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  1. Updates for Wednesday 23 November 2016
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  1. Good night

    That's it for Wednesday on BBC News NI Live. Wrap up warm and get the fire on - there's an icy night ahead.

    Join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Dutch student rescued from Cavehill park

    The young woman rescued from Cavehill Country Park in north Belfast is a student from Holland who is studying at Queen's University.


    Joggers found a handbag and saw her lying close to trees. She has been airlifted to hospital.

  3. Stormont venue for world hockey league

    Stormont has been confirmed as the venue to stage a men's Hockey World League Round 2 tournament next year.


    The east Belfast ground got the nod over Lisnagarvey to host the event, which will be played on 11-19 March.  

  4. Murdered woman 'suffered merciless beating'

    Lorraine McCausland was a vulnerable young woman who suffered a merciless beating, a detective inspector has said.


    Police have re-opened an investigation into the murder of the mother-of-two whose body was found near a stream in Forthriver, north Belfast, almost 30 years ago.  

  5. Autumn Statement 'shows executive's limitations'

    Ulster Unionist finance spokesman Philip Smith says the chancellor’s Autumn Statement demonstrates the limitations of the executive’s policy.

    Philip Smith

    He said the statement "had a particular focus on increasing productivity and reducing the levels of public debt across the UK. Those are two points which the local executive seems blissfully ignorant of".

  6. Fresh appeal over 1987 murder

    Police have re-opened an investigation into the murder of a woman in north Belfast almost 30 years ago. The body of Lorraine McCausland, a mother-of-two, was found beside a stream in Forthriver on 8 March 1987.


    The 23-year-old had been on a night out and was last seen in a loyalist club at Tyndale. Police believe she was raped in the club and then savagely beaten before her body was dumped.

  7. Handbag find led to cliff rescue

    An emergency operation to rescue a woman from Cavehill Country Park was sparked by the discovery of her handbag.


    A man said his son was out jogging with friends on the mountain and found her bag. They looked around and saw her lying down the cliff.  

  8. Masked men with hammers rob post office

    Two masked men carrying hammers robbed the post office on Main Street, Ballywalter, this morning.

    post office

    They went into the office at 10:00 and asked for money. Police believe they made their escape in a black BMW which was found burned out at Tullykevin Road, Newtownards. Police have appealed for information.

  9. Birds of prey 'still being poisoned in NI'

    Conor Macauley

    BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

    Protected birds of prey are still being being poisoned in Northern Ireland. A report published today reveals that 11 were illegally killed in 2014. 

    Red Kites

    The main species affected were buzzards and red kites. Four of each were poisoned.   

  10. Injured woman at Cavehill park to be airlifted to hospital

    Paramedics are with the 20-year-old woman who got into difficulty at Cavehill Country Park today.


    They are awaiting the arrival of the coastguard helicopter to airlift her to hospital.

  11. Glenshane Pass still closed

  12. Best a legend, says Ulster colleague Herring

    Ulster's Rob Herring lauds Rory Best as "an Ulster and Irish legend" as his fellow hooker prepares to join an elite band of players who have won 100 caps for Ireland in Saturday's Test against Australia.

    Rob Herring

    Herring, who shares Ulster captaincy duties with Andrew Trimble, says he has learnt a lot from Best but "would like to be challenging him more in terms of a starting place for Ulster and Ireland".

  13. Emergency services rescuing woman in Cavehill park

    The emergency services have been called to Cavehill Country Park in north Belfast to rescue  a 20-year-old woman.


    It is understood that she got into difficulty in the park. Police and ambulance crews are at the scene.

  14. Brokenshire welcomes Autumn Statement money

    Secretary of State James Brokenshire has welcomed the chancellor's Autumn Statement, which he said "takes forward this government’s commitment to build an economy that works for everyone".

    James Brokenshire

    "Northern Ireland will benefit from more than £250m infrastructure capital funding which will enable the executive to invest in key infrastructure projects to support future growth," he said.