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21 December 2014 Last updated at 13:33 ET

Villiers' rallying call on NI talksTheresa Villiers

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.

tap pouring waterMinister issues NI Water warning

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy warns that planned industrial action by NI Water staff could cause "abject misery" for households.

The Northern Ireland Executive parties have been involved in 10 weeks of talks at the  Stormont estateParties seeking £2bn for Stormont

The five main parties at Stormont ask the government for £2bn in loans and extra funding over a 10-year period, the BBC understands.

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Mark Devenport Article written by Mark Devenport Mark Devenport Political editor, Northern Ireland

Future Northern Ireland Assembly changes outlined by governments

Stormont would put arrangements in place for an opposition as early as March 2015, according to the government paper circulated to the parties at Stormont House last week.

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