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BBC News NI's 20 most read stories of 2015 - 1 to 10

As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look back at the most read stories of the year written by the BBC News NI team.

1. NI honeymoon couple drowns in South Africa (25 October)

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Image caption Newly-weds Lynette and John Rodgers were on honeymoon in South Africa when they drowned

A couple in their 20s from Northern Ireland drowned while on honeymoon in South Africa.

John and Lynette Rodgers, from Holywood in County Down, were found on a beach at Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape.

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2. Bono bike accident: 'I may never play guitar again' (2 January)

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Image caption Bono's accident happened one day after the recording of the Band Aid single in London

U2 frontman Bono says he fears that he may never play guitar again following a bike accident last November.

He made the comment in his A to Z of 2014, published on the band's website.

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3. Belfast shooting: Ex-IRA man Gerard 'Jock' Davison shot dead (5 May)

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Image caption Gerard 'Jock' Davison was shot dead in the Markets area of Belfast

A former senior IRA figure has been shot dead near Belfast city centre.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison, 47, was shot a number of times at Welsh Street in the Markets area at about 09:00 BST.

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4. Prince Charles meets Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (19 May)

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Image caption After their handshake, Prince Charles and Gerry Adams met privately for about 20 minutes

Prince Charles has met Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the start of his four-day visit to Ireland.

Mr Adams was among a number of politicians to greet the prince at a reception at National University of Ireland Galway.

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5. 'Gay cake' row: Judge rules against Ashers bakery (19 May)

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Image caption Gareth Lee (centre) placed the order for a cake bearing a message supporting gay marriage with Ashers

A judge has ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

Ashers Baking Company, based in County Antrim, was taken to court by gay rights activist Gareth Lee.

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6. Bloody Sunday: Ex-soldier arrested over Londonderry shootings (10 November)

Image caption Thirteen people were killed on Bloody Sunday in January 1972 and another died of his injuries some months later

A former soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating the events of Bloody Sunday in Londonderry.

Thirteen people were killed when British paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march through the city in January 1972. A fourteenth died later.

He was later released on bail

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7. NI driver killed in Belgium school trip bus crash (29 June)

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Image caption Eyewitnesses said the coach crashed into a motorway bridge pillar

A bus driver from Northern Ireland has been killed in a coach crash in Belgium.

James 'Geordie' Chance was on a bus carrying 34 school children from an Essex school in the UK.

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8. Ireland same-sex referendum set to approve gay marriage (23 May)

Image caption Large crowds gathered at Dublin Castle for the announcement of the referendum result

Figures suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

More than 3.2m people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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9. County Dublin fire: Ten people die in blaze at travellers' site (10 October)

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Image caption One travellers' support group said the community had been left "in a state of shock"

Ten people, including five children, have died in a fire at a travellers' site in the Republic of Ireland.

Emergency services were called to the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines, County Dublin, at about 04:00 local time on Saturday.

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10. Boy, 15, arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with TalkTalk hack (26 October)

Image caption TalkTalk said its website had been hit by a "significant and sustained cyber attack"

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the TalkTalk hacking attack, Scotland Yard has said.

Metropolitan Police said a house had been searched in County Antrim on Monday afternoon at about 16:20 GMT.

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