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Donald Trump crowd goes wild for 'baby Trump'

The biggest crowd-pleaser at a Trump rally on Monday was a little boy dressed in a Donald Trump wig, whom the man himself held on stage.

Having spotted the child in the audience, Trump invited him onto the stage, much to the delight of the crowd and his parents.

"You know, he's supposed to look like Donald Trump, but he's actually much too good looking.

"You are really handsome," he told the little boy.

Asked if he wanted to go back to his parents or "stay with Donald Trump", he replied "Trump" and the crowd went wild, before the presidential candidate kissed him and then handed him back.

Obama declares state of emergency in North Carolina

Flooded homes in a neighbourhood in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew. Credit: Reuters

President Obama has declared a major disaster and a state of emergency in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew hit the state and caused massive damage.

This enables federal funding to be made available to affected individuals in 10 counties that have been hit by the storm, the White House said in a statement.


Flooding in North Carolina as hurricane death toll hits 14

Devastation in Charleston, South Carolina, caused by the storm. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of people have been rescued from their homes and cars as up to 18 inches of rain caused severe flooding in North Carolina.

As the storm made its exit to the sea, the death toll in the US climbed to at least 14, half of them in North Carolina.

"As the sun rises in North Carolina and the blue sky returns, our state is facing major destruction and, sadly, loss of life," governor Pat McCrory said as the effects of Saturday's deluge became clearer.

However, the full scale of the disaster is not yet known as many places have not been reached by rescue teams and four people remain missing in the Fayetteville area of the state.

Weather forecasters said North Carolina and Virginia could get even more rain and warned of the danger of life-threatening flooding through Monday night.

Shortly before daybreak on Sunday the storm was stripped of its hurricane status and downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

Commuter train derails after crash near New York

Emergency services attend the scene. Credit: Reuters

A crash between two trains near New York caused one to derail and the other to catch fire.

A commuter train carrying around 600 people derailed east of New Hyde Park in Long Island after it hit a work train on the tracks.

The work train caught fire following the crash just after 9pm (local time) on Saturday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said 11 people have been taken to hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.


Giant banner of Vladimir Putin hung from New York bridge

The banner showed Putin with the word 'Peacemaker'. Credit: EBU

New York City police are investigating after a giant banner featuring a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin was hung from the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday.

The banner showed a picture of President Putin in front of a Russian flag with the word "Peacemaker".

Police were called at 2.45pm on Thursday and removed it around 30 minutes later.

Officers are studying CCTV footage of the bridge and nearby areas but are yet to arrest anyone.

Police removed the banner after around 30 minutes. Credit: Reuters
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