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Floods kill 28 in three US states

Rescuers using boats and jet-skis plucked stranded residents from their flooded homes today as the death toll from weekend storms in the US rose to 28 in three states.

The flash floods caused by record-breaking amounts of rain caught many off-guard, forcing thousands to flee their homes and hotels.

The rapidly rising waters led to the deaths of 17 people in Tennessee alone, including 10 in Nashville, and officials feared that the death toll could increase.

Greek protests at Acropolis

Greek protesters unfurled banners over the defensive walls of the ancient Acropolis, the country's most famous monument, to protest harsh new austerity measures as strikes began today across the country.

About 100 protesters from the Greek Communist Party unfurled the banners in Greek and English reading: "Peoples of Europe -- Rise Up." Greece's cash-strapped government announced sweeping spending cuts worth €30bn through 2012 on Sunday.

Cuba travel insurance law

Cuba now requires foreign tourists and Cubans who live overseas to hold travel insurance approved by island authorities, while making those who don't have coverage buy a local policy that can cost more than $3 (€2.27) a day.

The new law took effect on Saturday and mandates that travellers who can't show they have authorised insurance buy a policy from state-run Cubatur before being allowed into the country.

Ricardo Lopez, a Cubatur office manager, said a Cubatur kiosk at Havana's airport sold 113 policies on the first day.

Eccleston is up for a laugh

Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston said he would like to turn his hand to comedy -- to "surprise everyone and myself".

Eccleston, who is known for taking on weighty roles in dramas as well as playing the Time Lord, and who is starring in a John Lennon biopic for BBC4, showed his lighter side.

"My entire personal life has been a comedy, so I have experience," he told the Radio Times.