Britain has suffered its share of heavy floods in recent years. This Christmas it has had to put more than 20 regions on high alert. Worst hit are the north and west of England. Army personnel is shoring up overwhelmed emergency services.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator says the bloc won't wait much longer for the UK to agree to settle its Brexit bill if trade talks are to take place in January. EU officials say the UK may have to pay up to €60 billion.
Destructive floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in northern and central Vietnam in one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit in years. With another tropical storm on the way, more rain is expected.
The latest Brexit drama centers on Prime Minister Theresa May, the UK and EU hoping for hints of progress, an ill-fated dinner in Brussels and Machiavellian intrigue.
The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has urged businesses in this country to draw up plans for an unregulated exit of Britain from the EU, meaning the UK leaves the bloc without a deal to shape future relations.
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