Voices A protestor is hit by water sprayed from a water cannon during clashes in Taksim Square

To bring them in would be deeply damaging to the principle of policing by consent

Martin Paterson celebrates for Northern Ireland after scoring against Russia

World Cup qualifiers: Northern Ireland v Portugal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park

Loyalist riots leading to instability in Northern Ireland’s politics and economy

Loyalist protests which left hundreds of police injured risk running out of control, Northern Ireland’s top policeman warned today.

U2 singer Bono (right) arrives with his wife Ali Hewson for the funeral of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland

'Don't be afraid': Seamus Heaney's final message - by text - revealed at his funeral

Presidents and poets pay tribute to Seamus Heaney as son reveals content of last text message sent by the Nobel laureate to his wife

Strangler given 19-year sentence 25 years after killing pensioner in North Belfast

A serial criminal who strangled a kindly pensioner 25 years ago after trying to rob her has been sentenced to a minimum of 19 years in prison.

Police at the scene near the village of Cullyhanna, Northern Ireland, where a dissident republican-style rocket launcher has been discovered

Huge security operation underway as 'major border bomb attack' foiled in Northern Ireland

Reports indicate that the Army has found a rocket launcher and at least two mortar devices

Peru 'drug mule' Michaella McCollum confident story of coercion will be proven after arrest over £1.5m cocaine

British women claim they were threatened at gunpoint and forced to smuggle drugs by criminal gang

Small Talk: Profits slump for TalkSport owner UTV after fall in advertising

Profits have slumped more than 40% at TalkSport owner UTV because of an advertising drought as there has been no big football tournament this summer.

Those taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival were also fortunate to get the best of the country's weather

Just in time: Sunshine arrives to salvage Bank Holiday weekend

Sunshine and dry skies arrived in the UK today, just in time to salvage the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sam Neill: The actor on growing up in Northern Ireland, surviving 145mph winds and going gang-busting

I thought I'd die while filming 'Jurassic Park' We were on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, two weeks into the shoot, and when we reported for work one morning, we were told there wouldn't be any filming as there was a hurricane coming. I remember standing on the beach at about 11am as the thing was fast approaching and Laura [Dern] came up and said to me, "Do you think it's possible we might die?" And I thought about it and said, "You know, Laura, I think we just might." [Several islanders perished in the 145mph winds.] But I'm still here.

A Belfast Story press kit received by Empire's news editor Chris Hewitt

A Belfast Story director apologises for sending 'nail bomb' promotional kit branded 'the most distasteful freebie ever'

Filmmaker Nathan Todd said the PR package was 'not intended to offend anyone'

Man charged over the murder of two former partners in Northern Ireland

A man is due in court later today accused of murdering two former partners in Northern Ireland.

Pensioner questioned over deaths of three girlfriends in decade

Leslie Ross, from Dromore, Co Down quizzed over fatal incidents between 2002 and last year

British summer set to end on a high as heatwave returns

After several days of rain and falling temperatures, forecasters said large parts of the country could expect highs of up to 27C (80.6F) and dry weather

Parcel bomb scare leaves BBC facing £5,000 police costs

The BBC is facing criticism and a £5,000 bill after a terror alert at its northern headquarters in Salford.

Loyalist protesters show pictures of IRA victims

Republican march ends peacefully after days of ‘shameful’ violence

The Northern Ireland Secretary said the violence was ‘a hugely regrettable step backwards’

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