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  1. Updates for Thursday 17 November 2016
  2. NI Sec of State says Stormont is a better and more stable place one year on from the Fresh Start Agreement
  3. The new air ambulance for Northern Ireland is to be based at the Maze Long Kesh site
  4. A judge in Brazil rules that former OCI President Pat Hickey can leave the country for health reasons
  5. Picture: Ramore Head, Portrush, County Antrim (by Mervyn Robb)

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Best to wrap up warm if you are out and about tonight. Join us tomorrow from 07:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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The latest weather forecast is available here and Cecilia will be available on BBC News NI's Facebook page tomorrow at 13.45 to answer your questions.

NASUWT strike plan could face legal action

The body representing teaching employers is considering legal action against a strike plan by some teachers.  

Pupil in class

In a letter to school governors seen by the BBC, the employers said the proposed strike action by some NASUWT members later this month is based on a ballot conducted five years ago. In response, the NASUWT maintain their plans for action are entirely lawful.

Christmas lights switch on in Derry later

Delays to Belfast bus services

Scottish first minister considers NHS abortion service access

Nicola Sturgeon has said she would look into giving Northern Ireland women access to NHS abortions in Scotland without facing prohibitive costs.  

Hospital ward

Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman's health is at risk.  

New Zealand make five changes for Ireland clash

Snow in the Sperrins....

Coming up on BBC Newsline tonight

Crash on the Shore Road near Jordanstown

Snow is falling...

Snow has started falling in Northern Ireland, with police issuing a warning to drivers after cars got stuck on the mountain road between Limavady and Coleraine

Snow in Coleraine
Nigel McFarland

Nigel McFarland sent in this snap of the white stuff on the mountain road today.  

Three roads blocked between Limavady and Coleraine

NI golfer misses out on European Tour Card

Crash on the M22 has been cleared...

Good Samaritan returns '3,000 euros handbag'

A Donegal couple are searching for a Good Samaritan who returned a lost handbag containing 3,000 euros (£2581).  

Malachy and Julie Canning
Donegal Democrat/Brian McDaid

Malachy and Julie Canning told the Donegal Democrat the unidentified man deserves to be recognised for his "honourable" act.  

The View has its own mannequin challenge

Take care as snow will drop to lower levels...

Holyland residents parking scheme gets green light

A residents' parking scheme for part of the Holyland area of south Belfast has been given the go ahead by the Roads Minister, Chris Hazzard.  

Rugby Road

College Park Avenue and Rugby Road will have a mixture of parking spaces for residents as well as pay and display zones. It is understood residents will face a charge of £30 for a permit.

Cars stuck in the snow on Windyhill Road

96 puppies seized in illegal trade operation

Almost 100 puppies have been seized as part of an operation into the illegal puppy trade from Ireland to the UK.  


The DSPCA say two individuals attempted to ship the puppies from Dublin Port to Holyhead Port in North Wales.  The puppies have now been returned to Dublin and are under DSPCA care.

'Long tailbacks' after M22 crash

Belfast Giants enjoy back-to-back wins

Figures show NI visitors spending more

Tourist spending in Northern Ireland has increased by 5%, according to data from the Department for the Economy.

Dark Hedges

It has published statistics for the 12 months to June. They show expenditure grew to £789m, but the total number of visitor trips fell by 3% to 4.5m.

No jail for pensioner who abused granddaughter

A 75-year-old man who sexually abused his granddaughter for nearly two years will not be sent to prison.

Laganside Courts

Belfast Crown Court heard that the retired teacher abused her while she was off school sick and while she was doing homework at his home.  

Bangor train missing stops 'due to disruptive passengers'

McIlroy nine shots behind leader Westwood

Broken down lorry removed from A1

Belfast bus diversion due to road closure

Brexit: Scandinavian lessons in border control

There's been a lot of talk about how the UK - Irish border might be affected by Brexit. What lessons can be learned from other parts of Europe? 

Oslo, Norway

BBC News NI's Shane Harrison has been to Norway - which is outside the EU - to see how it operates its border with Sweden.

The BIG Hugo auction for Children In Need

Ice warning in place for tonight

MLAs examine self-harm case

There's live reporting from Stormont today as MLAs question the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust on its role in a case of serious self-harm involving an inmate at Maghaberry Prison.

Sean Lynch and father Damien
Derry Journal

Sean Lynch was suffering from ill mental health when he blinded himself and inflicted other "extreme and shocking" self-harm at the jail over a three-day spell in June 2014.  

Listen back to the Nolan Show

Soldiers' memorial damaged in attack

A memorial to three soldiers murdered by the IRA in north Belfast has been damaged in an attack.

Soldier memorial, north Belfast

The monument at Ballysillan Avenue had paint thrown over it today. The memorial commemorates three fusiliers from Scotland who were killed in March 1971.

BBC journalist found not guilty of rape

A BBC journalist accused of rape and sexual assault has been found not guilty of all charges at Londonderry Crown Court.

Sean O'Halloran
Trevor McBride

Sean O'Halloran, 30, from Northland Road in Derry denied raping a woman after a party at her home in May 2014. He also denied two additional charges of sexual assault on the same date. The jury reached an unanimous verdict of not guilty on all counts.

Carrick beat Dungannon to reach semi-finals

Foster won't back calls over UDA leader

First Minister Arlene Foster has refused to back calls for a UDA leader who heads an east Belfast community-based organisation to step down.  

Dee Stitt and Arlene Foster

On Wednesday, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Dee Stitt should reconsider his position as chief executive of Charter NI. However, Mrs Foster said she could not tell the organisation what to do over employability issues.

Dashing dachshund is using his head

A dachshund from Belfast is becoming a global internet star after his owners shared his incredible head-balancing talent online.  


Harley, affectionately known as Harlso, has thousands of fans on social media.  

Glenavon and Coleraine make last four