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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 December 2016
  2. 20-bed children's ward at Ulster Hospital closed due to staff sickness
  3. DUP nominates airport boss for Tourism Ireland position
  4. QUB to lead body toxins research project
  5. Picture: River Foyle in Londonderry (by Tony Monaghan)

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By Erinn Kerr and Michael Hirst

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  1. Good night

    Thanks for your company today and hopefully you made the most of the warmer weather! Join us tomorrow from 07:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

  2. Warm today, but what about tomorrow?

    It has been the warmest December day since 1994 in Northern Ireland, but what's in store for us tomorrow? Check out the latest BBC NI weather forecast here.

    Geoff Maskell
  3. 'No automatic retrial' for David Tweed

    A former Ireland international rugby player will not automatically face a retrial on child sexual abuse allegations, the Court of Appeal has ruled.  

    David Tweed

    Judges said it was up to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) whether charges should be pursued against David Tweed.  Mr Tweed, 57, was jailed for eight years in 2012. The convictions were quashed in October.

  4. Sinn Féin TDs deny murder involvement

    Two Sinn Féin TDs have angrily denied they had any involvement in the murder of a senior prison officer in the Republic of Ireland in 1983.  

    Brian Stack

    Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris shouted their denials in the Dáil shortly after their party leader Gerry Adams made a statement on his knowledge of the killing.  

  5. Foster 'did not ignore' energy scheme warnings

    Arlene Foster "did not ignore" warnings by a whistleblower over an energy scheme that will cost NI taxpayers £400m, the economy minister has said.  

    Arlene Foster

    Mrs Foster dealt with the Renewable Heat Incentive issue "entirely appropriately", said Simon Hamilton.  

  6. Man questioned over death of Austin Hunter

    A man has been questioned by police in Bahrain in connection with the death of former BBC journalist and News Letter editor Austin Hunter.

    Austin Hunter

    Mr Hunter, 64, was knocked down and killed on a road in Bahrain at the weekend.  

  7. Latest on Brexit hearing at Supreme Court

    Lawyers for victims campaigner Raymond McCord and a group of NI anti-Brexit politicians are putting their arguments to the Supreme Court today.  

    Raymond McCord

    The latest live coverage is available from our colleagues in BBC Politics.