Five people were killed in fires caused by smoking materials during the last year, the Northern Ireland Fire Service has revealed.
Some A-level resits are to be scrapped under changes being introduced by Northern Ireland Education Minister John O'Dowd.
Dissident attacks are likely to occur in Northern Ireland during the G8 summit despite the presence of thousands of extra police officers, the commander of the security operation has said.
Tom McGonigle, a Criminal Justice Inspector, is to be the new Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman.
Former Northern Ireland arms decommissioning inspector Martti Ahtisaari is due to officially launch a new conflict studies institute at Queen's University Belfast.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in East Belfast have arrested a suspect on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Political uncertainty over dealing with Northern Ireland's troubled past needs to be addressed, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said.
The number of deaths from dementia in Northern Ireland hit a new high of 1,400 last year, it has been revealed.
Computer-based literacy and numeracy tests used by primary schools in Northern Ireland will no longer be compulsory following a series of technical glitches, it has been revealed.
More than £4 million of grants are to be spent to help protect the natural environment, it has been revealed.
A film version of Dracula is to be made in Belfast.
Almost 200 events are taking place across Northern Ireland over the next week to highlight efforts to build relationships and bridge division, it was revealed.
Police and community leaders in Belfast have agreed to resolve their differences through talking and non-violence.
The constituency office of SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat has been attacked.
Catholics in Northern Ireland are more likely to be unemployed or living in overcrowded conditions with worse health than Protestants, census figures reveal.
Overseas junkets for Government ministers cost Northern Ireland taxpayers more than £350,000 in the past year, official figures have revealed.
A seriously ill patient has died after his ambulance was in a crash with a car on its way to hospital in Northern Ireland, police said.
One in eight people in Northern Ireland provided unpaid care for a loved one, census figures showed.
An 18-year-old man has been shot in both legs during a paramilitary punishment attack in north Belfast.
A fell runner who collapsed and died during a race in the Mournes was a stalwart of mountain competitions, a rescue team official has said.
More permanent new teaching positions need to be created in Northern Ireland to boost standards across the curriculum, a union said.
Work to erect a massive security fence to protect eight of the world's most powerful leaders during the G8 summit in Fermanagh has been started.
A lorry driver from Northern Ireland has been jailed for 14 years in Greece after being convicted for smuggling herbal cannabis worth £1 million, police have said.
An explosive device has been found by police investigating the attempt to murder three officers in west Belfast.
Private talks between police and community leaders this weekend will cost an estimated £26,000, the PSNI has revealed.
Four men arrested by detectives investigating allegations of historic abuse at a young offenders' centre in Co Down have been released.
There has been a fall in the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits, official figures have revealed.
Northern Ireland's economy will not return to growth until next year or beyond, a survey of accountants has suggested.
Mobile phone providers in the Irish Republic could be asked to cut signals during the G8 summit amid fears terrorists may use them to detonate bombs.
Traffic chaos has overshadowed the inaugural Balmoral Show at the Maze after heavy congestion left thousands of motorists facing lengthy delays.
Two Northern Ireland-based journalists have been issued with death threats, a union has claimed.
Northern Ireland's most senior judges could review unduly lenient sentences for fuel and tobacco fraud under Executive proposals.
Complaints made to Northern Ireland's Prisoner Ombudsman by inmates inside the region's jails have increased by 10% in a year, the watchdog said.
Prison bosses in Northern Ireland should look at how privately run jails operate to find ways to cut the "eye-watering" costs of running the service, the Prisoner Ombudsman has urged.
Schoolchildren as young as 15 could be shown a hard-hitting anti-human trafficking play in a bid to beat the criminals behind the trade, it has been revealed.
A new medicine hailed as a magic bullet could revolutionise the treatment of intensive care patients with lung disorders, scientists claim.
Police have used a Taser gun to restrain a youth in Belfast.
The number of holidaymakers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who have been struck down with dengue fever has almost tripled, health officials said.
Peter Robinson has rounded on his political critics during a shared future debate at Stormont.
Police in Northern Ireland have warned that their ability to tackle international criminality will be compromised if a new UK-wide force is prevented from fully operating in the region.
Thousands of anti-poverty campaigners are to gather in Belfast ahead of next month's G8 summit in Northern Ireland to demand action from the world's most powerful leaders.
Almost half a million pounds was spent in just one year cleaning up waste from fuel laundering in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.
Whiskey making may be an ancient art but it is experiencing somewhat of a modern revival in Northern Ireland, with plans for another two new distilleries being toasted.
Northern Ireland's beaches were the most littered in the UK last year, a survey has shown.
A man from Northern Ireland has died after being found in a canal in Amsterdam.
Northern Ireland's stalled economy has been given a kickstart with the creation of 650 new software posts - the second biggest jobs boost since devolution was restored in 2007.
The Executive remains committed to the £330 million upgrade of the A5, Martin McGuinness has told a Stormont meeting on the troubled project.
The older people's commissioner in Northern Ireland warned Edwin Poots about closing residential care homes more than a year ago, it has been claimed.
Failure to build the cross-border electricity interconnector is costing consumers across Ireland £25 million a year, it was revealed.
A couple whose bodies were found in a burnt-out car in Co Antrim died in a suicide pact, a coroner has said.
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