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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 5 August 2016
  2. Man arrested over Donaldson murder
  3. Irish Olympic boxer fails drug test
  4. Over £1m announced for peace projects
  5. Picture: Surfing off Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry (by Albert Boyle)

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That's all from BBC News NI Live on a very busy Friday.We'll be back on Monday from 07:00 with more updates on news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great weekend.

Crash victim was 65-year-old woman

The woman killed in a two-vehicle crash on the A1 near Hillsborough this morning was aged 65.

Hillsborough crash
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The collision between a bus and a car happened shortly after 08:00. Police have appealed for witnesses. 

Weather: Windy weekend ahead, but it'll stay warm

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Ulster Bank to pass on rates cut

60% rise in Irish passport applications

The number of people in Northern Ireland applying for Irish passports rose by more than 60% last month, compared to the same period last year. 

Irish passports
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In the first full month since the UK's vote to leave the European Union, there were 6,638 applications for Irish passports from people living in NI. That is 2,568 more than July last year.  

Dissidents 'want to drag NI backwards'

Secretary of State James Brokenshire says those responsible for hiding explosives and guns seized by police outside Lurgan want to drag Northern Ireland backwards.

Lurgan weapons
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"They will not succeed. This is a reminder of the continuing need for vigilance and to report any information - no matter how small - to the PSNI," he said.

A1 reopens following fatal crash

Hate crime under reported, says chief constable

Player leaves Glentoran after six years

Kingsmills families deserve justice, says MLA

Speaking after the arrest of a 59-year-old man over the Kingsmills massacre, DUP MLA William Irwin said the victims' families deserve justice.

Kingsmills victims
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"It is vital that whilst the possibility of justice remains that all efforts should be expended to identify all those involved," he said.

From Derry's Walls to Great Wall of China

Weapons find 'significant blow to dissidents'

Ulster Unionist Upper Bann MLA Doug Beattie says the discovery of weapons outside Lurgan was a "significant blow" to dissident republicans.

Dissident weapons
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The DUP's Carla Lockhart said lives had been saved by the police operation. Sinn Féin's Catherine Seeley said there was "no space for armed actions in our society".

A1 reopens southbound, remains closed northbound

Energy costs for businesses remain high, fall for households

Call for calm after arson attack

Settled weather on the way

Taxi law review could put Uber future in doubt

A review of taxi legislation in Northern Ireland could raise doubts about the future of the Uber operation in Belfast.

Uber
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A recently enacted law means that taxis need a certified meter and receipt printer but Uber will not install these as it uses its own metering technology. 

Arms find 'great result' for police

Policing Board chair Anne Connolly has welcomed the firearms and munitions find in Lurgan.

Dissident arms find
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"It's a great result for the PSNI to find these firearms/munitions and take them away from those who would have used them to cause harm in our community," she said. 

Kingsmills arrest 'potentially positive development'

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has said the arrest of a 59-year-old man over the Kingsmills massacre is a "potentially positive development".

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"It is my sincere hope that the police now have a realistic prospect of mounting a successful prosecution of some of those responsible," he said.  

Railway line reopens after security operation

The railway line at Lurgan which was closed due to a security operation has now reopened.

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Belfast archer finishes 38th out of 64 in Rio

Belfast's Patrick Huston has finished 38th out of the 64 archers in the Men's individual archery ranking round.

Patrick Huston
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The event was a pre-elimination round to determine his seeding in the competition in Rio. He will go into the first round on Monday.   

Weapons in 'advanced state of readiness'

Police have said the dissident republican weapons found in a wooded area outside Lurgan were in "an advanced state of readiness" and some were ready to use.

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They included pipe bombs, firearms and improvised mortars. Some items have been removed while others remain at the scene and further hides have been identified.

Weapons find 'significant and key'

Det Supt Karen Baxter said the discovery of dissident republican weapons in a wooded area on the outskirts of Lurgan was a "significant and key" find that had saved lives.

Ch Supt Karen Baxter
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The find included a "fully constructed" bomb.

Firearms and munitions amongst arms haul

Firearms, munitions and bomb components, believed to belong to dissident republicans, have been discovered during an ongoing two-day search operation on the outskirts of Lurgan.  

Arms find
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The railway line at Lurgan has been closed.

BreakingSignificant arms find discovered in Lurgan

Police have uncovered what's believed to be a significant dissident republican arms hide on the outskirts of Lurgan. 

PSNI
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The find was made during an ongoing two day search operation.   

Derry Journal: New social housing site vandalised

On your Mark: Irish Olympic team star-spotting in Rio

Minister annouces taxi legislation review

A full review of Northern Ireland's taxi legislation has been announced by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.

Chirs Hazzard
BBC

A taxi advisory group will be set up and the review will take into account the views of operators, drivers and members of the public. It will examine licensing classifications and metering.

Kingsmills suspect was arrested in Newry

Police say the 59-year-old man arrested over the Kingsmills massacre was detained in Newry today.

Kingsmills victims
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Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead and another injured in the IRA atrocity.

Man arrested over Kingsmills massacre

Heavily pregnant woman denies theft charges

A woman due to give birth at the weekend has pleaded not guilty at Londonderry Magistrates Court to stealing an Xbox TV and Xbox games a Strand Foyer flat.

Londonderry Magistrates Court, file pic
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Elizabeth McMenamin, 23, from Glenowen Park, denies committing the offence on 10 May.  

Ex-Rangers player wants glory for Glentoran

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo says he wants to help Glentoran challenge for honours in the Irish League this season.

Nacho Novo
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The 37-year-old's move to the east Belfast club was the most eye-catching signing in the Irish Premiership during the summer break.

Peerage for NIO special advisor

Jonathan Caine, who has been working as a special advisor to Secretary of State James Brokenshire, has been made a peer by the former Prime Minister David Cameron. 

Mr Caine previously worked as an advisor to Theresa Villiers, Owen Paterson and the late Patrick Mayhew.    

NI brothers represent different nations in Olympics

Car parts firm creates 23 jobs in Portadown

Clear skies across (most of) Northern Ireland

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Flowers left at scene of fatal crash in Newtownards

A floral tribute has been left a the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Newtownards, County Down.

Flowers at scene of motorcycle crash, Comber Road, Newtonards, 5 August 2016
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A man in his 50s died when his bike crashed on a roundabout on the Comber Road last night.

Football: Dundalk face Polish champions in bid for history

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League of Ireland champions Dundalk will have to beat Legia Warsaw in order to become the first Irish side to make the Champions League group stages after the draw was made this morning.

David McMillen of Dundalk
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Dundalk face an extremely tough task but will make history if they beat the Polish champions.