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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 15 April 2016
  2. More than £500,000 paid by PSNI to suspended civilian staff
  3. Police believe they have recovered weapon used in Dublin murder
  4. Use of food banks in NI is at all-time high, research says
  5. Picture: Early morning sun at Dollingstown, County Down (by Dale McCrory)

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Who are the teachers that inspired NI's best school choirs?

Boxing: Taylor vows to bounce back

Katie Taylor says she is relieved that she will have another chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the World Championships in two months. She was beaten on a unanimous decision by Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna in the semi-finals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Samsun.

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It's the first time the lightweight champion has been beaten since 2011. 

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Church damaged in arson attack

Cairnshill Methodist Church, off the Saintfield Road in Castlereagh, was broken into and damaged in an arson attack in south Belfast on Thursday night. 

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A number of separate blazes were started and damage was caused to the interior of the building. 

Fabian Delph takes on Irish colloquialism challenge

The Manchester City midfielder undertakes a slang match against Northern Irish presenter Nicola McCarthy. The duo attempt to understand each others home dialect. You can decide who comes out as the champion. 

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Don't miss a moment of the political action

If you missed last night's special hour long edition of The View, broadcast live from Castledawson, you can watch it back on the BBC iPlayer

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Travel: Delays country bound

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Rowntree Inquest: Soldiers did not offer first aid

A witness at the inquest into the death of 11-year-old Francis Rwontree in 1972 says soldiers looked at him after he had been shot but did not offer any first aid. Bernadette Connolly was about to celebrate her 14th birthday at the time Francis was shot. 

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Francis Rowntree suffered serious head and brain injuries having been struck above the left ear. He died two days later in the Royal Victoria Hospital. 

Mother who killed child experienced 'psychotic episodes'

Belfast Crown Court has been told the circumstances of a case in which a mother of two killed her baby. The woman, who was suffering from psychotic episodes , telephoned 999 on the morning of 9 April 2014 to say that she had killed her baby. 

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The child was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital by the emergency services. It died four weeks later. The woman will be sentenced at a later date. 

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Same sex marriage on campaign trial

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Campaigners for same sex marriage have urged candidates in the Assembly election to back them and introduce legislation. The Love Equality campaign is supported by lesbian and gay organisations, as well as trade unions, student activists and Amnesty International. 

Same sex campaigners
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Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK where gay marriage is not legal. Last year, for the first time, a majority of MLAs voted in favour of same-sex marriage. The motion was blocked due to a petition of concern which was lodged by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). 

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Pro 12: Connacht vs Munster

Connacht and Munster have both made three personnel changes to their teams for Saturday's interprovincial Pro12 clash in Galway.  

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Racist attacks at two houses in Belfast

Windows of two houses in the Donegall Road area of south Belfast have been damaged in what police are treating as "racially motivated hate crimes".

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The attack on the first house was reported to police at about 23:00 on Thursday. The second attack was reported at 12.20 on Friday morning. 

Paul Quinn: Police uncover illegal waste

Irish police investigating the murder of County Armagh man, Paul Quinn, have unearthed a large quantity of illegal waste. The 21-yea-old was beaten to death in County Monaghan in October 2007. 

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Searches for evidence started near a farm in Castleblayney, on the border between Armagh and Monaghan on Thursday at around 09:00. A man was also arrested on Thursday in connection to the murder. He remains in custody.

Family find 'Bronze Age hammer' in muddy field

Family appeal on 14th anniversary of murder

Police appeal one week after fatal M1 crash

Officers investigating the death of 80-year-old Maureen Buchanan in a six-car crash on the M1 last Friday repeat their appeal for information.

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Man murdered 'by mistake' was 24-year-old father of three

A photograph of the 24-year-old man murdered in a Dublin gun attack on Thursday has been released by police investigating his death. 

Martin O'Rourke
Garda Press Office

Martin O'Rourke, a father-of-three, was shot several times outside a pub in the north inner city. It is understood the murder was a case of mistaken identity.

BreakingAmerican man found not guilty in 'air rage' trial

An American man prosecuted for allegedly endangering an aircraft after the cabin crew refused to give him pre-flight snacks been found not guilty by a Northern Ireland court. 

Jeremiah Mathis Thede
Pacemaker

A United Airlines flight from Italy to the US was diverted to Belfast on 20 June last year after flight attendants became worried by the behaviour of Jeremiah Mathis Thede, 42.  The plane had to dump thousands of litres of fuel before making the unscheduled stop at Belfast International Airport.

Seven more SDLP members quit party in West Tyrone

Seven office-holders have quit the SDLP in West Tyrone, as the row over Daniel McCrossan's nomination in the assembly election continues.

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Pacemaker

The latest resignations come a week after three councillors quit the party. However, a party statement said Mr McCrossan "and his team in West Tyrone have the full support and confidence of the SDLP".

Petrol 'poured' through letterbox in arson attack

A Limavady man said he is 'too scared' to return to his home after it was targeted in an arson attack. 

Limavady fire
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 Dominic Allen's flat in Kennaught Terrace was targeted on Sunday at around 02:00.   

Londonderry: Stolen taxi van burnt out

Belfast Blitz commemorations under way

Belfast City Council is unveiling memorial plaques across Belfast in areas which were most effected by the Blitz.  

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The Belfast blitz devastated the city - up until 1941 it had remained unscathed during World War Two.   

Boxing: Taylor loses European Olympic Qualifier

Katie Taylor has lost the European Olympic Qualifying semi-final to Yana Alekseevna. She will now have to get to the last four of the World Championships to make it to Rio. 

Katie Taylor
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It's the first time she has been defeated since 2011. 

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Use of food banks in NI at all-time high

The demand for food banks in Northern Ireland has reached an all-time high, according to research carried out by The Trussell Trust charity. The group run a UK-wide network of food banks, 37 of which are in Northern Ireland. 

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In the past year, the number of emergency food parcels they have provided has increased by 48%. In 2015/16, there were 25,755 packages supplied, 11,155 of which went to children. 

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Schoolgirl who cares for disabled mum shortlisted for UK award

A 16-year-old Newtownabbey schoolgirl, who helps to wash and dress her disabled mother, as well as helping to look after her younger sister, is in the running for the Young Carer of the Year award.

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