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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. Republic of Ireland join NI, England and Wales in qualifying for knockout stages of Euro 2016 in France
  3. Voting is under way in the European Union referendum
  4. Two police officers are disciplined for not seeking medical attention for a woman who later died from a brain injury
  5. Picture: Newcastle, County Down (by James Carlisle)

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By Ciaran Dunbar and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

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  2. Full details on new fanzone 'due tomorrow'

    Belfast City Council says it had been "working behind the scenes" recently to set up a new Euro 2016 fanzone at Boucher Playing Fields, and it will release full details tomorrow.

    Republic of Ireland fans

    Lord Mayor of Belfast Brian Kingston says: “The council is ensuring as many fans as possible get the chance to continue to demonstrate their phenomenal support for both teams as they enter this crucial knock-out stage.”

  3. Man arrested over £100k drugs find

    A man has been arrested after police in Ballymena found suspected cocaine and mephedrone with an estimated value of about £100,000.

    A police car

    The 40-year-old is being questioned on suspicion of several drugs charges, including possession of class A and B drugs, possession with intent to supply, and cultivating cannabis.

  4. Venue confirmed for new fanzone

    The Belfast Euro 2016 fanzone for Northern Ireland and Republic supporters will be at Boucher Playing Fields.

    Northern Ireland fans at the Belfast fanzone

    Belfast City Council has confirmed that the venue in the south of the city will be used to screen Northern Ireland's clash with Wales on Saturday and the Republic's game against France on Sunday.

  5. Hughes aiming to thwart Bale

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    Aaron Hughes says Northern Ireland will be well prepared to shackle the threat of Gareth Bale in Saturday's Euro 2016 game against Wales.

    Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes challenges for a header with Germany's Mario Gomez

    Bale has scored three times in the tournament so far, and Hughes says it's going to take "a big effort from everyone" to stop the Real Madrid forward.

  6. Payne-ful injury rules Jared out

    BBC Sport NI

    Jared Payne will miss Ireland's Test series decider against South Africa on Saturday because of a calf injury.

    Jared Payne playing for Ireland against South Africa

    His Ulster teammate Luke Marshall returns to the side in place of injured centre Robbie Henshaw.

  7. Ireland and England set for ODI series

    BBC Sport NI

    England will host Ireland in a one-day international cricket series for the first time in May next year.

    Ireland cricketers

    The two sides will meet at Bristol and Lord's in the build-up to the Champions Trophy, and England and Wales Cricket Board chief Tom Harrison says it's "a historic stepping stone in the development of Irish cricket".

  8. Scrum-half Reddan set to retire

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland and Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan is to retire from the game at the age of 35.

    Eoin Reddan

    The three-time Heineken Cup winner says he wants to "commit to the next chapter of my life and take on a new challenge".

  9. Spouse-killer Stewart's final legal bid fails

    Double-killer Hazel Stewart has failed in a final legal attempt to have one of her two murder convictions overturned.

    Hazel Stewart

    A body set up to investigate possible miscarriages of justice has refused to refer her conviction for killing ex-lover Colin Howell's wife Lesley back to the Court of Appeal, ending the 53-year-old's chances of having the guilty verdict re-examined.

  10. 'Best fans in the world'

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    How's about this, Northern Ireland fans? Frontman Kyle Lafferty has a special word or two for you all...