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  1. Updates for Wednesday 20 January 2016
  2. Police chief dismisses claims over 1993 Shankill bombing
  3. Two arrests after drugs worth £1m seized
  4. Justice minister to lodge appeal over abortion ruling

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By Fiona Murray and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for today. We're back at 07:00 tomorrow.

    Sunrise Roe Valley

    In the meantime, we'll leave you with this stunning shot taken at Roe Valley Country Park by Ailish McGinnis. See you tomorrow!

  2. Garvagh Care Home to close by May

    Four Seasons Health Care has announced it's to continue with plans to close its care home in Garvagh.

    Garvagh Care Home

    The company says that an expression of interest to take over the care home had now been withdrawn so it will close the home by May.

  3. Numbers instead of grades for some GCSE students

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

    Some school pupils in Northern Ireland will receive GCSE results in the form of numbers, the BBC has learned.


    That is despite Education Minister John O'Dowd's decision that all exam boards operating here must give their results using the letters A* to G.

  4. Appeal over missing teenager

    Police have appealed for information on the whereabouts of Sophie Hunter,16. She was last seen in the Belvoir area of south Belfast yesterday morning.

    Sophie Hunter

    It is believed Sophie may be in the Belfast or Bangor areas. Anyone with information can contact the police at Lisburn Road on the non-emergency number 101.

  5. Coleraine Times: Garvagh Care Home to close

    The Coleraine Times reports that a care home in Garvagh is to close. In December, it was reported that the care home may stay open under new owners after it was earmarked for closure by Four Seasons.

    Four Seasons

    However, the paper says staff were told this morning about the closure.   

  6. VAT cut for tourism 'too costly' says minister

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    A VAT cut for tourism and hospitality here could not produce enough economic growth to outweigh the likely shortfall in tax revenue - that's according to NIO Minister Ben Wallace.

    Ben Wallace

    He said in the House of Commons earlier that a VAT cut would have to be funded by additional borrowing or raising of other taxes.

  7. Fallon signs for Linfield on loan

    BBC Sport NI

    Swansea City winger Stephen Fallon has joined Linfield on loan until the end of the season.

    Stephen Fallon

    "He is a talented young player and great prospect for the future," says Linfield boss David Healy.

  8. Woman extradited from Sweden in human trafficking investigation

    Detectives from the PSNI have travelled to Sweden to extradite a 30-year-old woman as part of a three-year investigating into prostitution and human trafficking.


    The woman, a Romanian, will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court tomorrow on a series of charges including human trafficking and controlling prostitution.

  9. McConville family win first stage of legal challenge

    The family of Jean McConville who was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972 have cleared the first stage in their High Court battle to gain access to the findings of a police investigation. 

    Jean McConville

    Today seven of Mrs McConville's children were granted leave to seek a judicial review over the continued non-disclosure of the Historical Enquiries Team's draft report into her killing. A judge acknowledged their "enormous suffering" throughout the last 43 years.

  10. Woman charged after bar burglary

    A Londonderry woman's been charged in connection with the burglary of a bar during which guns and ammunition were stolen. 

    A rifle, two double-barrelled shot guns and cartridges were stolen from Conway's Bar in Newtownstewart on Monday. Charleen Holden, 38, from Distillery Court in the Waterside has been released on bail.   

  11. Police given extra time to question murder suspects

    Police have been granted additional time to question two people, a 29-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, arrested in connection with the murder of Eddie Girvan in Greenisland.

    Eddie Girvan

    A 24-year-old man also arrested earlier this week is still in custody.

  12. Ulster well represented in Six Nations squad

    BBC Sport NI

    In all, seven Ulster players have made Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad with recalls for Andrew Trimble (pictured), Luke Marshall and Rob Herring.

    Andrew Trimble

    One man to miss out, however, is Chris Henry. The flanker has been left out along with Cian Healy and Mike Ross as the trio recover from injury, but all three are expected to return after the first two games.

  13. McCloskey included in Six Nations squad

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster's Stuart McCloskey is among four uncapped players included in Joe Schmidt's squad for the Six Nations.

    Stuart McCloskey

    McCloskey has been rewarded for some eye-catching displays and joins Ultan Dillane, CJ Stander and Josh Van Der Flier as the other uncapped members of the squad.

  14. Pair arrested after building society incident

    Detectives investigating an incident at a building society in Coleraine on 10 January arrested two men, aged 24 and 32, in the Bushmills area this morning. Both men are currently helping police with their enquiries.

  15. Police investigating 62 cases of online sex blackmailing

    The police in Northern Ireland are investigating 62 different cases of online sex blackmailing.

    Man typing

    Ch Supt George Clarke said they've all been uncovered in the past seven months - on average, two each week.