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March 13, 2020

Covid-19: Swann hopeful for 'beginning of the end' of pandemic

Rules on self-isolation and table service in Northern Ireland have been relaxed.

Prince Andrew: Bid to block Union flag flying on birthday

Three parties do not want the Union flag to fly at Belfast City Hall but the DUP opposes that idea.

Portadown: Police investigate shot fired at Loughgall Road home

A window was damaged in the incident in what police describe as a "reckless attack".

Coronavirus: Irish ministers to consider lifting restrictions

It is understood the National Public Health Emergency Team backs ending most restrictions.

Bird flu: NI avian flu surveillance zones to be lifted

The last two remaining avian influenza surveillance zones in NI will be lifted this weekend.

Children's social care services in NI set for review

There has been a sharp rise in the numbers of children in care since the start of the pandemic.

Covid-19: Six Covid-related deaths and 398 people in hospital

The total number of deaths linked to the virus reported by the Department of Health is 3,062.

Further education: 'Generous' exam grades part of NI numbers fall

A fall in further education college students are blamed in part on "more generous" grades.

Northern Ireland to Scotland bridge feasibility study cost £900K

The study found a fixed link between Britain and Northern Ireland was "impossible to justify".

Fionntán McGarvey: Murder inquiry over death of student

Belfast teen Fionntán McGarvey was assaulted before Christmas and has died after weeks in hospital.

Natasha Melendez: Man charged with murder of woman in Lisburn

Natasha Melendez from Venezuela was attacked almost two years ago and later died in hospital.

Education department to get £40m in Stormont funding boost

A large part of the money is for pandemic-related pressure including the cost of substitute teachers.

Covid-19: Coronavirus-linked deaths have risen, says Nisra

The virus was mentioned on the death certificates of 43 people, up to Friday 14 January.

Covid-19: High-risk patients getting new treatments

Some 350 NI patients received the drugs at home or at an outpatient service in the past month.

Covid-19: NI to scrap vaccine passports in pubs and restaurants

Stormont ministers agree to drop the use of vaccine passports in hospitality settings from Wednesday.

NI Covid-19 restrictions: What are the rules?

BBC News NI looks at where Northern Ireland stands in regards to Covid rules after Thursday's relaxations.

Covid-19: What are NI's testing and isolation rules?

The rules on Covid testing and the mandatory self-isolation period are changing in Northern Ireland.

Is big spending in Irish Premiership a good thing?

With the transfer of Lee Bonis to Larne for a reported six-figure fee thrusting increased spending into the spotlight, BBC Sport NI gets the views of six Irish Premiership managers on the issue.

Latest Northern Ireland weather forecast

The weather forecast in Northern Ireland.

Apology for theft from shop, 30 years later

Jim Barr receives an anonymous apology for a theft from his shop 30 years ago.

Ashling Murphy: Pressure grows for change after killing

The Irish government is to publish a new strategy to combat violence against women.

WhatsApp scam: More than £65,000 lost over fake 'family member' messages

Fraudsters have been contacting people pretending to be family and asking them to send money.

Covid-19: NI coming to end of this wave, says Swann

Northern Ireland is "hopefully" coming to the end of this wave of coronavirus, says Robin Swann.

North West 200: Is record winner Alastair Seeley the world's fastest postman?

North West 200 record holder Alastair Seeley tells BBC Sport about finding a ride for the returning road race, taking a job as a postman to "pay the bills" and competing against riders who have a "silver spoon".

Inflation: Traders and shoppers notice squeeze on prices

BBC News NI has been to Bangor Market where traders and customers are worried about rising costs.

Phishing scam victims lose £65,000

PSNI Supt Pollock said one individual lost £15,000, while 110 reports had been made to police since September.

Londonderry: Stormont approves £15m funding for Ebrington hotel

Work on a 152-bed hotel at a former military barracks in Londonderry is due to be completed next year.

Londonderry: Controlled explosion carried out on 'suspicious' vehicle

Army technical officers have carried out a controlled explosion on a vehicle in Derry.

Brian Hannon: Funeral of former bishop held in Enniskillen

Mourners are told of how Bishop Hannon comforted survivors of the Enniskillen bomb in hospital.

Sion Mills: Man arrested over assault released on bail

A second man who was arrested on Wednesday remains in police custody

Jozef Puska, 31, charged with murder of Ashling Murphy

A man appears at a special court in the Republic of Ireland charged with the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Covid-19: Public healthcare staff in Ireland to get tax-free payment

People who worked on the frontline during the pandemic are to receive a tax-free payment of €1,000.

'Ringleader' of gang who attacked Kevin Lunney named

Mr Lunney was kidnapped from outside his home, tortured and told to resign from his job.

Irish stadium Covid-19 restrictions likely to end

The Irish government says Covid-19 restrictions are likely to be lifted "very soon", boosting hopes of Six Nations full houses in Dublin.

Brexit: International banks' Irish balance sheets rise to more than €500bn

A study looked at the contribution made by international banks to the economy in Ireland.