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  1. Updates for Monday 18 July 2016
  2. A man dies after an accident at the Terex plant in Omagh
  3. A Book of Condolence for the victims of the Nice attack will open later in Belfast
  4. New secretary of state James Brokenshire will visit Northern Ireland for the first time in his new role
  5. Picture: Silent Valley, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)

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Arrest in connection with serious sexual assault

A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault on a 16-year-old boy.


Risk of flooding tomorrow

New secretary of state meets with PSNI

Secretary of state says 'we need to move on' from EU referendum

New Secretary of State James Brokenshire says it is hard to see NI staying in EU

WWI exhibition at Belfast City Hall reflects on the Somme

Many people from Northern Ireland have travelled abroad to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Somme this summer, but a new photographic exhibition in the grounds of Belfast City Hall allows them to reflect on the experiences of relatives from a vantage point closer to home.

Somme memorial

Traffic updates: Delays in and around Belfast

Delays on Saintfield Road

Crusaders learning from Copenhagen tie

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter says his Irish Premiership title holders will learn from their Champions League match against FC Copenhagen.

Crusaders player
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The Crues travelled to Denmark trailing 3-0 from the first leg in Belfast.

Traffic update: Delays on Saintfield Road

Will Griggs - still on fire

Newtownabbey man 'sickened' by tour operator collapse

A Newtownabbey man has said he was "sickened" to discover he had lost more than £700 and had to pay up twice to save his summer holiday.

Stuart Briers
Stuart Briers

It followed the collapse of holiday booking company Lowcost Travelgroup. Stuart Briers from Rathcoole found out on Friday that the company had gone into liquidation.

Book of condolences for Nice victims opens in Londonderry

Crash at Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

The first lady of impressions has a go at our first minister

Recovery vehicles arrive to clear crash at M1 onslip

Making friends wherever he goes

Two bodyboarders rescued off Portrush

Two men have been rescued after getting into difficulty on bodyboards in the sea at Portrush.


They became trapped at the mouth of a cave at Whiterocks beach on Sunday. Three RNLI lifeguards brought them to safety before treating them on the beach.

Traffic lights out in Ballymoney

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Priest says parents devastated by loss of two-year-old son

The parents of Ronan McGavigan, 2, who was killed when he was struck by a car on the Lone Moor Road on Sunday, said he was a little boy "full of goodness and full of joy".

Londonderry: Priest says parents are 'devastated' at death of two-year-old son

'Hard to see how NI can stay in EU'

The new Northern Ireland secretary says it's difficult to see how the region can remain in the EU.

James Brokenshire
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James Brokenshire, who campaigned to remain in the EU, adds that people need to unite and respect the outcome of last month's referendum.

Sun's out, fans out

Pensioner's 'shock' after gun attack on home

Seventy-year-old Vera Smyth says people who fired shots at her house last night are "scumbags" and "cowards".

She escaped injury in the attack, along with her son and his girlfriend.

Book of condolence in Derry for Nice victims

Adams 'glad' of support on border poll

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says he is "glad" to have Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s support for holding a referendum on removing the Irish border.

Gerry Adams
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"It is incumbent on all of us who aspire to a united Ireland to become persuaders for a referendum, and I hope he will join with Sinn Féin and others in that endeavour," Mr Adams says.

Embers still glowing for NI striker Grigg

BBC Sport NI

We all know the song by now, but it seems Will Grigg's still blazing away, with the Northern Ireland striker receiving as many votes as France midfielder Paul Pogba in Uefa's search for Europe's best player.

Will Grigg

Journalists voted for their five best-ranked players of last season, with Grigg coming 25th, while Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi made the 10-man shortlist.

While the sun shines...

BBC Weather

What a day it's turning out to be, perfect for harvesting this year's winter barley. Wilfred Swain sent us this shot from Watson's farm in Dundrum, with the mountains of Mourne in the background.

A combine harvester cuts barley near the Mourne mountains
Wilfred Swain

Make sure you check out our weather forecast to see how long the sun's going to stay with us!

Police inquiry over 'sex attack on teen'

Police are investigating the report of a sexual assault on a 16-year-old boy in west Belfast in the early hours of Saturday.

Falls Park

Sinn Féin councillor Janice Austin said the "very vicious attack" in Turf Lodge was the "lowest of the low".

Hope for holidaymakers as tour operator collapses

Credit card cover and travel insurance may be the only ways to recoup losses brought about by the collapse of holiday booking company Lowcost Travelgroup.


It went into liquidation on Friday, leaving 27,000 holiday makers in resorts and 110,000 more with bookings.

Clothing maker says profits up 14%

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

The Fivemiletown-based clothing manufacturer Cooneen Group increased its pre-tax profit by 14% to £8.3m in 2015.

The Cooneen Group factory

The company, which produces branded children's nightwear and military body armour, also grew its turnover by almost a third from £59m to £78m.

Pothole payouts pass £1m

More than £1m has been paid in compensation to drivers whose cars have been damaged by road defects in the past five years, the Irish News reports.

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Last month a detailed survey revealed there are more than 100,000 potholes across Northern Ireland, the paper adds.

Westlink: Broken down car cleared

Donegal beat Derry in minor final

BBC Sport NI

Donegal lifted the GAA Ulster Minor Football Championship by beating Derry 2-10 to 1-11 at Clones yesterday.

Donegal players celebrate with the minor championship trophy
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JD Boyle and Nathan Boylan scored the goals for Donegal, who last won the minor title in 2014.

Broken down car blocking one lane on Westlink

Book of condolence opens at Belfast City Hall

A book of condolence for the victims of the Nice attacks has opened at Belfast City Hall.

Book of condolences
Press Eye

Eighty-four people died when an attacker ploughed a lorry into people celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday.  

Bail refused for bomb accused

A Belfast man has been refused bail after parts of abomb were found during searches at the New Lodge in the north of the city on Thursday.

Laganside Court in Belfast

Michael Thomas Lagan, 28, of Cu Chulainn House, is charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life. Police told Belfast Magistrates' Court there was risk of flight and reoffending if he was released on bail.

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Northern Ireland's new Secretary of State is at City Hall

Maskey condemns west Belfast shooting

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has condemned a gun attack on a house in Norglen Parade in west Belfast.


Mr Maskey said the attack was wrong and a "frightening experience" for those involved. "These type of attacks need to end immediately", he said.