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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. The funeral takes place for man shot dead in north Belfast
  3. About 25% more NI students apply to Republic of Ireland universities
  4. Doctors call on Stormont to increase funding for general practice
  5. Picture: River Foyle at Bready, County Londonderry (by Alwyn Curry)

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By Fiona Murray and Nuala McCann

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from tomorrow at 19:00. 

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In the meantime, we're off to put on our old Prince albums in memory of one of pop's greats who sadly left us today. Have a good night. 

Queen's birthday celebration underway in Enniskillen

BBC News NI's south west reporter is in Enniskillen where celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday are in full swing.

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Man jailed for sexual assault on teenage girl

A 30-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl he met online has been jailed for 12 months.

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BBC

Aiden Hughes, with an address of Balmoral Road, Bangor, posed as a teenage boy before meeting his victim in a Belfast park.

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Weather: Chillier outlook going into the weekend

Barra Best's got the weather latest tonight - but, seriously Barra, if it's bad news, we don't want to know.

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NIFRS take the honours against the NYFD in both Gaelic football and soccer

Officer disciplined for failing to fully investigate assault allegation

A police officer has been disciplined for failing to properly investigating an allegation that a man assaulted a 12-year-old after getting annoyed that children were playing near his car.

PSNI
BBC

The Police Ombudsman recommended the action after it found the officer did not get statements from the boy's friends about what had happened. The Public Prosecution Service later said it didn't have enough evidence to prosecute. 

GAA: Tyrone expect Cavan 'test' in Division Two final

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh says he's ready for a "serious test" when his side takes on Cavan in the Football League Division Two decider on Sunday.

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DUP leader visits Queen Elizabeth II school on the royal birthday

Traffic: Delays on the A2 to Bangor

Rugby: Best and McCloskey up for player of the year awards

BBC Sport NI

Ulster's Rory Best and Stuart McCloskey have been nominated for player of the year awards by the Irish Rugby Union Players' Association.

Rory Best
BBC

Best is up against Robbie Henshaw, Jack McGrath and CJ Stander for the Players' Player of the Year Award while McCloskey has been nominated with Garry Ringrose and Josh Van Der Flier for the Nevin Spence Young Player of the Year.

UFC: Conor McGregor says he's not retired

Conor McGregor says he's not retired and is ready to fight his scheduled rematch against Nate Diaz in July - but that he has "become lost in the game of promotion" and " forgot about the art of fighting".

Conor McGregor
Facebook

The Irish UFC champion launched speculation that he'd left the sport after being pulled from his fight against Diaz for refusing to do promotional duty. 

But, in a post on Facebook, McGregor says he wants to fight. He adds: "I'm doing what I need for me now. It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way."

Record-breaking 2016 temperatures in the west

Just watch that mercury rise! It's a positively tropical 18C in County Mayo.

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Bangor FC settle debts dispute

Bangor FC are no longer facing the threat of possible closure over alleged outstanding debts after agreement was reached about paying a contractor.

Bangor
Press Eye

The club had been issued with a winding-up order over the installation of a 3G pitch, but the petition was dismissed at the High Court.

Conor McGregor to speak for first time since retirement tweet

Looks like the mystery around Conor McGregor's apparent retirement could soon be over - the UFC champion says he's set to make a statement.

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James Nesbitt on playing killer dentist Colin Howell

Mental health patients 'exempt from hospital smoking ban'

Patients on mental health wards in certain parts of Northern Ireland are to be exempt from the new ban on smoking on hospital grounds.

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The South Eastern Trust has agreed to lift the prohibition in wards where they are treated while it carries out a review of the smoke free policy, the High Court has heard. The outcome represents a victory in a legal challenge by a 23-year-old woman currently detained on an acute psychiatric ward.

21-gun Salute for Queen at Hillsborough Castle

A 21-gun salute rang out at Hillsborough Castle at midday to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Queen
Pacemaker

This evening, beacons will be lit across Northern Ireland in celebration.

Football: Irish League Show available online now

It's been a momentous week in the Irish Premiership, after Crusaders sealed their first ever back-to-back league titles on Tuesday night. - you can watch all the highlights right now as the Irish League show is now available on the iPlayer.

