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Hammond ‘trying to appease Brussels’ over Brexit transitional deal Philip Hammond has been accused of trying to “appease” Brussels by saying a transitional deal after Brexit would mean the UK sticking to EU rules, including on immigration and the role of European judges.
 
 
 
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Northern Ireland hotelier Sir William Hastings   Legendary hotelier never forgot humble roots By Ivan Little Pioneering businessman Sir William Hastings, who was the cornerstone of Northern Ireland's hospitality industry before, during and after the Troubles, has died - just weeks after scrutinising plans for the new £53m Belfast hotel that will be his legacy.
 
 
Oisin McGrath   Family's anguish as student avoids prison for one-punch killing of Oisin in schoolyard By Staff Reporters The family of Oisin McGrath told of their pain yesterday as a 20-year-old student received an 18-month suspended sentence for killing the Fermanagh schoolboy.
 
 
The woman died after using a pedestrian crossing in Wandsworth (Luke Mintz/PA)   Five drivers traced after woman killed in ‘multiple hit-and-run’ Five drivers who may have been involved in a suspected multiple hit-and-run in which a woman died have been traced, police said.
 
 
Author Noel Davidson at his Larne home   From the true story of a tragic young Northern Ireland nurse to an ex-prisoner’s change of heart and a biography of Jeffrey Donaldson, meet the ex-headmaster who has penned more than 30 bestselling books Noel Davidson is adamant. "This is it, no more books," he says. But then he breaks into a smile and adds: "I think." The prolific writer of Christian books has just launched the 31st and, allegedly, final book of a career spanning decades, during which he has published mainly biographies as well as a number of history books.
 
 
 
 
 
Football Managers Martin O'Neill and Michael O'Neill attending the Mary Peters Trust &Sport Changes Life lunch, pictured with Stephen Watson and Dame Mary Peters Pic by Peter Morrison   Northern Ireland sporting stars hail work of charities By Stewart Robson Sporting stars from across NI attended a gala festive lunch yesterday in aid of charity.
 
 
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General views of a DOE gritting lorry which skidded off the Church road in Ballyclare and ended up in a farmers field.
Mandatory Credit © Stephen Hamilton/Presseye   Gritter truck overturns into field while salting roads in Antrim A gritter truck in Ballynure overturned on the Church Road on Saturday morning.
 
 
Detectives are appealing for information after a burglary in Belfast.   Police appeal after aggravated burlgary in Belfast Police appeal after two men broke into a house in Belfast before attacking two people.
 
 
The scene of the security alert at Ederowan Park in the Galliagh Area of Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 14.12.17   Man charged following Londonderry security alert The man has been charged with possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances
 
 
 
 
 
Tony Blair said "stopping Brexit is the route to win power" (Victoria Jones/PA)   Blair: Halting Brexit more important than Labour election Tony Blair has criticised the party’s strategy under Jeremy Corbyn.
 
 
james miskelly   Father's anger as teenage driver who killed two avoids jail term By Paul Higgins Father said he was "dumbfounded" after driver was given suspended sentence.
 
 
Little Lucas, who is now three months old   Little Lucas is best Christmas gift after tragic loss of daughter By Claire McNeilly NI musician Rodney Beggs knows who is going to be number one this Christmas.
 
 
The Met Office has urged motorists to take care on untreated roads and warned pedestrians to be aware of the potential for falls on icy surfaces   Frosty start as shoppers and drivers warned over ice Another frosty morning after temperatures plunged as low as minus 6C overnight.
 
 
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Warrenpoint’s Connor McMenamin scores during today's game at Windsor park.
Photo Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker   Irish League Round Up: Warrenpoint snatch dramatic Linfield draw and top two keep on winning By Gareth Hanna Linfield lost ground on top two Coleraine and Crusaders as Warrenpoint earned a thrilling 3-3 draw at Windsor Park.
 
 
Pals: Jonathan Rea and Glenn Irwin at Waterfront yesterday   Watch: Your BBC Sports Personality of the Year votes would mean so much to me, says Jonathan Rea By Gareth Hanna Triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has called on Northern Ireland to get behind him during Sunday evening's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
 
 
Tommy Wright   Tommy Wright's St Johnstone end Rangers' rejuvenation Rangers' rejuvenation under caretaker boss Graeme Murty came to an abrupt halt with a 3-1 defeat by St Johnstone at Ibrox.
 
 
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Ed Sheeran (Yui Mok/PA)   Ed Sheeran tipped to land Christmas Number One Ed Sheeran is front-runner in the race for the Christmas Number One.
 
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