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US threatens military force against North Korea.VIDEO: REUTERS

US threatens military force against North Korea, will propose new UN sanctions

The United States cautioned it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile programme but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution” and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction,” Haley said.

Taking a major step in its missile programme, North Korea on Tuesday test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that some experts believe has the range to reach the US states of Alaska and Hawaii and perhaps the US Pacific North-west. North Korea says the missile could carry a large nuclear warhead.

Haley said the United States would propose new UN sanctions on North Korea in coming days and warned that Washington was prepared to cut off trade with countries that were doing business with North Korea in violation of UN resolutions.


Donald Trump arrives in Warsaw, kicking off landmark Europe trip

Donald Trump arrived for high-stakes visit to Europe, landing in Poland ahead of his first G20 summit in Hamburg and a closely-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The still-novice US president begins a four-day swing through Warsaw and Hamburg, where tricky geopolitical currents – from rumbling transatlantic discord to the North Korean nuclear threat – will converge.

Air Force One touched down at 10.15pm (4.15am on Thursday, Singapore time), kicking off Trump’s second foreign trip. Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang’s test of a intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska, a brazen threat to US security.


Most American voters support limited travel ban, poll shows

Six in 10 American voters support the new ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States unless they can show they have a close relative here, according to opinion poll results released on Wednesday.

The Politico-Morning Consult poll found 37 per cent of voters said they “strongly supported” the new US State Department guidelines that would deny visas to citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen who do not have close relatives in the United States.

Another 23 per cent of voters said they “somewhat support” the guidelines.


Tennis: Flying ants invade Wimbledon’s hallowed courts

Wimbledon was invaded by thousands of flying ants, causing much annoyance to players, officials and ticket holders alike – but there was little anyone could do to drive out the pests.

Rising temperatures and humidity caused swarms of ants to make themselves at home in every nook and cranny of the All England Club.

French umpire Kader Nouni was seen slapping his face as he tried to squash the irritants, while Croatian Donna Vekic was spotted applying insect repellent during the changeovers of her match against Briton Johanna Konta on Centre Court.


Tennis: Ill Kvitova like ‘slow animal’ in Wimbledon loss

Ailing Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion and the bookmakers’ favourite for the 2017 title, said she felt like a “slow animal” in her shock second-round exit.

The Czech 11th seed lost 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to America’s Madison Brengle who has made the third round for the first time.

Kvitova, who was playing in her second Grand Slam since recovering from a terrifying knife attack in her home, needed to call for medical assistance during the third set. As well as having her blood pressure taken, the 27-year-old required an on-court examination by a doctor after complaining of breathing difficulties.