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March 13, 2020

Covid-19: Attempts being made to increase cancer surgeries in NI

Urgent cancer surgeries have been cancelled in some health trusts due to Covid-19 pressures.

Transfer test: No academic criteria for most grammar schools' selection

After the transfer test was cancelled, schools have drawn up new criteria for choosing pupils.

Essex lorry deaths: Men jailed for killing 39 migrants in trailer

Thirty-nine Vietnamese migrants suffocated in a sealed container en route to Essex in October 2019.

Covid-19: 'Unrealistic' to expect NI lockdown to end on 5 March

Health Minister Robin Swann warns restrictions are likely to continue after latest extension.

Covid-19: BTecs and vocational tests cancelled in NI

The move by Economy Minister Diane Dodds affects tens of thousands of students in NI.

Brexit: Amazon to ask for GB to NI customs declarations

Marketplace sellers have been told by Amazon they will need customs declarations for goods from GB to NI.

Covid-19: NI Covid death toll passes 2,000, says Nisra

The statistics agency says 153 deaths were registered last week, bringing its pandemic total to 2,129.

‘I’ve been involved with 250 Covid funerals’

A funeral director with more than six decades of experience says he has "never witnessed anything like this”.

Brexit: Horticulture "incredibly frustrated" by Irish Sea border

Some common plant species, like honeysuckle and oak, are now banned from being moved from GB to NI.

Ballymoney: Man dies in car crash on Ballybogey Road

The blue Peugeot in which he was travelling crashed on Ballybogey Road on Friday morning.

Covid-19: What might a 'tighter' NI lockdown look like?

With Stormont ministers extending the current lockdown, could other measures could be on the table?

Covid: Prioritise teachers for vaccine, says Peter Weir

Teaching staff at special schools should be "very high up in the queue", says the education minister.

Covid-19: Downpatrick police station reopens after deep clean

The station was closed to the public on Tuesday after 10 officers tested positive for coronavirus.

Covid-19 restrictions: Your questions answered

BBC News NI's Jayne McCormack answers readers' questions about how the new restrictions will affect you.

Covid-19: NI lockdown to be extended until 5 March

The curbs may even continue until Easter in an attempt to drive down Covid-19 case numbers.

Covid-19: Military to assist NI medical staff

The health minister asks the Ministry of Defence to help out, primarily at a number of hospitals.

What is Northern Ireland's vaccine plan?

Elderly and more vulnerable people who are most at risk from the disease are being given priority.

Tynan murders: NI Speaker and son remembered 40 years on

Sir Norman Stronge and his son James were killed by the IRA in Tynan Abbey in 1981.

Irish violinist plays for Joe Biden and family

Patricia Treacy will perform for the Biden family at a church service before the inauguration.

Brexit: The DUP's bruising battle for control

How the relationship between the Democratic Unionist Party and Conservatives has changed.

Latest Northern Ireland weather forecast

The weather forecast in Northern Ireland.

NI 100: How the threat of Home Rule led to a divide in unionism in Ireland

This week's podcast looks at how the fear of Home Rule led to a split in unionism.

Fresh calls for NI mother and baby homes inquiry

Amnesty International says the issue of forced adoptions also needs close scrutiny.

Tuam: 'I need to know what happened to my brothers'

Anna Corrigan's family story was central to bringing the Tuam babies scandal to worldwide attention.

Coronavirus lockdown: 'I couldn't feed my kids, I couldn't put heating on'

Families in a County Antrim estate highlight the challenges they have faced since the start of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: ‘It makes or breaks you’

It takes many different people to run a hospital and BBC News NI speaks to some of the support staff.

Edwin Poots 'emotional' after cancer diagnosis

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots admits he was "emotional" in hospital, after a cancer diagnosis.

Coronavirus: 'We're administering vaccines seven days a week'

Health workers can book an appointment at seven vaccination centres in operation across NI.

Paddy McElhone: Farmer shooting by Army unjustified, inquest rules

Paddy McElhone, 24, was shot in the back by a soldier near his home outside Pomeroy in August 1974.

Coronavirus: Western Trust postpones urgent cancer surgeries

The decision to postpone red-flag operations will be "closely monitored and reviewed regularly".

Kathleen Thompson: Ex-soldier seeks access to inquest evidence

The ex-soldier is potentially implicated in the killing of Kathleen Thompson in 1971.

AQE says bishop's statement 'highly defamatory'

AQE has called a statement about them made by the Bishop of Derry "highly defamatory".

Donegal: Peat landslide had 'significant' impact on Tyrone river

The extent of the damage at a County Tyrone river won't be known until later this year, MLAs hear.

Biden inauguration: Irish cousins celebrate with champagne and cake

Joe Biden's heritage can be traced back to County Mayo and County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

Covid-19: St Patrick's Day Dublin parade cancelled for second year

Organisers say the festival week will instead be marked by virtual events for the second year in row.

Starbucks customer compensated over 'slanty' eyes drawing on cup

A Dublin branch of the chain is to pay €12,000 to Suchavadee Foley after an employee drew on her cup.

Covid-19: Apology after Dublin hospital gives staff relatives leftover vaccines

The Dublin hospital "deeply regrets" it but they would have been "discarded" had they not been used.