Trump says he will be "very restrained" in using Twitter as president

US president-elect Donald Trump says he will be "very restrained" in his use of social media as head of state, after an election campaign during which he relied heavily on Twitter to voice his opinion.

Trump, Clinton make final campaign push in swing state of Florida

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made their final pitches to voters in the south-eastern US battleground state of Florida on Saturday, trying to drum up support among a divided electorate before the presidential election on November 8.

Downgraded to tropical storm, Matthew heads out to sea off the US

Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded by the US National Hurricane Centre to a tropical storm and was beginning to turn out to sea Sunday after thrashing parts of the south-eastern US coast.

Hurricane Matthew weakens, still a threat as it moves up US coast

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in the south-east US state of South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Centre, reporting maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and and expecting serious inland flooding.

Hurricane Matthew crawls up Florida coast, as 600,000 lose power

Hurricane Matthew continued to batter the east coast of the US state of Florida with its eye just kilometres offshore, as some 600,000 homes in the state were left without power.

US issues travel warning for Miami Beach amid Zika cases

US officials are warning pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach, Florida, amid reports of Zika transmission in the area.

Florida night club shooting "not terrorism," police say

A shooting at a Florida night club that left two teenagers dead and more than a dozen wounded was not an act of terrorism, police said Monday.

Obama: Orlando attacker self-radicalized, drew inspiration online

The gunman in a terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, appeared to have been self-radicalized from Islamist material online, US President Barack Obama said Monday.

Orlando police reveal details of nightclub siege; death toll at 49

FBI special agent Paul Wysopal said 48 victims have been identified and 24 of their families have been notified. An earlier death toll of 50 had included the deceased shooter, he said.

Clinton says fighting terrorism more important than applying labels

Combatting terrorism is more important than finding labels for the attackers, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday, brushing back calls for a deadly attack in Orlando to become an argument for a backlash against Islam.

FBI: Orlando killer phoned police about Islamic State during spree

The gunman who killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in an Orlando, Florida, called police during the massacre to talk about the Islamic State terrorist group, an FBI official said Sunday.

Worst mass shooting in US history leaves 50 dead at Florida nightclub

At least 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in an attack Sunday on a gay nightclub in Florida, officials said, in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

20 dead in mass shooting, hostage-taking at Florida gay nightclub

About 20 people died and 42 were injured in a shooting and hostage-taking early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police said.

Several injured in shooting at Florida gay nightclub, police say

A shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday left several people injured, police said.