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- Updates for Thursday 15 December 2016
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- Picture: Glenoe Waterfall, County Antrim (by Amy Braiden)
A conservation charity has questioned why healthy badgers would have to be killed if a badger cull goes ahead in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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."
A badger cull is part of a package of measures proposed to eradicate a cattle disease that costs taxpayers up to £30m a year.
The TB Strategic Partnership Group has proposed up to 10 "intervention areas" where there is a high incidence of the disease.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pat Hickey is reported to be on his way back to the Republic of Ireland after four months in Brazil.
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.
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.
"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.
Police say a security alert at Primates Manor in Armagh has ended and all roads have re-opened.
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."
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.
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.
The Olympic Council of Ireland will elect a new president to succeed Pat Hickey at an extraordinary general meeting on 9 February.
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.
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'.