The talks in Belfast adjourned late last night and will resume on Monday

Breakthrough at Northern Ireland talks

07.37 The five political parties at Stormont made a breakthrough yesterday when they agreed positions on finance and welfare reform, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan.

Ban Ki Moon visited an Ebola treatment centre outside Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

07.47 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

The bombing is the first since the end of war in Gaza

Israel bombs Gaza militants after rocket attack

08.19 Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in Gaza yesterday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

Allegations of Garda malpractice in Bailieboro, Co Cavan between 2007 and 2010

Govt publishes terms for Cavan garda inquiry

19 Dec The Government has published the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into allegations of garda malpractice in Bailieboro in Co Cavan between 2007 and 2010.

It is understood a controlled explosion has been carried out on the item

Suspect device in Armagh not suspicious - PSNI

19 Dec British Army bomb disposal experts examining an object found under a soldier's car in Northern Ireland, have declared the item is not an explosive device and do not believe it to be suspicious.

Kim Jong-un observes he North Korean military's winter training at an unknown location

North Korea to snub UN Security Council meeting

19 Dec North Korea has said it will not send a representative to a UN Security Council meeting next week to discuss the country's human rights record and calls to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court.