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Evening briefing: Martin McGuinness not seeking re-election due to health concerns. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Martin McGuinness has announced that he will not run for reelection to the North's Assembly, confirming his health is a factor in the decision.

Around 40,000 people will lose their jobs in Ireland because of Theresa May's hard Brexit plan, the Irish Government's chief economist has warned.

Nama chairman Frank Daly has told Sean Fitzpatrick’s trial about a number of board meetings he attended with him before his resignation.

The Ceann Comhairle had to use his casting vote in the Dáil today to avoid defeat for the Government. A vote on an anti-evictions bill from the Anti Austerity Alliance People Before Profit resulted in a tied vote of 51 apiece after Fianna Fáil abstained.

The Taoiseach says there is no prospect of a general election this year.

Democratic Unionist special adviser Andrew Crawford, who has been accused of exerting influence in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in the North, has resigned, party leader Arlene Foster said.

The Children’s Ombudsman has called on the Government to invest further funding in mental health services to overcome the stigma of suicide and to help save more young people from taking their own lives.

WORLD 

When will Donald Trump be sworn in? Everything you need to know about Inauguration Day.

New pictures from the Serbian border show the dire living conditions over 1,000 refugees and migrants are enduring as freezing temperatures persist in the region.

More than half of Spain’s 50 provinces have been placed on alert for heavy snow and sleet storms.

A Pennsylvania man tried to strangle his wife after he woke up from a dream in which she was cheating on him, police said.

SPORT

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather fight will happen this year, says UFC champion.

Novak Djokovic's former coach Boris Becker has criticised the Serbian for lacking fight and playing too defensively during his Australian Open defeat to Denis Istomin.

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa has submitted an official transfer request.

Ronald Koeman would be happy to let Gerard Deulofeu leave Everton - and captain Phil Jagielka could also be nearing the exit door.

OPINION

There is no ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ in a representative democracy. People’s power rests in their vote, writes Victoria White.

Amazon, eyeing India for expansion, was quick to remove doormats from its website that bore the Indian flag, due largely to one offended Twitter user, writes Shashi Tharoor.

BUSINESS

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told world leaders and corporate chiefs that the UK remains "open for business" despite its decision to leave the European Union.

Saudi Arabia's energy minister has said that there is a chance of another production cut from Opec countries this year.

Men as young as 20 have erectile dysfunction, desensitised by their use of porn, which can easily become an addiction, says Gwen Loughman.

SHOWBIZ

The Late Late Show will celebrate Finbar Furey’s 70th year with a host of celebrity guests and special performances this Friday.

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has been remembered at his funeral by his former band mates – who arrived at the crematorium in the group’s double-decker tour bus.

EXAMVIRAL

Lush has invented solid mouthwash and we're feeling both intrigued and uncomfortable about it.

Animal rights activists are outraged at the video showing a scared German Shepherd being lowered into water while filming for a movie.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

We interviewed Cork's Timmy Collins after Midleton CBS defeated Ardscoil Ris at Bansha, Co Tipperary, to reach the semi-final of the Harty Cup.

TECHNOW

GAMES: The classic toy car racing game Micro Machines is returning to consoles this April 21, as revealed on developer Codemasters’ website.

FILM & TV: The upcoming Wonder Woman movie, one of the DC Extended Universes’ flagship films, could be a complete disaster if Schmoes Know host Sasha Perl-Raver to be believed.

TECH: Music streaming service Tidal has released a new tool that allows listeners to edit the tempo and length of any song available on the platform.

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Footage filmed by a van driver in England shows a woman refusing to move her car even though it is blocking in his van parked in front of her. This has to be one of the most bizarre parking rows we've ever seen.

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