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  1. Updates for Friday 28 October 2016
  2. Picture: The Ben Crom Reservoir, Mourne Mountains, County Down (by James Carlisle)

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That's it for today, we'll be back on Monday but as it's Halloween, we're making some changes. Instead of our usual 7am start, we'll be on from 9am to 9pm, to capture more of the spooky celebrations.


So remember - an extra hour in bed when the clock's go back on Sunday. An extra two hours in bed for us on Monday - see you then :)

Ssshhh! Will Nolan be able to stay quiet?

Stephen Nolan has joined Libraries NI as part of a joint initiative with BBC NI

Stephen Nolan and Paul Givan

He was shown around Belfast Central Library by Communities Minister Paul Givan. But will other readers get any peace and quiet when they let in the self-styled "biggest mouth in the country"?

Halloween weekend forecast coming up

Cross-border train delays

Working 9 to 9 - what a way to make a living...

Are DUP defector's words back to haunt him?

No Friday feeling for Belfast motorists

Gay people 'welcome in DUP' says leader

Gay people are welcome in the membership of the DUP, its leader Arlene Foster has said.

Arlene Foster

She told the BBC's Inside Politics programme that many gay people vote for the DUP. She added: "This suggestion that every single person who is a homosexual wants to change the definition of marriage is wrong".  

Inside Politics interviews NI first minister

Nicem sunk by big bills and lost funding

NICEM's boss Patrick Yu said the anti-racism group's financial problems stem from its failure to secure two £45,000 funding applications from Stormont. 

Patrick Yu

He added that its immediate cash-flow difficulties "became more acute when we paid off over 170 participants' conference bill" for the Hilton Hotel in September.

NI anti-racism group set to close down

The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (Nicem), and anti-racism organisation, is shutting down because of a "severe cash-flow problem".

Patrick Yu

Nicem's Executive Director Patrick Yu said it was going into voluntary administration and a meeting will be held on 7 November to dissolve the organisation.

Stadium rocked by fresh objections

BreakingPSNI statement on Ronan Hughes blackmail case

BreakingPSNI flew to Romania to make blackmail arrest

The PSNI worked closely with Romanian police on the Ronan Hughes blackmail case and a number of PSNI officers then flew to the country to arrest the suspect. 

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The 31-year-old man appeared in court in Bucharest this afternoon charged with producing and distributing indecent images of children and blackmail.  

BreakingPSNI 'traced blackmail plot to Romania'

Ronan Hughes took his own life in June last year after intimate pictures were sent to his friends when he refused to pay a ransom. 


At the time, Ronan's parents said they believed their son had been targeted by a gang based in Nigeria. But the PSNI's specialist cyber crime unit traced the computer used in the blackmail to Romania.   

BreakingMore details on blackmail death case charges

A man has appeared in court in Romania in connection with the death of County Tyrone schoolboy Ronan Hughes last year. 

Ronan Hughes
Mid Ulster Mail

The 31-year-old suspect was arrested in a joint operation between the PSNI and Romanian police. The boy was the victim of what the police call webcam blackmail.

BreakingMan in court after death of blackmailed schoolboy

A man has appeared in court in Romania, charged with blackmail and producing and distributing indecent images of children linked to the death of NI schoolboy Ronan Hughes.

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The 17-year-old schoolboy from Coalisland, County Tyrone, killed himself in June 2015, after he was tricked into sharing intimate pictures of himself online.

M1 crash cleared but tailbacks remain

A risk of light showers this evening

Nothing's certain but death and taxes

Ambulance called to M1 crash

Revised stadium plan 'still unsafe' claims group

The Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA), which objected to the GAA's previous plan for Casement Park stadium, has released a statement objecting to the revised design.

Casement Park plan

The group has claimed the "safe capacity" of the ground is 18,264 people, not the 34,500 proposed by the GAA.

M1 crash delaying Belfast traffic

Residents reject new Casement Park plan

'Stolen' farm machinery found by police

Two tractors and a low loader, which are believed to have been stolen, have been found by police during a planned search in Enniskillen.


Ch Insp Clive Beatty said: “The recovery of this machinery is an example of our continued commitment to reduce agricultural crime."

Sunday's looking good for cyclists

Plan your weekend with our forecast

Shellfish industry brands ruling 'catastrophic'

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

A decision from the Irish Supreme Court could have "catastrophic consequences" for a section of the shellfish industry, it has been claimed.


The court has ruled that an 40-year-old agreement allowing cross-border access to inshore waters is unlawful.

Emergency services open day tomorrow in Belfast

Bring on the comes Halloween!

Tens of thousands of people are expected to be in Londonderry for the Halloween carnival, parade and fireworks display on Monday. Our live page will be running all day from 09:00. 


 There'll be plenty of spooktacular goings on on our website during the day - so please join us.

Are you an Einstein or a Frankenstein?

Take our horrible (well, not really) Halloween quiz to test your knowledge of all things ghoulish.


We're under a blanket of cloud

Listen: Abortion pill suspect 'sought medical help'

Devilish debate on Talkback this Halloween

Crash on Newtownards Road cleared

Stephen Nolan gets his first library card

BBC Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan has become a member of Libraries NI and has been given his own library card to mark Book Week.

Communities Minister Paul Givan presents Stephen Nolan with his card

The talk show host is also launching his own Biggest Book Group in the Country in a bid to encourage the public to read more books.

Ex-first minister 'working for ex-Nama developer'

Local support for court closure U-turn