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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 7 July 2016
  2. Ombudsman's plea over patient complaints
  3. Students at NI universities owe £2.7bn
  4. Irish family 'still angry' about Iraq
  5. Picture: Newcastle, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)

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May v Leadsom - who will win the keys to No 10?

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May are vying to be the next Conservative leader - and the second female prime minister in British history.

Andrea Leadsom, left, and Theresa May, right
EPA/PA

How do the two contenders measure up?

Family of swans killed in 'hit and run'

Residents in a County Fermanagh village have expressed anger at the "heartless act" of a driver who killed five cygnets in an apparent hit-and-run.

A local resident stopped to take this photo of the swans shortly before they were killed
Pat Masterson

The cygnets and their mother had recently become a familiar sight around Lisnarick, outside Irvinestown.  

Where has our summer been hiding? In Spain!

DUP MP: Taylor Swift doesn't need our help to make money

You might not expect Taylor Swift to be high on the list DUP MP Gregory Campbell's priorites, and that's what he told the House of Commons. 

Taylor Swift
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Irish fan to collect Euro 2016 supporters' award

Republic of Ireland football supporter Jamie Monaghan, who has a rare medical condition that means he cannot walk or talk, has been chosen to collect a French award on behalf of Irish fans.

Jamie Monaghan
ANETTE MONAGHAN

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo will present the prestigious Medal of the City of Paris, to both them and Northern Ireland fans for their "exemplary sportsmanship" during the tournament.  

Irish Football Association sells former headquarters

The Irish Football Association has sold its former headquarters at Windsor Avenue, after operating from the south Belfast building for more than half a century.

IFA's former HQ
BBC

The historic house was once the family home of Titanic designer Thomas Andrews. Earlier this year, the IFA moved to new headquarters at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Rush-hour delays for Belfast bus passengers

DUP mayor visits Falls Community Council

BBC Newsline: Reaction to Iraq War report

Dublin Bus: 22 Euromillions winners come along at once

The 22 Dublin Bus drivers who shared last Friday’s 23m euros (£19.5m) Euromillions prize caught a bus to the Irish National Lottery HQ to claim their winnings.  

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Tory leadership race - second round results

Tory leadership contest votes
BBC

It's now May vs Leadsom in battle for No 10

Michael Gove eliminated from Conservative leadership

It almost feels like summer

'Outrage' over banner tribute to loyalist paramilitary

Attempted child abduction arrest in Dungannon

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction and causing a child to watch a sex act in Dungannon, County Tyrone, at the weekend. 

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He was questioned about a "suspicious approach" to an 11-year-old girl on the Ballygawley Road on Saturday and an incident on Oaks Road area involving a 15-year-old girl.  He was released on bail. 

Police officer disciplined over 'incomplete investigation'

An elderly man was almost prosecuted over a parking row because the PSNI officer investigating the case against him failed to conduct "all reasonable lines of inquiry", the Police Ombudsman has found.

Police officer
BBC

The elderly man was facing allegations that he assaulted a woman during the row.  He was almost prosecuted because the police officer did not take a statement from his wife, meaning it was the man's word against two other people. 

Pair jailed for knifepoint hijacking

Two men are given four-year prison sentences for hijacking a woman's car at knifepoint in Belfast city centre.

Laganside courthouse
BBC

Barry Anthony McGuinness, 29, of Alliance Avenue and Anthony Thomas Brady, 24, of no fixed address, stole the car at Tomb Street in November 2014. Each will serve two years in custody and two on licence.

Warning to parents after approaches to children

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No unionist politicians at Policing Board meeting

Weekend weather forecast for gig goers

Three jailed over £560k cannabis haul in Belfast

Three members of a South East Asian organised crime gang have been sent to prison after £560,000 worth of herbal cannabis was seized at a Belfast apartment.

Seized cannabis
PSNI

Police seized the herbal cannabis as well as smaller quantities of other drugs, cash and equipment in October 2014.

Cliftonville selection dilemmas ahead of tie

BBC Sport NI

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle has selection issues to ponder as his side aim to complete victory over Luxembourg club Differdange in the Europa League.  

Gerard Lyttle
Tony Hendron

Lyttle has Jaimie McGovern, Chris Ramsey and Tomas Cosgrave all in contention again after they missed last week's game.  

SDLP holds Brexit talks with Irish opposition leaders

Ireland to host Windies in September

Ireland's cricket team will host the West Indies in a one-day game in September 2017.

Phil Simmons
Inpho

The match, on Wednesday, 13 September, will see Ireland come up against former coach Phil Simmons, now at the helm of his homeland.

Woman jailed for stabbing lover with kitchen knife

A Londonderry woman has been jailed for 12 months for stabbing her lover in the chest with a kitchen knife.

Londonderry Magistrates Court
BBC

Catriona Johnston, 29, from Dunvale Close will serve six months in custody and six months on licence following her release.

Blair's NI achievements 'shouldn't be forgotten'

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says that amid the criticism of Tony Blair in the wake of the Chilcot report, people should not forget what he achieved in Northern Ireland.

Jeffrey Donaldson
Pacemaker

"We should not lose sight in Northern Ireland that Tony Blair was instrumental in the peace process, he was very much in the lead on the UK government side in terms of taking the peace process forward and spoke passionately about his opposition to terrorism and ending terrorism in Northern Ireland," he said.

Talking rubbish on the Nolan Show

Running the raptor gauntlet

"It felt like someone had put their hand on top of my head and was grabbing my scalp."  

Red kite
Marc Ruddock

Swooping raptors put fear into local runners.

Two men targeted in racist attack in city centre

Two men have been left badly shaken after being targeted in a racist attack in Londonderry. 

Police officer
BBC

One of them was assaulted by a gang of youths who had followed them in the city centre on Tuesday night shouting racist abuse. A teenager was later arrested.

Could this be our next prime minister?

Irish police issue concert advice with Beyonce song

Weather: Low pressure lurking

Ulster Unionist condemns Blair's 'sofa cabinet'

Grand Prix organisers hopeful over Martin return

Ulster Grand Prix clerk-of-the-course Noel Johnston says he remains hopeful that Guy Martin will return to compete at this year's event at Dundrod.  

Superbikes
Press Eye

The Lincolnshire man, who was injured in a 130mph crash at Ireland's Corner last August, has yet to indicate whether he will race again this season.  

Talkback: Should girls be taught about motherhood?