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A Sept 18, 2017, photo shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber (right) and fighter jets flying over South Korea during a joint military drill.
A Sept 18, 2017, photo shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber (right) and fighter jets flying over South Korea during a joint military drill.PHOTO: AFP

US bombers fly off North Korea's coast in show of force

US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump.

The flight, which was disclosed shortly before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea that any US fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon said.

“This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea’s weapons programme “a grave threat.”

“We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies.”

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North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' after Donald Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'rocket man

North Korea said on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force the Pentagon said showed the range of military options available to Trump.

Ri’s speech capped a week of rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults. Trump called Kim a “madman” on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a “mentally deranged US dotard.”

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Donald Trump clashes with sports world over football player protests, NBA invitation

President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the US national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players.

Goodell’s statement was released a day after Trump suggested any protesting football player was a “son of a b****” and should lose his job.

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Tragedy strikes at Asia Fighting Championship as bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian dies

Tragedy struck at the inaugural Asia Fighting Championship on Saturday night at the Marina Bay Sands, as World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) President Pradip Subramanian died after his muay thai match.

The 32-year-old had reportedly looked shaken after his bout with YouTube personality Steven Lim and had to be helped out of the ring.

Pradip was rushed to Singapore General Hospital where he died.

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Football: Lukaku, Sterling keep Manchester clubs on top

Raheem Sterling shone for Manchester City and Romelu Lukaku delivered for Manchester United as the Manchester clubs maintained their grip on the Premier League title race with Saturday victories.

Sterling scored a brace as City crushed bottom club Crystal Palace 5-0 to go top on goal difference above United, who won 1-0 at Southampton courtesy of Lukaku's first-half goal.

Champions Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all kept pace with the top two, putting the pressure on Arsenal, who host West Bromwich Albion on Monday.