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  1. Updates for Thursday 15 December 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Friday
  3. Picture: Glenoe Waterfall, County Antrim (by Amy Braiden)

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It's been a busy news day! We'll be back at 07:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather. Hope you can join us!

Here comes the rain again..

Arlene Foster: 'I have nothing to hide'

First Minister Arlene Foster says she has "nothing to hide" over the controversial renewable heat incentive scheme. 

Video courtesy Impartial Reporter

She was speaking ahead of a TV interview by the former DUP minister, Jonathan Bell, who has said he will "tell the truth" about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. 

Charity questions need to kill healthy badgers

A conservation charity has questioned why healthy badgers would have to be killed if a badger cull goes ahead in Northern Ireland. 

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The cull is part of a package of measures proposed to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a cattle disease that costs NI taxpayers up to £30m a year. 

Jonathan Bell interview on BBC One at 22:40

Abandoned puppy getting lots of TLC

McCall wants united scrum

Translink completes investigation into complaint

Translink has responded to claims that an elderly man was helped off a bus and left at a bus stop without medical assistance after suffering a seizure during his journey.  

Metro bus
BBC

In a statement, Translink said: "The driver and another member of staff became aware of the gentleman's distress and took steps to get him off the busy, crowded bus. After offering him some care and assistance, the man appeared to feel better and refused any further medical assistance."

Long queues remain on Westlink towards M1

A look at tonight's headlines with Tara

Badger cull plan in bovine TB 'hotspots'

A badger cull is part of a package of measures proposed to eradicate a cattle disease that costs taxpayers up to £30m a year.  

Badger
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The TB Strategic Partnership Group has proposed up to 10 "intervention areas" where there is a high incidence of the disease. 

Christmas past in Belfast..

Coming up on BBC Newsline at 18:30 with Tara

Doubts over 'largest' abortion petition

The justice minister has said that a petition by anti-abortion groups claiming 300,000 signatures actually consisted of several petitions collected over 12 years from nine campaigns.

Claire Sugden
BBC

Claire Sugden said she received the petition via DUP MLA Jim Wells. He said it was "the largest petition ever received by the assembly" and was signed by Northern Ireland residents. 

Crash on Westlink heading towards M1

Man sentenced over bomb threats during Queen's visit

A 66-year-old man who made bomb threats during the Queen's visit to the Republic of Ireland has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

Donal Billings
RTE

Irish police received a call from Donal Billings in May 2011, saying there was a bomb on a bus in Maynooth. A bag was found on the bus holding a bomb, gunpowder, petrol, a timing-power unit, battery and a fuse.

Coming up on Evening Extra..

Bangor street reopens to traffic

Allen to face O'Sullivan at Scottish Open

Pat Hickey 'on way home from Brazil'

Pat Hickey is reported to be on his way back to the Republic of Ireland after four months in Brazil.

Pat Hickey
JACK GUEZ/AFP

On Monday, a judge gave the former Olympic Council of Ireland official the go ahead to leave the country. A judge ordered that Mr Hickey's passport be returned to him after it was confirmed that 1.5m Brazilian real (about £350,000) was lodged with the court.

Broken down vehicle causing delays in Derry

Crash on middle lane of M1 moved to hard shoulder

Another crash on M1

Traffic busy in some parts of Belfast

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Reports of crash in Bangor

Traffic slow in usual hotspots

Brokenshire to meet community and voluntary groups

The Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, is to hold a series of round-table events with the voluntary and community sector to hear about their priorities in relation to Brexit.

James Brokenshire
BBC

"It is vital the voices of these groups are heard as we work to deliver the best possible EU exit deal for every part of the UK," he said.

Security alert in Armagh ends

Police say a security alert at Primates Manor in Armagh has ended and all roads have re-opened.

PSNI crest
BBC

Ch Insp Jon Burrows said: "ATO inspected a suspicious object which has been declared as the remains of an exploded pipe bomb type device. No damage has been caused to property and there have been no reports of any injuries."

PAC invites Foster and others to face questions over RHI

Stormont's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has decided to invite First Minister Arlene Foster in her role as former DETI minister to outline what she knew about the RHI scheme.

Stormont
BBC

The PAC also wants to speak to Jonathan Bell in his role as former DETI minister, former finance minister Sammy Wilson and the SDLP's Patsy McGlone.  

OCI to elect new president in February

The Olympic Council of Ireland will elect a new president to succeed Pat Hickey at an extraordinary general meeting on 9 February.

Pat Hickey
JACK GUEZ/AFP

Hickey stepped aside as OCI president after being arrested by Rio police during the Olympics in an investigation into illegal ticket sales. The 71-year-old is expected home in Ireland later after being released on bail on medical grounds.

SDLP submit motion to exclude Foster

The SDLP have submitted a motion to exclude First Minister Arlene Foster from office for six months to account for the RHI scheme.

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Inspections could add £2m to RHI bill

Delays 'cleared' after east Belfast crash

'Dear Santa, can I have a moustache?'

It's the most wonderful time of the year and one of the busiest for Royal Mail staff employed by Santa to help sort and ensure that all those letter reach him in time. 

BBC News NI got a sneak peek inside the Royal Mail sorting office where staff have their own 'Santa's grotto'.

Bell most 'significant political interview' since Robinson

Long delays after east Belfast crash

Bell pledges 'to tell the truth' about RHI scheme

DUP's Jonathan Bell pledges to "tell the public the truth" on heating scheme