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Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria, monitor says 35 villagers killed

Turkey's army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria on Sunday, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.

Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by the Kurdish YPG militia, after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce overnight fighting around two villages.

Turkey said 25 Kurdish militants were killed in its air strikes and denied there were civilian casualties.


Germany, Paris, Warsaw call for closer ties post-Brexit

The German, French and Polish foreign ministers vowed Sunday to increase ties between their countries when Britain leaves the EU to secure a safer and more effective union.

"Confronted by unparallelled challenges in Europe... (we must) intensify cooperation and create a new drive," Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Witold Waszczykowski said in a joint statement.

They were gathered in the eastern German town of Weimar to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "Weimar Triangle" political forum.

Football: Raheem Sterling double maintains Pep Guardiola's perfect Manchester City record

Raheem Sterling struck twice and Fernandinho added another goal as Manchester City made it five wins in as many matches under the management of Pep Guardiola with a 3-1 victory at home to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Guardiola's men made hard work of seeing off the Hammers at Eastlands before securing a win that left City top of the Premier League, on goal difference from Chelsea and Manchester United, who've also won their opening three matches in English football's top-flight.

Having raced into an early, two-goal lead, a second-half header from West Ham's Michail Antonio ensured City endured an anxious final half hour, a fact reflected in manager Guardiola's growing frustration in his technical area, before Sterling scored his second goal in injury-time.


Frank Ocean tops US album chart with Blonde after outfoxing label

Frank Ocean's long-awaited album Blonde opened at number one on the US chart Sunday in one of the year's biggest debuts after the artist thumbed his nose at his label.

The genre-merging hip-hop star's album sold 276,000 copies or the equivalent in downloads and streaming in the week through Thursday, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

The figure was the third highest for an album in its first week this year, although it was significantly below Drake's Views and Beyonce's Lemonade.


Don't Breathe steals thunder in US box-office debut

Suspense thriller Don't Breathe stole the US box-office thunder in its opening weekend, knocking off Suicide Squad from three weeks at the top, industry estimates showed Sunday.

Don't Breathe - a horror twist on home invasion themes - features a trio of thieves breaking into the house of a supposedly helpless wealthy blind man. The top moneymaker over the weekend snared US$26.1 million ($35.48 million).

Suicide Squad slipped to the number-two spot at US$12.1 million. The film, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as criminals hired to carry out secret missions, has raked in nearly US$283 million in its first four weeks, despite poor reviews.