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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-fire of the Hwasong-14 missile.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-fire of the Hwasong-14 missile.PHOTO: REUTERS

US requests UN Security Council meeting on North Korea missile launch

The United States requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after North Korea declared that it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the US mission said.

The meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday around 3pm (3am on Thursday, Singapore time).

News of the request came as two officials told Reuters that while the US is still reviewing data, it now believes that North Korea likely did test such a missile.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the launch of the Hwasong-14, which experts say is capable of reaching Alaska.

North Korea’s Academy of Defence Science said it reached an altitude of 2,802km and flew 933km. US Pacific Command confirmed the test and said it was a land-based, intermediate-range missile that flew for 37 minutes before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. It said the launch did not pose a threat to North America.


NUS is No 1 and NTU No 5 in inaugural Asia-Pacific University Rankings

The National University of Singapore has topped the inaugural Asia-Pacific University Rankings, released by the Times Higher Education magazine, followed by Nanyang Technological University in fifth place.

Peking University was placed second, the University of Melbourne third and Tsinghua University, fourth.

Mr Phil Baty, rankings editor of the magazine, noted that NUS is particularly strong when it comes to its research and teaching environments and international outlook, while NTU excels in research impact - it ranks in third place when judged on this indicator alone.


Canada to award millions to former Guantanamo inmate: Report

Canada is set to apologise and award millions of dollars of compensation to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier, reports said.

Omar Khadr will receive at least C$10 million (S$10.6 million) from the federal government for the treatment he was subjected to during his captivity, according to reports in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star which cited anonymous sources.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, became the youngest prisoner at the US detention camp in Cuba following his capture from Afghanistan in 2002. Canada’s Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that his rights had been violated by Ottawa, which shared statements he made to Canadian officials with the United States.


Tennis: Federer pleads for no panic measures over Wimbledon pull-outs

Roger Federer pleaded with Grand Slams not to be panicked into reducing matches to best-of-three sets after injured players were accused of taking the money and running on Tuesday.

Federer reached the Wimbledon second round when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit when trailing 6-3, 3-0 after just 43 minutes on Centre Court complaining of an ankle injury. Earlier, title rival Novak Djokovic booked his second round spot in just 40 minutes when Martin Klizan, suffering from a calf injury, retired at 6-3, 2-0 down.

First round losers all receive £35,000 (S$62,000). “I feel for the crowd,” said Federer. “They’re there to watch good tennis.”


Cycling: World champ Sagan kicked off Tour for Cavendish elbow

World champion Peter Sagan was sensationally kicked off the Tour de France for elbowing Mark Cavendish in a hectic sprint finish to Tuesday’s fourth stage.

British sprint great Cavendish was taken to hospital by ambulance with shoulder and finger injuries after crashing to the ground when Sagan shoved him into the metal safety barriers 100 metres from the finish of the 207.5km stage from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel.

Cavendish, 31, was following the wheel of eventual stage winner Arnaud Demare of France when Sagan jutted out an elbow, knocking the Briton into the barriers where he came crashing down.