Russia and US Continue to Disagree Over Syria
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has acknowledged that ties with the United States are strained over Syria, but says Moscow is open to dialogue.
Donald Trump says relations with Russia could be at their lowest-ever level following Moscow's refusal to drop its support for the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad.
A ruling is due shortly from the European Court of Human Rights on whether Russia could have done more to prevent hundreds of deaths at the Beslan school siege.
New Zealand is preparing for a tropical storm, which weather forecasters have warned could be the most powerful for decades.