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  1. Updates for Friday 2 September 2016
  2. Irish government to appeal Apple back taxes ruling
  3. Police launch campaign to highlight hate crimes against people with disabilities
  4. Picture: Elephant Rock, Ballintoy, County Antrim (by Andrew Spence)

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By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

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That's all from BBC News NI Live for today. Have a great weekend and join us back here from 7am on Monday. Until then, stay up to date with local news on Twitter.

May God forgive you!

We're in for messy weather this weekend

Belfast singer Brian Kennedy 'battling cancer'

Woman hurt in cattle attack now 'stable'

A woman who was critically injured in an attack by cattle on a County Fermanagh island last weekend is now in a stable condition in hospital in Belfast.

Cattle at Lough Erne

She is believed to have been walking her dog on Devenish Island on Lower Lough Erne when the incident happened last weekend. It is though she was trying to save her dog, which was killed in the attack. 

WW1's Irish soldiers remembered at Guillemont

NI's top judge opens a twitter account

Chocs away - how Donegal bog gave up WW2 secret

East Belfast flat fire treated as arson attack

Line reopens but 70min delay for NI trains

Man admits charges over explosives find

A 45-year old man has admitted a series of terrorist-related offences linked to a major explosives and ammunition find at farm buildings near Kinawley in County Fermanagh in 2014.

Fermanagh arms find

Barry Francis Joseph Petticrew, originally from Swanlinbar in County Cavan but whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, had faced five charges over the find, but today pleaded guilty to three of them.   

Man with walking stick gives robber a black eye

Police have praised a "brave passerby" who prevented a tourist from being robbed in Belfast city centre. 

Man holding walking stick

The man used his walking stick to fend off the robber in High Street yesterday, giving him a black eye in the process. The suspect, who was partly identified by his black eye, was later arrested and charged. 

Minister goes to hen party...

Policewoman 'saw man planting bomb under husband's car'

A policewoman witnessed a man attempting to murder her police officer husband by planting explosives under his car, the High Court has heard.

There was a major security alert after the attempted car bombing in Eglinton

The attempted bomb attack took place outside the couple's home in Eglinton, County Londonderry, last year. The details were revealed as the accused, Sean McVeigh, from Victoria Street in Lurgan, was refused bail.

The Friday exodus starts early

Train fault disrupts service on Belfast to Lisburn line

Wet on Saturday, washing on Sunday

Fire at derelict flat in east Belfast

Royal Marine enters dock in courtroom

Pomeranians seized in puppy patrol

Gardaí say they discovered five Pomeranian puppies in a cage when they stopped a van bound for England at Dublin port this morning.

Pomeranian puppies
An Garda Síochána

The pups were handed over to an animal welfare charity because no valid documentation was produced. It is the third time in recent weeks that pups have been seized by officers at the port. 

Pups in a cage
An Garda Síochána

More details of Royal Marine terror charge

MLA concerned over theft of legally-held guns

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said there seems to be a growing trend of thefts of legally-held guns, with several incidents in east Antrim in recent weeks.

Oliver McMullan

"We need to know how many guns have been stolen and whether any have subsequently been used in crimes or been recovered," he said. 

Crumlin crash victim was Michael Cusick from Belfast

The man who died in a car crash in Crumlin, County Antrim, last night was 23-year-old Michael Cusick from Belfast. 

Crumlin crash

He was in a black Mini that crashed on the Randox Road just before 11pm.  Crumlin Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Logue said Mr Cusick was "very popular and his death will be felt throughout this community."

Roads reopen after fatal crash

Terrorism searches continuing in Larne and Devon

Police searches connected to the arrest of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell are continuing in Larne, County Antrim, and in Devon. 

The scene of one of the searches in Larne
Press Eye

A police statement said searches at New Powderham Plantation, Devon will continue into next week.  It added searches of property in Exminster have finished.

BreakingMarine accused of creating 'library of documents' for terrorism

The terror charge against Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell states he is accused of carrying out research resulting in "the creation of a library of documents" likely to be of use to terrorists.  

Westminster Magistrates Court

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1 January 2011 and the day of his arrest in Somerset, 24 August 2016. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.

BreakingMarine charged over obtaining PSNI pass card

The terror charge against Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell includes obtaining articles for use in terrorism, specifically chemicals and components to make bombs, and obtaining an "image of an adapted PSNI pass card".

PSNI crest

He is also accused of obtaining PSNI uniform items in preparation for terrorism.

BreakingRoyal Marine accused of storing bombs in barrels

BreakingRoyal marine due in court on terror charge

Police have charged a serving Royal Marine from Northern Ireland with a number of terrorism offences, including manufacturing and constructing explosive devices. 

Ciarán Maxwell

Ciarán Maxwell, from Larne, County Antrim, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Apple move leaves sour taste for some

The Irish cabinet's decision to appeal the European Commission's ruling that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13bn (£11bn) to Apple will prove controversial with many people.

Apple protest

These protesters say more than 10.000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to claim back the tax money.

Man jailed for knife and potato attacks

A Newtownabbey man who injured a teenager, the teenager's father and his grandfather - using a bag of potatoes in one of the assaults - has been given a five-year sentence.

Court crest

The youngest victim of Gareth McAllister, 19, from Rogan Manor, was slashed in the head with a knife. McAllister will serve half the sentence in prison and half on licence. 

Mixed weather picture for the weekend

Birthday girl, 104, reveals the secret to long life

Arrest during Shankill drugs searches

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs after police carried out searches in the Shankill, north Belfast, this morning. 


The man was taken to Musgrave police station

The search operation involved a large number of police vehicles. The man is being questioned at Musgrave police station.

Republic defenders winning fitness races

Republic of Ireland defenders Seamus Coleman and John O'Shea appear to be winning their fitness races for Monday's World Cup qualifier in Serbia. 

Seamus Coleman

Both trained with the squad at Abbotstown on Friday morning, hoping to be cleared to play in the Group D opener on Belgrade.  

UUP delegation in NATO visit

A UUP delegation has visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels for a series of briefings and discussions.    

UUP NATO visit

"The briefings we received gave an overview of the evolving security environment and NATO's response to various challenges," one of the delegation, Tom Elliott, said.

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