Inquiry launched after prisoner dies in NI prison 

A foreign national has died in Northern Ireland, officials have confirmed.

The unconvicted inmate awaiting trial was from taken from Maghaberry to hospital on 11 February  and died yesterday, a Prison Service statement said.

The PSNI, coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have begun investigations into the death.

€450,000 to be invested in blood cancer research

The Irish Cancer Society is to invest €450,000 in expanding the clinical research network for blood cancers.

The money - €100,000 annually for four-and-a-half years - will be spent on enabling the Mater University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital to join Blood Cancer Network Ireland.

Led by NUI Galway, BCNI was set up in 2015 by the society and Science Foundation Ireland.

Its aim is to enable patients to get access to new treatments and drugs through clinical trials.

NI student accused of making 23 hoax bomb calls

A student from Northern Ireland accused of making 23 hoax bomb calls to schools, businesses and airports in the US is to appear in court on Thursday.

The unnamed 19-year-old faces charges of placing calls to the institutions in 2012.

PSNI Chief Inspector Ian Wilson said: "We have conducted substantial and lengthy inquiries with a range of law enforcement agencies which have resulted in a series of charges being examined by the court.

"We will continue to liaise with authorities in the US and with the young man and his family."

British nurse who recovered from Ebola back in hospital

A Scottish nurse who recovered from Ebola, but then suffered life-threatening complications from the virus persisting in her brain, has been readmitted to hospital for a third time.

Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola in December 2014 when she was working in a treatment facility in Sierra Leone at the height of an epidemic of the disease which swept through three countries in West Africa.

She was discharged from hospital late last year after suffering further complications from the virus.

Second Heathrow flight targeted by laser

A second flight in under two weeks near London's Heathrow Airport has been targeted by someone shining a laser.

A British Airways service from Amsterdam was affected yesterday morning when a beam was aimed at the aircraft as it headed towards the west London hub.

This came nine days after a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York JFK returned to Heathrow as a "precautionary measure" after a laser was shone at the cockpit.

After the Virgin Atlantic flight was affected on 14 February, the British Airline Pilots Association repeated its calls for lasers to be classified as offensive weapons.