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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. New NI power-sharing executive to meet
  3. Ban on legal highs comes into force
  4. Airlines cancel flights due to strike
  5. Picture: Sunrise at Shrove Lighthouse, Inishowen, County Donegal (by James Gardiner)

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By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

At least it was good weather for ducks today, as this photo from David Brownlow at Peatlands Park in Dungannon shows.

A duck swimming at Peatlands Park
David Brownlow

That's all from us here on BBC News NI Live for today. We'll back back tomorrow from 07:00 so join us then.

Sunshine or showers?

BBC Weather

It'll warm up over the coming days, but will it stay dry?

Barra Best
BBC

Barra Best has a round-up of the bank holiday weather on BBC Newsline now or you can find a forecast online.

Electrical fire leads to evacuations

Two premises have been evacuated at Castle Place in Belfast city centre after an underground electrical fire.

A fire engine
BBC

Twenty-four firefighters are on site and are working with Northern Ireland Electricity engineers to deal with the blaze.

Back to the '80s

Seventy DeLoreans made famous by the Back To The Future movies cruised through Belfast this afternoon.

DeLorean cars drive along a tree-lined street
Pacemaker

The striking stainless steel cars were built in Dunmurry in west Belfast at the start of the 1980s, and owners are expected to arrive in the city for the DeLorean Eurofest this weekend.

City street closed due to fire

Hoey's hope over PGA cut

BBC Sport NI

Belfast golfer Michael Hoey is hoping to end a run of 10 missed cuts on Friday after a two-under-par 70 left him five off the clubhouse pace at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Michael Hoey
Getty Images

Graeme McDowell was three under after 13 with Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke four over after 11.

Ambassador lays smackdown on ceremony protester

The Canadian ambassador to Ireland has tackled a protester who tried to disrupt a Dublin ceremony to honour British soldiers killed during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers pulls a protester away from a commemoration in Dublin
PA

In his previous role as the sergeant-at-arms in the Canadian parliament, Kevin Vickers shot dead a gunman who rampaged through the building in 2014.

NIPSA Electoral Office workers to strike

Electoral Office workers who are members of the trade union NIPSA are to strike on Friday 3 June and Tuesday 7 June in protest at plans to close six regional offices.

Polling station
Adrian Dennis

NIPSA believes the closures "will adversely impact on local jobs as well as electoral services delivered to rural communities".

M22 traffic back on track

Ballyclare May Fair meets opposition

Taylor misses out on sixth world final

BBC Sport NI

Irish boxer Katie Taylor suffered a shock defeat in the World Championship lightweight semi-final on a split decision in Kazakhstan.

Katie Taylor
Inpho

The London 2012 gold medallist was bidding to win a sixth consecutive world final, but lost to number four seed Estelle Mossely of France.

Justice minister meets police chief

Northern Ireland's new justice minister has had her first meeting with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris.

Justice Minister Claire Sugden and the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton
Michael Cooper

Claire Sugden says the meeting was "the first in a series I will be having with key partners across the criminal justice sector".

Traffic tailbacks after M22 collision

BBC NI Travel

Coming up on Evening Extra

Evening Extra

BBC News NI

Tonight's programme will look at what the new health, education and agriculture ministers will have waiting for them in their inboxes.

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers wrestles with a protester
PA

And after the Canadian ambassador to Ireland wrestled with a protester at an 1916 commemoration in Dublin, UUP MP Danny Kinahan, who attended the event, will tell us what he saw.

You can listen live to the programme now.

Man charged over 'heroin find'

A 38-year-old man has been charged with class A drugs offences after suspected heroin worth about £12,000 was seized in east Belfast yesterday morning.

PSNI crest
BBC

A 23-year-old man arrested with him at the Holywood Road has been released on police bail.

Road closed after roundabout crash

BBC NI Travel

Ship-shape on board HMS Caroline

BBC Newsline

The World War One warship HMS Caroline is set to open as a museum next week after a much-needed major restoration.

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The ship, which fought at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, is moored at Belfast's docks and tonight BBC Newsline will have a sneak peek of what visitors can expect when they climb aboard. 

Funeral for NI's 'hairdressing colossus'

Belfast Telegraph

A funeral has taken place in Bangor for the renowned hairdresser David Aumonier, who died aged 58 earlier this week, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

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Clients were dedicated to David, the newspaper adds, with one woman flying from Dubai every eight weeks for a hair appointment with him.

Man admits death crash charges

A 23-year old man has admitted causing the death of his teenage friend John Paul McShane in a car crash on the outskirts of west Belfast in 2014.

