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  1. Updates for Monday 12 December 2016
  2. Picture: Minnowburn Beeches, Belfast (by Des Maltby)

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Burglary at Belfast City Hospital ward

Medical equipment and other items have been stolen during a burglary at a ward in Belfast City Hospital.

Belfast City Hospital
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Damage was also caused to a pay phone and a projector during the incident which police say happened between 7.30pm on Friday and 7am today.

Trio return to Ireland cricket squad

Man charged after trio collapse in Belfast

A 33-year-old man has been charged with possession of a class A controlled drug with intent to supply after three men collapsed following a "suspected overdose" in Belfast city centre at the weekend.

Ambulances in Belfast city centre
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All three were found unconscious on Saturday night on Donegall Pass. The man who has been charged is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Friday 6 January.

RHI is the hot topic on BBC Newsline

Delays after Ballymoney crash

Belfast Giants show their steel with Sheffield win

Just another murky Monday...

Traffic delays on the M5

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Foster meets PSNI chief over Charter NI claim

The first minister, Arlene Foster, and PSNI chief constable George Hamilton have held talks about a police claim that people linked to Charter NI were involved in recent paramilitarism.  

Charter NI
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Charter NI, an east Belfast community organisation, recently received £1.7m from Stormont's Social Investment Fund.  Last week, Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said individuals within Charter NI had "connections" to the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

Dense fog causing delays in Dundrod

Evening Extra reflects on life of Lord Prior

Preview of BBC Spotlight NI programme

Controversial toilet sign removed in Limavady

Kearney upbeat ahead of game against Ballymena

Cement on the M1 leads to 'rolling road closure'

Hundreds of GPs threaten to leave NHS

Hundreds of GPs in Northern Ireland have signed undated resignation letters to the NHS, meaning they could begin charging patients directly for appointments in 2017.  

Doctor
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The British Medical Association's Tom Black said GPs have a "huge workload".  He told the BBC's Talkback programme that if GPs did not do something there would be "no GP services".

Man arrested in Joe Reilly murder probe

Delays on Translink Metro network

Service remembers Austin Hunter

A service of thanksgiving has been held in Comber, County Down, for former BBC journalist and News Letter editor Austin Hunter.

Simon Hamilton and Arlene Foster
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Picture of Austin Hunter
Pacemaker

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Economy Minister Simon Hamilton were among those attending. Mr Hunter, 64, died earlier this month after he was knocked down on a road in Bahrain.

150 new jobs at SSA in Northern Ireland

About 150 jobs are being created in the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland to deliver services to claimants in Great Britain.  

Jobs & Benefits sign
BBC

Most of the jobs will be in Ballymena, with about 20 in Londonderry.  

Death of former NI Secretary Lord Prior

Former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Prior has died at the age of 89.  

Lord Prior
BBC

He served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Employment under Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s, having previously served in office under Edward Heath.  

Public inquiry call over goldmine plan

The Department of Infrastructure has said there should be a public inquiry into a proposal for a goldmine near Greencastle, County Tyrone. 

Gold
BBC

Chris Hazzard made the statement after local residents said they feared human error or equipment failure could lead to a cyanide spill. The claim has been rejected by the company.

Nolan Show callers react to latest on heating scheme

Semi-finalists going for League Cup glory

Wet and windy weather outlook

'Suspected overdose' three out of danger

Three men who collapsed after taking a "suspected overdose" in Belfast city centre at the weekend have now left hospital.

The men were taken to the RVH
PSNI

All three were found unconscious on Saturday just before 21:00 GMT on Donegall Pass. One of them was later described as being critically ill.

Preston sign Dundalk duo

Hazzard says gold mine plan should have inquiry

PSNI to review claims about soldier's murder

The PSNI is to investigate claims made in a book about the murder of a former UDR soldier by the Real IRA.  

David Caldwell
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David Caldwell died after picking up a lunchbox packed with explosives at a TA base in Londonderry in 2002. A former solider claimed in a recent book that the bombers were under surveillance in the days leading up to the attack.

Traffic busy on Great Victoria Street and Dublin Road

Delays on M2 towards Nelson Street

First minister speaks out about RHI scheme

Arlene Foster interview on BBC Newsline

Slaughtneil squad prepare for sober Christmas..

Driver caught five times over the limit at 9am