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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 8 November 2016
  2. Picture: Mountsandel Wood, County Londonderry (by Glenn Miles)
  3. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

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Goodnight

That's it from the BBC NI News live page for today. We'll be back tomorrow morning at 07:00. See you then. 

Keep the brolly handy!

Outbreaks of rain will slowly clear from the west this evening. However, some heavy rain will hang on across eastern areas ...😭

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Ibrahim Halawa's family issue plea to Irish government

The family of an Irishman, imprisoned in Egypt for more than three years without trial, have urged the government to do more to help free him.

Protest at Stormont for Ibrahim Halawa
BBC

Ibrahim Halawa, 20, the son of Ireland's most senior Muslim cleric, was arrested during anti-government protests in Cairo in August 2013.  

'Promising young footballer' laid to rest

The funeral has taken place of Slaughtmanus Gaelic footballer Kevin King.

Slaughtmanus Gaelic footballer Kevin King
DESMOND LOUGHREY
Kevin King

The 22-year-old, who represented St Mary's GAC at underage and senior level, died after taking ill last week.  

Doubts over McClean's fitness

James McClean is an injury concern for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria after sitting out today's training with a back problem.

James McClean
Inpho

West Brom winger McClean went for a scan to assess the injury, with a further update expected tomorrow.

Bad night for traffic in Belfast

Northern Ireland to wear black armbands against Azerbaijan

Following discussions between the Irish FA and FIFA, the Northern Ireland team will wear a plain black armband during Friday night's World Cup qualifying match against Azerbaijan to mark Armistice Day. 

Fighting during World War 1
PA

A minute's silence will also be held immediately before kick off, names of players connected with the association who died during World War One will be shown on the big screen and there will be a card display featuring a poppy in the West Stand.   

First minister plays tribute to Enniskillen dead

Traffic slow on the upper Malone Road

Police car struck while attending crash in Antrim

A woman was taken to hospital for treatment for non life-threatening injuries after a single car collision at 14:00 today on the Knock Road in Dervock, County Antrim. 

PSNI
BBC

While dealing with this incident, another vehicle was involved in a minor collision with a stationary police vehicle. There were no injuries.

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Crash in west Belfast

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Consultation to begin on health reforms

The health minister has told the assembly she intends to consult on the criteria for assessing the sustainability of services following the publication of the Bengoa Report.

NI Health Minister Michelle O'Neill
BBC

Speaking during Health Question Time, Michelle O'Neill said the consultation would begin this week and run through until January.   

Defibrillator stolen in Belfast

A defibrillator was stolen from the side of a shop on the Ormeau Road in Belfast sometime between midnight and 10:00 yesterday.

Empty box where defibrillator was housed
BBC

Pair sign new deals with Ulster

Forwards Andy Warwick and Pete Browne have signed fresh contracts with Ulster.

Andy Warwick
Press Eye

Twenty-five-year-old prop Warwick, who can operate on both sides of the scrum, has penned a three-year extension, which will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until 2020.  

Lorry overturns in Craigavon

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Do ex-mayors deserve medals?

The Ulster Star has a story which says ratepayers are not happy that former first citizens are to be bought ‘mayoral jewels’.

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Gay rights group welcome pardon announcement

Gay rights group the Rainbow Project has welcomed the announcement by Justice Minister Claire Sugden that the pardon of abolished gay sex offences in England and Wales will also be extended to Northern Ireland. 

Northern Ireland Gay Rights Parade
BBC

The pardons will be included in the Policing and Crime Bill that is currently being considered in Westminster and will only apply to men convicted of consensual gay sex who were over the age of 16

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Belfast International surpasses 2015 passenger total

Health vision 'criteria' to go to consultation

Podcast: Is NI now a cold house for people of faith?

Gay men set for pardon

Gay men convicted of abolished sex offences in Northern Ireland looks set to benefit from a pardon. 

Claire Sugden
BBC

The Justice Minister Claire Sugden has confirmed a motion will go before the Assembly seeking approval for the pardon, bringing Northern Ireland into line with other parts of the UK.

Jim Allister and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir clash over EU funding

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Funeral of talented GAA player takes place

'Border Fox' facing extradition proceedings to the Republic

Former INLA man Dessie O'Hare, once known as the 'Border Fox', is facing extradition proceedings to the Republic. The 60-year-old was arrested in County Armagh on Tuesday morning.

bf
Pacemaker

He is wanted in relation to a number of offences alleged to have occurred in Dublin in June last year.

'Renowned landmark' reduced to a burnt out shell

DUP councillor 'denies mocking refugees'

The Ulster Star is reporting that a DUP councillor has "has denied suggestions that she mocked Syrian refugees".

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Tributes to Ballymena man who died in London

Talkback listen again: Gregory Campbell slams Ashers case

Prison wages

Mourne mountains: Conservationists spend £300,000 to protect habitat

A major conservation project is under way in the Mourne Mountains, as conservationists say a failure to intervene might mean the permanent loss of important habitats.

mournes
BBC

 A big problem is the collapse of exposed peat banks on the mountains.  

Man sentenced over north Belfast rioting

A 33-year-old Belfast man who took part in rioting in the Twaddell Avenue area of north Belfast in July of last year has been sentenced to two years.

North Belfast trouble
pre

Father of three William Samuel Reynolds, of Silverstream Road, was captured on CCTV for approx 40 minutes rioting. He will serve one year in prison followed by a year on supervised parole.

Man arranges meeting over burglaries

Grand brand designs

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Software company creating 16 jobs in Belfast

English company Arkk Solutions, which provides software services, is creating 16 jobs in its Belfast office.

Simon Hamilton
Press Eye

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said the jobs "will provide valuable employment opportunities for graduates who will undergo bespoke training giving them high value skills in a niche area".

Man dies following road collision in October

The PSNI have confirmed that a man died yesterday following a road traffic collision on the Strabane Road in Newtownstewart, on Monday, 24 October. 

PSNI car
BBC

The man was a pedestrian in the incident which involved a black Vauxhall Vectra car.