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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 25 February 2016
  2. Homeless man dies in Belfast city centre
  3. Breast cancer target times breached
  4. NI bid to host WW1 poppies sculpture
  5. Image: Farming in Groomsport, County Down (by Philip Hutton)

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  1. Goodnight

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI live, but we'll be back with all the latest tomorrow from 07:00. Until then, have a great evening!

  2. Boxing: Frampton and Quigg square off over best dressing room

    BBC Sport NI

    Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are set to throw down in their highly-anticipated fight on Saturday, but the pair are already rowing - over who gets the best dressing room.

    Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg

    With the fight in Manchester, Quigg is insisting he should get the "star" dressing room as he's the home fighter. But, Frampton says he's the bigger draw.

  3. Delays in Four Winds direction because of crash

    Translink has been tweeting that its Metro 7 service (Four Winds) is delayed because of a serious crash in the area...

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  4. Emergency meeting after fourth homeless person dies in Belfast

    The Lord Mayor of Belfast has called an emergency meeting with agencies that deal with homelessness after the death of a man in the city centre last night.

    Lord Mayor Arder Carson

    Four homeless people have died in Belfast this year. Lord Mayor Arder Carson said the aim of the meeting was to see what more could be done to help the homeless.

  5. Farmers union: 'No compelling case' for Brexit

    "No compelling argument" has been made that the agriculture sector here would be better off if the UK left the EU, says the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU).

    Agriculture

    The UFU says EU subsidies, worth £230m a year, are "vital" for farm incomes. Ian Marshall, UFU president, said "no alternative support measures" had been tabled by those looking for the UK to leave the EU.

  6. Rugby: Sexton a 'legitimate target' says Eddie Jones

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton will be a legitimate target during Saturday's Six Nations match at Twickenham - that's according to England head coach Eddie Jones. Sexton, 30, has suffered several concussions and was forced off during the last game against France.

    Johnny Sexton

    But, Jones says he's still someone who will be in the firing line: "We target players all the time. That's part of rugby, isn't it? I'm not saying Sexton is a weak defender, but we're going to target players because we want to win."

  7. Blog: Electoral changes coming at shrinking Stormont

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Earlier this week, MLAs passed legislation that will reduce their numbers to five per constituency - but quite what this means for the size of the assembly, MLAs still are unsure.

    Stormont

    With the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland also announcing a review to reduce the number of Westminister seats here, I take a look at how the possible electoral changes will make an impact.

  8. Rugby: Young guns can shine in England test says Schmidt

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland will have two debutants in their starting line-up to face England on Saturday, but coach Joe Schmidt says he's confident that the form of Stuart McCloskey and Josh van der Flier will justify their selection.

    Josh van der Flier

    "They don't lack enthusiasm and they are both incredibly excited about the stage they are going to be playing on," he says. 

  9. No extra money for Stakeknife investigation

    Vincent Kearney

    BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

    No additional money will be available to police to investigate the alleged activities of the Army agent known as Stakeknife, the chief constable has told Stormont's justice committee.

    Stakeknife

    The investigation could cost £35m and is expected to take at least five years, at an estimated cost of £7m per year.

  10. Outpatient waiting lists increase in last year

    The number of people waiting for a first outpatient appointment has increased by nearly 37% in a year, according to Department of Health figures.

    Outpatient lists

    In December 2015, there were 236,365 people on waiting lists, compared to 171,866 the year before while the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for a first outpatient appointment has more than doubled.

  11. Pipe bomb found in north Belfast security alert

    A security alert in north Belfast has ended after a pipe bomb was found, police say.

    Police

    The device has been removed for examination. Fortfield Place has now re-opened. 

  12. Golf: Super start for Cormac Sharvin in tour debut

    BBC Sport NI

    County Down's Cormac Sharvin has made an excellent start to his first European Tour event after shooting a four-under-par round of 68 at the Perth International.

    Cormac Sharvin

    The Ardglass golfer is three shots off the leader Peter Uihlein.