Evening top 5: Texas flooding of "epic proportions"; Man jailed over webcam blackmail of teen; Coveney calls for soft Brexit

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Trump arrives in Texas as major dam begins to overflow

At least 11 people, including an on-duty police officer, have been killed in Texas as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to wreak havoc in the state.

Many others have been reported missing and authorities fear the death toll could rise significantly.

US President Donald Trump arrived into the area this evening to inspect the devastation caused by the slow moving storm.

On his arrival, President Trump said the flooding around the state was of "epic proportion."

Man sentenced in Romania for webcam blackmail of Tyrone teen

A man has been sentenced to three years in prison over the webcam blackmail of a Tyrone teenager who took his own life.

Appearing in court in Timisoara, Romania last week, 31-year-old Iulian Enache pleaded guilty to blackmailing 17-year-old Ronan Hughes from Coalisland and producing/distributing indecent images of a child.

The Romanian national was sentenced to four years in prison today, however under Romanian law he will only serve three and is due to be released on October 29th next year.

Ronan Hughes parents revealed that he had taken his own life in June 2015 after being duped into posting images on the internet.

Soft Brexit “one clear way” to avoid hard border - Coveney

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has warned that “history should not be rewritten” to suggest the Brexit referendum result demanded a UK exit from the EU customs union.

Simon Coveney was speaking to business leaders at a breakfast organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

He called for a move towards a soft-Brexit whereby the UK remains in the single market and the customs union.

He said this was the “one clear way” to ensure there would be no customs border on the island of Ireland.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney

Trump says "all options on the table" after North Korean missile launch

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, with the projectile falling into waters off the country's eastern coast.

The Japanese government's warning system urged people in an area in the north of the country to take precautions early on Tuesday morning.

South Korea's military said the missile travelled 1,678 miles and was fired from North Korea's Sunan region, near the capital Pyongyang, just before 6.00am local time.

Simon Harris hoping to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol by autumn

It is claimed women can reach their weekly alcohol limit for as little as €5.

Alcohol Action Ireland says Ireland has a 'significant crisis' with booze, with many people favouring strong and cheap drinks.

The organisation suggests a woman can reach her weekly recommended low-risk limit - 11 standard drinks - for only €4.95.

Men, meanwhile, can reach their recommended limit of 17 standard drinks for only €7.65.