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  1. Updates for Thursday 1 December 2016
  2. Picture: Morning sunrise over Draperstown, County Londonderry (by Peter Jones)
  3. Two men arrested in Northern Ireland watchdog probe
  4. Cannabis oil 'could save our daughter'
  5. Claw hammer murderer jailed for 17 years

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  1. Good night

    That's all from us at BBC News NI live for today. Tomorrow it's (whisper it) Friday, so we hope you have a great evening and we'll see you then.

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    We'll leave you with this goregous sunset taken by Rachel Cassidy. G'night!

  2. Glentoran 'reject' new stadium plan

    A vice-president of Glentoran says the club has rejected a plan to build a new stadium away from The Oval.

    Glentoran FC

    David Long said the current plan to redevlop the ground does not "stack up" and would rather the club build a new £17m ground at Tommy Patton Park. 

  3. Football: Arkins steps down at Portadown

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    Portadown appear ready to appoint a new manager, after interim boss Vinny Arkins stepped down.

    Vinny Arkins

    Arkins cannot replace former manage Pat McGibbon full time as he does not hold a UEFA coaching licence. Ards boss Niall Currie has been linked with the job along with the likes of Roddy Collins and Paul Doolin. 

  4. Irish government will not oppose medicinal cannabis bill

    The Irish government says it will not oppose a bill to make cannabis available for medicinal use in the Republic. 


    The bill is expected to pass a parliament vote this evening. 

  5. A ferry merry Christmas to you!

    You can hear Christmas music ring out across Strangford Lough this season as choirs and musicians put fairy magic into each ferry sailing.

    Enough of the puns... there's a whole 24 more days to go!

    Christmas choir
  6. More than £1.5m spent on Carrick loyalist row

    The PSNI says that they have spent £1.6m policing a loyalist row in Carrickfergus in the last five months. 

    Castlemara disturbances

    Tensions have been raised in the Castlemara estate because of a dispute involving the South East Antrim UDA. At a meeting of the policing board, Asst Chief Constable Stephen Martin said 17 people had been arrested and nine charged.

  7. UFC: McGregor's boxing licence reignites Mayweather talk

    BBC Sport NI

    Could UFC champion Conor McGregor be about to step into a boxing ring? Speculation has intensified that the Irishman may be closer to a fight against five-weight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather after securing a boxing licence

    Conor McGregor

    McGregor received a licence from the Californica State Athletic Commission and has said he wants $100m to fight Mayweather.

  8. GAA: Inter-provincial competition set for next weekend

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    The GAA inter-provincials will take place on the weekend of 10-11 December, with the football competition in Parnell Park and the hurling taking place in Nenagh, County Tipperary. 

    GAA interprovincials

    Despite calls for the competition to be scrapped amid low attendances, the GAA's president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl said he was "delighted" to see it return. 

  9. Funeral of IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour takes place

    The funeral of former IRA supergrass Raymond Gilmour has taken place in Kent. Mr Gilmour, originally from Londonderry, was found dead in his home in October.

    Raymond Gilmour

    He was living in Kent under a false name for almost 30 years. He became an RUC Special Branch informer when he was 17 and was the only witness in a trial of 35 IRA suspects that collapsed in 1984. 

  10. Snooker: Mark Allen beaten in UK Championship

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    Mark Allen is out of the UK Championship after being beaten 6-3 by John Higgins.

    Mark Allen

    The match was evenly poised at 3-3 frames each before the Scot won the final three frames in a row to secure his place in the quarter finals. 

  11. Stormont produce 'child-friendly' programme document

    If you want to know Stormont's plans for the coming years, you could do worse than this child-friendly version of the programme for government, as endorsed by our political editor.

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  12. Vehicle that hit bridge was prison service van

    A vehicle that lost its roof when it hit a low bridge in Banbridge earlier this week was a prison van, it's emerged.

    Van hits bridge in Banbridge

    The driver drove on for 10 miles after hitting the bridge. The prison service confirmed that one of its vehicles "was involved in a road traffic incident at Banbridge". 

  13. 'Hardest man' guilty of killing NI soldier

    A killer who boasted of being the "hardest man" in town has been found guilty of murdering a Northern Ireland soldier in Wales.

    Pte Matthew Boyd

    Pte Matthew Boyd (pictured), 20, originally from Carrickfergus, was off-duty in Brecon when he was punched and beaten by Jake Vallely.