensive at Stormont's finance committee.

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    Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is the managing director of Belfast Media Group, that runs the Andersonstown News.

  16. Tourism push for Northern Ireland

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Northern Ireland is aiming to break through the two million barrier for overseas visitors next year.

    The Gobbins

    Tourism Ireland set the target as it launched its marketing plans for 2016 in Belfast. New advertising will include images of the Gobbins cliff path, the new £6m visitor attraction at Islandmagee.

  17. Sammy Wilson hits out at Nama inquiry

    Our business correspondent tweets that former finance minister Sammy Wilson has been delivering some strong criticism while speaking to Stormont's Nama inquiry.

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  18. Sammy Wilson in Nama witness seat

    Former finance minister Sammy Wilson is now speaking to a committee of MLAs who are probing the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland property loans.

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  19. Same-sex marriage ban is 'corrosive', court hears

    Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage is having a "corrosive" impact on society, the High Court heard today. 

    Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles

    Counsel for two couples challenging the ban claimed they were suffering state discrimination. Grainne Close, her partner, Shannon Sickles, and Chris and Henry Flanagan-Kane say the ban breaches entitlement to family life and marriage under the European Convention on Human Rights.

  20. Dublin family kidnapped by armed gang

    A mother and a daughter have been held hostage by an armed gang who forced a man to hand over about 200,000 euros (£143,000) from a cash-in-transit van in Dublin.


    Irish police said the pair were taken from their home by the gang at about 05:00 today while the family's father was taken to his workplace and forced to hand over the money.

  21. Motorcyclist killed in collision

    A motorcyclist has died in a collision in Lisbane, County Down.

    Scene of crash at Lisbane

    The road is closed between Killinchey Road roundabout in Comber and Balloo.

  22. East Belfast MP: Why I backed Syria action

    East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning, speaking about his decision to support air strikes on Syria.

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    The programme was speaking to new MPs about how they deal with such major decisions just six months after being elected.

  23. Inquest opens for disappeared victim Brendan Megraw

    An inquest has opened in Dublin into the death of Belfast man Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared. 

    Brendan Megraw

    His remains were recovered following an extensive search of a bog in County Meath last year. The 23-year-old was abducted from Twinbrook in Belfast in April 1978 and murdered by the IRA.

  24. Ulster name team to face Edinburgh

    Ulster have made seven changes to their team to face Edinburgh tomorrow night.

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    Luke Marshall, Rory Scholes, Rob Herring, Ricky Lutton, Franco van der Merwe, Chris Henry and Roger Wilson are all included.

  25. Down and Connor bishop retires

    Anthony Farquhar, the auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor, has retired - the diocese of Down and Connor confirmed that his resignation had been accepted by Pope Francis.

    Bishop Farquhar is the longest-serving Catholic bishop in Ireland, having been appointed 32 years ago.

  26. Ministers arrive at funeral of Fr Gerry Reynolds

    Our reporter Ita Dungan is at the funeral of Fr Gerry Reynolds, who died on Tuesday.

    Martin McGuinness

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Irish foreign minister Charlie Flanagan have arrived at the service. 

  27. More tourists visit NI in 2015

    Our business correspondent tweets that Tourism Ireland believes the number of tourists visiting these shores has increased in the last year.

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  28. NW200 dates confirmed

    BBC Sport NI

    North West 200 organisers have confirmed next year's meeting will be held on 10-14 May.

    North West 200 racers

    Practice will begin on Tuesday 10 May with a further practice session and racing on Thursday.

  29. Man found dead after house fire

    A man has been found dead in a house in Drumgay Close, Enniskillen following a fire at the property.

    Fire and Rescue Service

    A Fire Service spokesperson said: "Firefighters dealt with a fire in a bedroom of the house using breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras. Tragically, one man was found deceased in the property."

  30. Dame Mary Peters returns for refurbishment of pool

    A swimming pool originally built by pupils at a County Tyrone school 40 years ago has been given the official seal of approval by an Olympian.

    Pictures of the pool at Fivemiletown College

    The pool at Fivemiletown College was the vision of the headmaster at the time, Dr John Burrell, who wanted to ensure there was somewhere people could learn to swim after a young boy drowned in a local lake.

  31. Man misdiagnosed with brain damage after scan mix-up

    A 29-year-old man has told BBC's Nolan Show how Antrim A&E "mixed up" his scan with that of an 80-year-old woman, wrongly diagnosing him with brain damage.

    Antrim Area Hospital

    The man was injured while playing rugby and had told his family about his diagnosis before receiving a call from the hospital to correct their mistake. A spokesperson for the Northern Health Trust acknowledged the mistake had been made and apologised.

  32. Best would love chance to lead Ireland

    Ulster skipper Rory Best says it would be huge honour if he was chosen to succeed Paul O'Connell as captain of Ireland.

    Rory Best

    Munster man O'Connell bowed out of international rugby at the World Cup and the 89-times capped Best, 33, is among the contenders to take over.

  33. Man arrested in murder inquiry

    A 32-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating themurder of David Clarkein north Belfast in 2001.

    David Clarke

    He was arrested in the Shankill area of the city earlier. David Clarke, who had learning difficulties, was beaten to death in his flat at Forthriver Road in the north of the city.

  34. Oil attack was 'hate crime'

    Police are treating an oil attack in north Belfast yesterday as a hate crime.

    PSNI car

    Damage was caused to the front window and door of a property in North King Street sometime between 08:00 and 17:30 . Police are appealing for information.

  35. Man faces attempted murder charge

    A 38-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion and belonging to a proscribed organisation.

    PSNI logo

    It's believed it relates to an attack on a police officer in Castlederg in 2008. A 44-year-old man remains in custody and a 37-year-old man has been released unconditionally.

  36. Fee loans to Northern Ireland students rises

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

    The amount loaned to Northern Ireland students to pay university tuition fees rose to £173m in 2014/15.

    Students at a graduation ceremony

    That is an increase from £154m in 2013/14 and £130m in 2012/13. The average amount loaned to each local student also rose to £4,350 in 2014/15 from £3,930 in 2013/14.

  37. Funeral for Father Gerry Reynolds later today

    The funeral for the Redemptorist priest Father Gerry Reynolds who worked for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland is to take place later today.

    Father Gerry Reynolds

    Fr Reynolds was based at Clonard Monastery in west Belfast for more than 30 years. With his friend and fellow priest Father Alex Reid, Fr Reynolds was deeply committed to brokering peace.

  38. Boy still critical after road crash

    A 12-year-old boy who was hit by a car in east Belfast last night remains in a critical condition. The Ballygowan Road, Castlereagh, has been re-opened following the incident.

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  39. Sammy Wilson to face questions over Nama

    Former finance minister Sammy Wilson is due before a committee of MLAs who are probing the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland property loans.

    Sammy Wilson

    The finance committee is investigating the £1.2bn sale of assets owned by Nama to US investment firm Cerberus. Mr Wilson will likely be asked about early buyer interest in the portfolio.

  40. Good morning

    Good morning and welcome back to BBC News NI Live on this dry Thursday morning. We're here until 19:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can stay with us.