Laganside Courts in Belfast
BBC

Ciaran Paul Ferris-Farrelly, from Lagmore View in Dunmurry, admitted four charges linked to the crash and is due to be sentenced at Belfast Crown Court next month.

McGeeney calls for Armagh 'cutting edge'

BBC Sport NI

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney says his players need to be more efficient up front to beat Cavan in Sunday's Ulster Senior Football Championship match.

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney
Inpho

"That's the dilemma we have this year," he says. "We create a lot of scoring chances, we just don't put them away."

Sinn Féin: Nama inquiry must continue

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay says Stormont's new finance committee must continue with an inquiry into the £1.2bn sale of Nama's Northern Ireland loan book to US investment firm Cerberus.

Nama logo
BBC

The committee's former chair says it's important to "hear from the remaining key witnesses that have yet to come before the inquiry". The DUP's Emma Pengelly was appointed as the committee's new chair yesterday.

Women sentenced over counterfeit clothing

A Newtownabbey woman has been given a 30-month prison sentence suspended for three years today after she was caught with cocaine and counterfeit goods.

Laganside Courts in Belfast
BBC

Police found clothing bearing brand names, which proved to be counterfeit, as well as bags of cocaine in the house of 55-year-old Donna Clarke, from the Antrim Road, during a search in 2012.

French strike could affect Belfast flights

GAWA urged to register for EU vote

Five-vehicle crash affects Belfast traffic

BBC NI Travel

'Unexplained death' in Fermanagh

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of a 32-year-old man who was found dead in a house in Lisbellaw. Police were called to the house at Cloghcor Crescent shortly before 06.30.

Scene of the death
BBC

A 33-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of supply of Class A drugs. Police are treating the death as unexplained.

EU referendum: Leave vote could lead to strengthened border checks

Identity checks at borders between the island of Ireland and Great Britain could be strengthened after a UK exit from the EU, some MPs have said.

epassport
Getty Images

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said screening by some airlines flying between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK may be made more robust.

'New way of doing politics', says Foster

"A completely new way of doing politics in Northern Ireland," that's how the First Minister, Arlene Foster, has described the draft framework for the Programme for Government.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
BBC

 "We hope it's a time for more thoughtful politics in Northern Ireland," she added.

Jim Shannon pledges to re-pay 'full amount'

DUP MP Jim Shannon has said he accepts the report which states he should repay almost £14,000 in expenses and said he will make the suggested repayment in full.

Westminster
BBC

He said: "The work MPs do in serving their constituents is publicly funded, and there must be no question of any abuse or dishonesty in terms of how those funds are used."

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Jim Shannon ordered to re-pay £13,925 in travel expenses

DUP MP Jim Shannon has been ordered to pay back almost £14,000 in expenses.

Jim Shannon
BBC

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority says a number of errors were made by Mr Shannon leading to claims for constituency office mileage that would not be allowable under the scheme.

Arrests after 'suspicious activity' in Newtownabbey

Missing person found in Tandragee area

Missing Person found in the Tandragee area. Thanks to all that helped .

Coming up on Talkback - would you foster a child?

Anderson scores Ulster coaching role

BBC Sport NI

Former Ulster and Ireland captain Willie Anderson has been appointed as Ulster Rugby's elite player development officer.

Willie Anderson
Press Eye

He has extensive coaching experience with Leinster, London Irish and the Scotland and will operate as a forwards specialist for Ulster's academy and the Ulster A team.

Executive agrees draft programme for government

The new Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a draft framework for the programme for government after ministers met for the first time this morning.

The new Northern Ireland Executive ministers
BBC

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness denied that it amounted to "apple pie" as some critics have suggested, and said it was a more meaningful way to do government.

Listen again: Northern Ireland's hopes for Euros

Prison data breach 'not serious security threat'

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

A data breach involving the personal details of hundreds of Northern Ireland Prison Service employees has been described as "a major embarrassment".

Northern Ireland prison
BBC

A junior Department of Justice employee sent a spreadsheet with names and dates of birth of prison officers and civilian staff but the BBC understands it is not being treated as a major security breach.

Man arrested after body discovery

Police are investigating an unexplained death after discovering the body of a 32-year-old man in a house in Lisbellaw this morning.

Police car
BBC

A 33-year-old man was arrested at the house on suspicion of possession of suspected class A drugs with intent to supply.

Belfast Telegraph: Shop hits out at beer garden plans

Wetherspoons
Belfast Telegraph

A newsagent that has been in business for almost 50 years is objecting to plans by a pub chain to build a massive beer garden at its Belfast city centre premises, the Belfast Telegraph reports.