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  1. Updates for Friday 25 November 2016
  2. Picture: Camowen River, County Tyrone (by Kenneth Allen)

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Good night, have a good weekend

The sun has gone down on another week of BBC News NI Live. We'll be back at 07:00 on Monday with more updates on news, sport, travel and weather. We'll leave you with Gary Gray's picture of sunset at Nendrum Church on Mahee Island earlier today. Have a good weekend.

Nendrum church
Gary Gray

NI woman who helped crack Nazi code dies aged 96

Arkins bullish ahead of Linfield visit

Portadown boss Vinny Arkins believes the Premiership basement boys can provide a stern test for title-chasing Linfield at Shamrock Park.

Portadown - Linfield
Press Eye

The Ports are 10 points adrift at the bottom and in desperate need of a win. "No-one is going to want to play us at the minute - we're playing with heart, passion and the supporters are behind us," Arkins said.

Pair face jail over 'dark web drugs'

Two men have been warned by a judge  they face "substantial custodial sentences'' over a drugs racket which involved the use of the internet's so-called dark web. 

Belfast court
BBC

Richard Charles Patrick Sinclair, 32, of Cranagh Road, Coleraine, and Kyle James Hall of Chamberlain Street, east Belfast, both pleaded guilty to drugs charges and will be sentenced in January.

Firmus Energy taking regulator to competition authority

Stories making the headlines this evening

Rugby: Ulster's game against Zebre called off

Two charged after £50k cocaine seizure

Fire at north Belfast flat being tackled

Firefighters are at the scene of a blaze at a flat on north Belfast's Ardoyne Road.

Fire engine
BBC

There are no reports of any injuries. Three fire appliances and 16 firefighters are at the scene.

Solicitor denies legal aid fraud charges

A Londonderry solicitor has denied making a series of fraudulent claims in relation to legal aid forms.

Laganside court
BBC

Damien McDaid, from Templemore in Derry, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he denied a total of 61 offences. The 42-year-old is accused of submitting falsified documents over an 18-month period.

Best 'phenomenal', says O'Brien

PM should have been at meeting says McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has criticised the prime minister for not attending a British-Irish Council meeting in Cardiff, at which Brexit was discussed. 

Martin McGuinness
BBC

"I think the British prime minister should have been here today," Mr McGuinness said, adding that her absence was a "missed opportunity" for her.

Part of Glenshane Road closed after crash

Pipe bombs found near children's playpark

Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has condemned those responsible for leaving two pipe bombs near a children's playpark in Strabane.

Strabane alert
BBC

"I am alarmed that such devices could be left in the close vicinity of a busy playpark," she said. "Whoever is behind this alert needs to realise they do not represent the people of Strabane."

Friendship Four now all square

Wrap up warm if you're going to SUFTUM

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Evening Extra: Harland and Wolff on major new contract

Brexit transition deal inevitable, says Kenny

The taoiseach has told Sky News a Brexit transition deal between the UK and EU is "inevitable".  

Enda Kenny
BBC

Enda Kenny said it will be "impossible" to agree a full Brexit deal within the two-year period for negotiations set out in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal process for leaving the EU.   

UMass leading in Belfast Friendship Four game

Black Friday affecting buses

Police sending Xmas cards to shoplifters

Police in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas are sending Christmas cards to frequent shoplifters "reminding them that we're watching" as they launch a Christmas campaign called Operation Nutmeg.

PSNI
BBC

"We'll be targeting vehicles and individuals known to be involved in crime, patrolling shopping areas, and keeping an eye on residential areas while folk are at work or shopping," they said in a Facebook post, which included the hashtag #MerryChristmasYaFilthyAnimal. 

Lough Neagh ruling a major blow, says Friends of the Earth

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Environment Correspondent

A judge's decision to reject a legal challenge to sand extraction from Lough Neagh is "a major blow to Northern Ireland's environment", according to Friends of the Earth.

Sand extraction
BBC

"This vitally important wildlife site is supposed to be protected under international law - if we can't protect these precious areas then nowhere is safe," the environmental group, which brought the challenge, said.

Watch live college ice hockey

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 University of Vermont are taking on the University of Massachusetts in Belfast.

Friendship Four about to get under way in Belfast

Fog continues to linger

Pipe bombs made safe in Strabane alert

Two pipe bombs have been made safe by the Army during a security alert in Strabane.

Strabane alert
BBC

They were found at Springhill Park in the town earlier today. The alert has ended and the street has reopened.

H&W's £20m contract testament to great work, says Long

A £20m contract secured by Harland and Wolff is a "major boost" for Belfast and beyond, says Alliance Party leader Naomi Long.

Harland and Wolff cranes
Press Eye

"East Belfast has a proud industrial heritage with Harland and Wolff and this contract is testament to the great work the company is still carrying out," she adds.

Frost sharp at first tonight, then easing

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Broken down lorry on M2 moved, but traffic still slow

Police at scene of Strabane alert

Kevin Sharkey

BBC News NI

A discovery of two suspicious objects has triggered a security alert in Strabane.

Police at a cordon in Strabane
BBC

Police are at the scene in Springhill Park in the town, which has been closed to traffic.

Payne and O'Brien fitness doubts for Irish

BBC Sport NI

Centre Jared Payne and flanker Sean O'Brien are fitness doubts for Ireland's game against Australia on Saturday after missing Friday's training session.

Jared Payne
PA

The duo are said to have "lower-limb tweaks", and defence coach Andy Farrell said decisions on their fitness for the Dublin clash will be made "in the morning".

Super-injunctions 'confirm need for fresh defamation law'

There are currently six super-injunctions in Northern Ireland, Ulster Unionist MLA Harold McKee says, more than at any time in the last 10 years.

Harold McKee
BBC

The information was released to the South Down MLA after an assembly question to the justice minister, and he says it confirms the need to update Northern Ireland's s defamation laws.

Boxer Taylor aims to emulate Rousey

BBC Sport NI

Katie Taylor says she wants to do the same for women's professional boxing as Ronda Rousey has done for UFC.

Katie Taylor says she has 'big hopes and dreams'

The Irishwoman makes her pro debut at London's Wembley Arena tomorrow, and says the fight "is the platform women's boxing needs".

No intention of holding border poll, says taoiseach

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Armed gang threaten man and steal shotgun

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

A man has been threatened by an armed, masked gang who broke into his Randalstown home, ransacked it, and stole a legally-held shotgun.

Police officer
BBC

The theft, at Thornleigh Park, happened at about 20:30 on Tuesday, although police have just released details about it.

Irish border 'one of most sensitive Brexit issues'

BBC Politics

The Irish border is one of the most politically sensitive issues in negotiating how the UK will leave the EU, Malta's prime minister says.

Joseph Muscat
AFP

Joseph Muscat, whose country takes over the EU's presidency in January, says he doubts Theresa May's government will be able to start formal Brexit negotiations by the end of March, as she hopes to do.

Belfast's poet laureate set to leave city

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Arts Correspondent

Belfast's first poet laureate Sinead Morrissey is to leave the city for a new role at Newcastle University.

Sinead Morrissey
Press Eye

She will quit her post as professor of creative writing at Queen's University at the end of February.

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