The top five: Flooding continues; Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran

All this evening's top stories

Two-year-old becomes first migrant casualty of 2016

A two-year-old boy has become the first known migrant casualty of 2016 after drowning when his dinghy hit rocks off the Greek island of Agathonisi.

According to AFP, the other 39 passengers aboard the crowded vessel were rescued after local fishermen raised the alarm.

Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia has announced it is severing diplomatic ties with Iran and evacuating all diplomatic staff from the country.

It follows an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran last night, when protesters outraged at the execution of Shia imam Nimr Al-Nimr vandalised and set fire to the embassy compound.

Woman dies in Belfast house fire

A woman has died in a house fire in Belfast this afternoon.

Her remains were discovered after a blaze in the Archdale Drive area of the Belvoir Estate shortly after 2pm.

More heavy rain forecast as flood waters remain at critical levels around the country

Met Eireann says at this stage even a 'normal' amount of rainfall could cause further flooding in certain areas.

A yellow alert for rainfall is in effect for Cork and Kerry, as showers today follow heavy rainfall last night.

Mayor of Mexican city murdered one day after taking office

Gisela Mota, mayor of the Mexican city of Temixco, was gunned down at her house on Saturday only one day after taking office.

Soon after the shooting, police located a car of suspects who then opened fire on them. Two were killed and three arrested, including a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old and a minor.