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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 17 August 2016
  2. Sisters settle KFC harassment claims
  3. Armed police arrest man in Coleraine
  4. Picture: Lagan Towpath, Belfast (by Morris Duncan)

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Herring and Trimble to share Ulster captaincy

Rob Herring and Andrew Trimble will share the Ulster captaincy for the upcoming season after Ireland skipper Rory Best stepped down from the role.  

Rob Herring and Andrew Trimble
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Hooker Herring deputised for Best on numerous occasions last season, while Trimble is Ulster's most capped player.  

Hickey stands down 'temporarily' from Olympic governance roles

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has said Patrick Hickey has decided to "step aside temporarily as President of the OCI and all other Olympic functions".

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It follows Mr Hickey's arrest in Rio over alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales. Mr Hickey is also the head of the European Olympic Committee.

In an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE last week, Mr Hickey denied any wrongdoing in relation to ticket sales.

£20m investment to go ahead at Dale Farm

Conor Macauley

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Twenty million pounds of investment in one of Northern Ireland's biggest agri-food companies is set to go ahead regardless of the outcome of negotiations over Brexit.  

Economy minister Simon Hamilton (right) at opening of Dale Farm cheese packing line
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Dale Farm head David Dobbin was speaking as the processing firm unveiled a new £2.5m cheese packing line at its County Tyrone plant.  

Fallen tree on road near Dunmurry

Aiba vows to 'sharpen the blade' with officials

A representative from the International Boxing Association (Aiba) has said it has "to sharpen the blade with our officials, with more training, more evaluation".

Boxing
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Aiba official Tom Virgets made the comments after the organisation dropped a number of officials following a review of their decisions at the Olympics.  

Farmer is 'devastated' at sheep theft

Hickey 'entitled to presumption of innocence'

Mark Adams of the International Olympic Committee has said Irishman Pat Hickey is entitled for "everyone to believe he is innocent until proven guilty".

Pat Hickey card
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Mr Hickey, 71, the head of the European Olympic Committee, has been arrested in Rio over alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales.

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Man charged with weapon offences after Coleraine incident

A 43-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences including possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Police at the scene of the incident in the Mountsandel area of Coleraine
Mark Jamieson

It follows the arrest of a man in the wake of an incident at a house in the Mountsandel area of Coleraine, County Londonderry, yesterday. The 43-year-old is expected to appear at court in Ballymena tomorrow.

Metro bus stops in Belfast's Great Victoria Street suspended

British lawyers call for Halawa release

A group of British lawyers, the Bar Human Rights Committee, have called for the release of an Irishman who has been held in an Egyptian prison for three years without trial.  

Ibrahim Halawa
Halawa family

Ibrahim Halawa, the son of the most senior Muslim cleric in the Republic of Ireland, was arrested during a siege on the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo in 2013.  

Irish sports minister's 'shell shock'

Irish Sports minister Shane Ross has tweeted in the aftermath of the arrest of Patrick Hickey, the head of Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), over alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales.

Mr Ross is in Rio and recently met Mr Hickey.  

McAuley understands Conlan's frustration

Former world flyweight boxing champion Dave Boy McAuley has said Michael Conlan was "caught up in the moment" when he said he had "been cheated"  after his quarter-final defeat at the Olympics.

Michael Conlan
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McAuley told BBC Talkback he believed Conlan had won the fight against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin but that the boxer had used the "wrong choice of words" in his post-fight interview.

Council backs Alliance motion on dangerous dogs

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has supported an Alliance motion for laws surrounding dangerous dogs in Northern Ireland to be reviewed. Cllr Patrick Brown brought the motion in the wake of the case of a dog seized by Belfast City Council last month for "looking like a pit bull"

Hank: a pitbull-like dog
Joanne Meadows

It called for the council to put on record its opposition to breed specific legislation, which currently compels dog wardens to seize and destroy pitbulls or animals with pitbull-like features. 

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Patrick Hickey in hospital following arrest

Patrick Hickey is receiving treatment in hospital following his arrest.

Hickey
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Mr Hickey, 71, is suspected of illegally passing on tickets for the Games to be sold on at extortionate prices, Brazilian media report.  

Conlan 'hijacked' in Rio, says Irish gold winner

Talkback

BBC News NI

Michael Conlan was "absolutely hijacked" in his controversial bantamweight quarter-final defeat at Rio 2016 yesterday, according to Irish Olympic boxing gold medalist Michael Carruth.

Michael Conlan shows his disgust after his Russian opponent Vladimir Nikitin is announced as athe winner of their fight at the Rio Olympics
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"The prize is so high and people don't realise the work that goes into being an Olympian," Carruth told BBC Talkback.

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'Developing situation' in Rio

RTÉ: Pat Hickey's documents presented by police following arrest

RTÉ's Philip Bromwell is at the Rio police news conference following Pat Hickey's arrest

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RTÉ: Media setting up for Hickey press conference

Ronnie O'Sullivan will compete in Irish Open

Ronnie O'Sullivan has confirmed he will play in the inaugural Irish Open at Titanic Belfast in November.

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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O'Sullivan, 40, was the last winner of the Northern Ireland Trophy, the last world ranking tournament to be hosted by World Snooker in Belfast, in 2008.

Questions over use of legal aid for Brexit challenge

The chair of the Stormont justice committee, Paul Frew, says he does not believe victims' campaigner Raymond McCord's legal challenge to Brexit is "an appropriate spend of legal aid".

Paul Frew
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The DUP MLA was speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme.

A6 work will 'strengthen links'

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard says that work beginning on 14.7-km stretch of the A6 this autumn will strengthen the links between Belfast and Londonderry.

Chris Hazzard
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Rain is on its way

Broken down vehicle removed from Westlink

Chris Baird retires from international football

Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird has confirmed that he's to retire from international football to concentrate on his club career at Derby County.

Chris Baird
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Baird made 79 appearances for Northern Ireland.

Guns and cash seized in Larne burglary

Three masked men have stolen a shotgun, air rifle, ammunition and cash during a burglary at a house in Larne, County Antrim.

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The men made off in a silver Seat Leon car registration number NHZ 8403 following the burglary yesterday afternoon. It was later found burnt out in the Ballyboley Road area.

Broken down vehicle on the Westlink

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Irish IOC chief Hickey 'arrested in Rio'

Irish and European IOC chief Patrick Hickey has been arrested in Rio over illegal Olympic ticket sales, Brazil media report.

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