Crusaders
Press Eye

Minister criticises 'teacher training racket'

Alliance's Stephen Farry has hit out at what he described as a teacher training "racket" -  while speaking to The Stephen Nolan Show.

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"We are artificially pumping through more people into these colleges to ensure they remain viable financially at a time that we don't have the job opportunities for teachers," he said.

Police officer disciplined over 'assault on boy' case

A police officer has been disciplined for failing to properly investigate an allegation that a man, who was annoyed by children playing football near his car, assaulted a 12-year-old boy by kicking him on the hand.

Police ombudsman
BBC

A Police Ombudsman investigation found that the investigating police officer did not obtain statements from the boy's friends about what had happened. 

Stepping out for the sake of the curlew

Weather: Sun staying on?

The sunshine is holding up! Angie Phillips has the latest for the rest of the day and into the weekend.

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Mystery of the beautiful airport

Man jailed for 'one punch attacks'

A 25-year-old man from Limavady has been jailed for knocking out two men in separate attacks on the same night.

Court
BBC

Declan Paul Butcher from Roe Park Court committed the "single punch" assaults at Market Street, Limavady, on 2 October 2014.  

Murder 'another stumbling block on road to reconciliation'

Michael McGibbon's widow, Joanne, held their four children close as they said goodbye at his funeral in Holy Cross Church on Thursday.

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Pacemaker

Mourners heard Fr Eugene McCarthy call his murder last week "another stumbling block on the road to lasting peace and reconciliation".

Work beings on new £20m film studios

Work has started on new £20m film studios in Belfast, after the building contract was awarded to a Northern Ireland firm.

Belfast Harbour
RPP Architects

It's being funded by Belfast Harbour and is due to be completed late this year. Newry building firm O'Hare and McGovern said the project would support 200 jobs during construction.

Down the years: the Queen's many visits here

As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday, we take a look back at the many visits she made here during her reign.

Queen
PA

They began with the Coronation visit in July 1953. There was that famous handshake with Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, and the 2011 visit to the Republic of Ireland - the first by a reigning monarch and a significant step in British-Irish relations.

Marking Roger Casement's role in the Easter Rising

North West 200: Harrison aims for top-three finish

BBC Sport NI

The North West 200, one of the country's biggest sporting events, is coming up next month, with riders and fans gearing up for the races. 

Dean Harrison
Stephen Davison

One rider getting ready is Yorkshire's Dean Harrison and he says he's targeting a top-three finish for the first time. "That's what I'm aiming for, that's the plan. Anything more than that would be a bonus," he says.

Education minister orders De La Salle investigation

Education Minister John O'Dowd has ordered an independent investigation into recent events at De La Salle College in Belfast.

De La Salle
BBC

There have been ongoing industrial problems at the school over the past few months. Mr O'Dowd had previously been reluctant to sanction an investigation but he said new information had led to his decision.

'A neat bundle of dynamite'

From BBC Voices 16 - the story of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme in the words of those who were there.

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Physiotherapy training cuts 'deeply concerning'

The number of physiotherapy training places at Ulster University is to be cut by almost 10% in 2016/17.

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Thinkstock

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in Northern Ireland said it is deeply concerned. The cuts will reduce the number of places at Ulster University from 55 to 50.

Belfast Giants duo 'on target'

Two firms win trade awards

Clodagh Rice

BBC News NI Business Reporter

Two local companies have won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade. They are agri-technology firm, Devenish, that has seen a 300% growth in overseas sales in the last three years and AJ Power - a company that makes diesel generators in Craigavon.

Candystripes to take on Cork

Derry City have been handed a tough EA Sports Cup quarter-final with the Candystripes drawn against Cork City at Turner's Cross.  

Football
BBC

The Candystripes defeated Sligo Rovers 2-0 in the second round on Tuesday night, while Cork hammered Waterford United 7-0.  

Funeral for murder victim Michael McGibbon

The funeral for Michael McGibbon, 33, who was shot dead in Ardoyne, north Belfast, last Friday is under way at Holy Cross Church close to where he lived on the Crumlin Road.

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Pacemaker

Police said his killing bore all the hallmarks of a paramilitary murder.