Morning top 5: Brexit could see temporary customs union introduced; Trump condemns hate groups; Floods kill hundreds in West Africa

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The British government says a temporary customs union could be put in place to help prevent chaos at borders after Brexit.

It is publishing the first of a series of 'future partnership papers' later.

The Brexit Secretary wants an interim period to allow a smooth switch over to the new regime once the UK leaves.

The paper repeats the aim of avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. 


US President Donald Trump has explicitly condemned hate groups as “repugnant” and declared racism as evil.

Last night he denounced the likes of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis - two days after a woman died during racial violence in Virginia.

The delay naming far right groups has led to much criticism and President Trump was greeted by protesters on his arrival in New York overnight.

However Bruce LeVell of President Trump's National Diversity Coalition has insisted the president is not a racist.


A 13-year-old girl has died and 12 people have been injured after a car was driven into a pizza restaurant to the east of Paris.

French police say the girl's younger brother suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

The driver is reported to have ‘rammed' people eating outside the Pizzeria Cesena.

It is believed the driver hit the restaurant intentionally, however authorities said there was no reason to suspect terrorist motives.


At least 300 people have died in mudslides caused by heavy flooding in the West African state of Sierra Leone.

Torrents of water swept through the capital Freetown, turning roads into churning rivers of mud.

The number of casualties is expected to rise.

Ramatu Jalloh from Save the Children said the rescue mission is problematic due to the scale of the flooding and difficult local terrain.


Pop star Taylor Swift has won a sexual assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a concert in 2013.

He assaulted her by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot.

She was awarded a symbolic one dollar in damages.

Her lawyer Douglas Baldridge says it's a victory for all victims of sexual assault.