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- Updates for Tuesday 20 December 2016
- Picture: Winter sunset in Carrickfergus, County Antrim (by Paul McFarland)
The IFA will meet tomorrow to discuss its response to the £11,769 fine imposed by Fifa for a poppy display in the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan last month.
As it stands, the Northern Ireland governing body cannot appeal against the 15,000 Swiss francs sanction. That is because Fifa rules states that only fines exceeding 15,000 Sfr can be appealed against.
The Slieve Russell hotel, which has been forced to close temporarily due to an outbreak of the nororvirus, has said it will reopen as soon as possible.
"The health and safety of our staff, visitors and guests at the Slieve Russell Hotel is of paramount importance to us and we are taking every precaution to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all our patrons," said a spokesperson.
Police have recovered a gun from a house at Annadale Crescent in south Belfast.
Police were told about the weapon as the house was being refurbished yesterday. A further search was carried out today and the weapon was removed for forensic examination.
A judge has ordered a retired Ulster and Scotland rugby star to go on trial accused of assaulting his estranged wife.
However, two weeks after Simon Danielli goes on trial for allegedly assaulting his wife Olivia, damaging her phone and assaulting her friend, Mrs Danielli will go on trial in the same court, in front of the same judge, accused of damaging her husband's car.
Two World War Two bombs found in Castlewellan Forest Park last night have been made safe by the Army.
Controlled explosions were carried out and the alert ended at about 13:00 today.
BBC News NI Political Editor
The prime minister says the indications are that other EU member states are very well aware of the sensitivities concerning the land border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.
Theresa May told a committee of the House of Commons that other EU states want to see a solution that works for both sides of the border.
Two women convicted of falsely imprisoning a man in a case involving a suspected British agent have won a 30-year battle to clear their names.
Mary Clinton and Bernadette Armstrong had always protested their innocence over events at a house in Rathbeg Close, Downpatrick in 1987. The alleged victim in the case was taken from the house and shot for being a suspected informer, according to papers in the case.
Facebook must pay £3,000 damages to a loyalist flag protester for online comments about his children's religion, a High Court judge ruled today.
The judge made the award after finding the social media giant liable for misuse of private information.
The leader of UKIP has called for Arlene Foster to stand down as first minister to facilitate an independent, judge-led inquiry into the RHI scandal.
"It cannot be fully, fairly and impartially addressed if the current first minister remains in place, as she would ultimately be involved in initiating the groundwork for any investigation," said Paul Nuttall.
Denis Buckley, Jack Carty and Quinn Roux have become the latest Connacht players to agree contract extensions.
The news follows hooker Tom McCartney's decision to commit to the Irish province for a further three seasons.
A man convicted of a teenage role in the IRA murder of a 64-year-old Protestant man 40 years ago has failed in a bid to have the verdict overturned.
Judges in the Court of Appeal rejected claims that the circumstances surrounding admissions made by James Gary Roberts rendered the finding unsafe.
Irish celebrities have lent support to a campaign against homelessness after activists took over an ex-government building and turned it into a shelter.
Well-known Irish musicians, including Oscar-winner Glen Hansard, Dublin band Kodaline and Hozier, led campaigners in song outside the Dublin building. Apollo House, a former government office block, is empty but there are plans to demolish and redevelop it.
Belfast's High Court has allowed some evidence connected to the 1998 Omagh bombing to be heard in secret.
The ruling was part of an ongoing legal challenge by the Omagh families to overturn a government decision not to hold a public inquiry into the 1998 atrocity.
A music promoter from Kilkenny, who was caught at George Best Belfast City Airport trying to smuggle in 10 kilos of cocaine from Peru, has been sentenced to seven years - half of which he will serve in prison.
Shane Delaney, 30, from Delouthry, was stopped after it was noticed his suitcase had come from South American via Madrid and Heathrow. When it was opened, 15 packaged polo shirts wrapped around cocaine were discovered.
BBC News NI Business Correspondent
Stormont spent more than £10m on agency workers in the Northern Ireland Civil Service at a time when it was making redundancies.
More than 3,300 civil servants left under the voluntary exit scheme, but during that time hundreds of agency workers were hired, at a cost of £10.6m. Details were released by the Department of Finance to TUV leader Jim Allister.
The Western Health Trust's medical director says a norovirus outbreak at Altnagelvin Hospital is the worst he has experienced in his career of almost 30 years.
Dermot Hughes told BBC News NI that vulnerable, elderly patients are most at risk.
The Slieve Russell Hotel in County Cavan has closed for a "deep-clean" after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug among customers and staff.
The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said it was working with the hotel which will "re-open as soon as all possible environmental sources of the virus have been disinfected".