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Wind, flooded roads as Florence nears US

The outer reaches of Hurricane Florence have begun lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooding, ahead of an expected landfall that is tipped to bring walls of water and lingering downpours.

Ex-US cop wants Damond family lawsuit held

The city of Minneapolis and a former police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond want to put a $US50 million ($A70 million) civil rights lawsuit on hold while a criminal case is pending.

Interview ‘an insult’: UK PM’s spokesman

Britain has criticised a television interview with two Russians resembling men accused of trying to murder a former spy, saying it was ‘an insult to the public’s intelligence’ and ‘deeply offensive’.

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm death toll

US President Donald Trump has rejected the widely accepted death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and claimed without citing evidence that ‘3000 people did not die’.

Ghana farewells former UN chief Kofi Annan

United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.