Twenty-nine police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.
The union flag will be raised at dawn over Belfast City Hall for the first time since the dispute began last month.
Police were attacked for a third night, with frontline officers reportedly coming under gunfire as new loyalist trouble erupted in Belfast.
A rocket launcher and a warhead have been discovered by police investigating dissident republicans in West Belfast, a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said tonight.
Police have launched an investigation after a pipe-bomb was found near a primary school in north Belfast.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland has appealed for information after a pipe-bomb was found near a primary school in north Belfast.
Detectives in North Belfast are appealing for information after a viable pipe bomb type device was discovered in the Forthriver Road area of the City yesterday afternoon, Thursday 14 February.
At approximately 3pm a suspicious object was discovered by a member of the public in a laneway close to Forthriver primary school. ATO attended and confirmed it to be a viable pipe bomb type device.
– Police Service of Northern Ireland statement
Detectives are appealing to anybody who noticed anything suspicious in this area recently or with any information about the incident to contact them at CID in Tennent Street on 0845 600 800, or if someone would like to pass information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A pipe-bomb has been discovered close to a primary school in north Belfast, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.
Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a 42-year-old man after a protest linked to the Union flag controversy.
He was detained in east Belfast this afternoon fro obstruction, assault on police and resisting arrest. He is currently in police custody.
Several hundred loyalists gathered in Belfast city centre to protest against restrictions imposed on flying the Union flag over City Hall. Earlier, there was a large police presence apparent near Castlecreagh Street.
A large police presence is apparent in east Belfast this evening as loyalist demonstrations continue to take place near Castlecreagh Street.
Protests have been taking place since Belfast City Council voted to limit the number of days the union flag is flown at Belfast City Hall.
Approximately 10 to 12 petrol bombs were thrown at police in Newtownabbey during loyalist disturbances this evening, and a further 19 seized by officers and taken for forensic examination.
"Police came under attack from crowds throwing stones, bottles and petrol bombs following an earlier protest in the area," a spokesman said.
A petrol bomb has been thrown at police during loyalist disturbances linked to the Union flag protest in Northern Ireland.
A PSNI spokesman said officers came under attack north of Belfast in the Newtownabbey area.
Sporadic trouble has erupted for eight weeks linked to Belfast City Council's decision to only fly the flag on designated days like royal birthdays.
A series of protests blocked roads around Belfast tonight but most were non-violent and police said the routes had reopened.
The Union flag is set to fly over Belfast's City Hall today to mark a royal birthday. Loyalists are expected to stage a protest as the flag is hoisted for the second time since city councillors voted to restrict the number of days it can be raised to 18.
The flag will be raised to mark the 48th birthday of the Earl of Wessex's wife Sophie.Last night a man and two teenage boys were arrested in east Belfast during protests over the flag controversy.
The 30-year-old man was arrested on the lower Newtownards Road on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct. Earlier there was a heavy police presence as hundreds of people attended a peaceful demonstration at the city hall.
A man and two teenagers have been arrested in Belfast during protests over the Union flag controversy.
The PSNI said a 30-year-old man was arrested in east Belfast on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct.
Two teenagers, aged 15 and 18, were also detained on suspicion of riotous assembly.
The protests in east Belfast have ended and all roads have reopened to traffic.