Morning top 5: Hundreds trapped in '500-year flood' in Texas; Third round of Brexit talks to get underway; Verdict expected in Halawa trial

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

People trapped by rising floodwaters in Texas have been told to stand on their roofs and wait for rescue as emergency services deal with thousands of desperate calls for help.

Waters have reached as high as second-storey homes as the deluge from storm Harvey dumps tens of inches of rain on the state.

"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced," tweeted the National Weather Service.

54 counties are declared disaster zones - with authorities warning of more torrential rain ahead.

Two people are dead - while US President Donald Trump is due to visit Texas tomorrow.

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A man has been arrested at Dublin Airport in connection with a plot to kill a member of the Hutch gang.

It is part of the investigation into the attempted murder of James 'Mago' Gately in North Dublin in May.

The suspect, aged in his 30s, is allegedly linked to the Kinahan crime cartel.

He was arrested last night and can be held for questioning for up to seven days.

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The third round of Brexit negotiations get underway in Brussels later.

The UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis is demanding the European Commission be more flexible and show more "imagination."

He'll sit down with the EU's negotiator Michel Barnier, before a team then look at all the technical details.

Britain's Labour party yesterday announced a policy shift towards a 'soft' Brexit - arguing for the UK to stay in the single market and customs union during any transition period - which could last years.

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Details of a new suburb the size of Wexford town on the Kildare / Dublin border are due to be revealed today.

South Dublin County Council plans to give special status to the land between Balgaddy, Clonburris and Adamstown.

If given the green light, over 8,000 homes will be built on around 280 hectares of land between Clonburris and Adamstown.

It is hoped work could start on the homes for up to 24,000 people as early as next year.

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It's hoped that 21-year-old Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa could return to Ireland within weeks.

A verdict is due today in his mass trial in Egypt - where he has been imprisoned since 2013.

The Taoiseach is due to phone Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi today to ask for his return.

Amnesty International has warned that the outcomes of mass trials are very unpredictable – with verdicts to be announced today for around 500 defendants.