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A man watches TV news showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch on Aug 24, 2016.
A man watches TV news showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch on Aug 24, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

US military detects failed North Korean missile launch: Pentagon

The US military detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile near the northwestern city of Kusong, the Pentagon said.

“We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests,” said US Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

Ross said the US commitment to the defence of its allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan, was “iron-clad” in the face of such North Korean actions.

The Pentagon said the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.


Syria talks in Lausanne end without breakthrough

Syria talks convened by US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Swiss city of Lausanne failed to agree on a common strategy with Russia to end the conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year.

Kerry was seeking a new path to peace after failing to secure a ceasefire in direct talks with Moscow, one of Syria’s key backers, amid mounting international outrage over the Russian and Syrian bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Kerry hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and seven foreign ministers from the region – from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt – weeks after the collapse of a painstakingly crafted US-Russian ceasefire plan that many saw as the last hope for peace this year.


Donald Trump challenges Hillary Clinton to drug test, says vote ‘rigged’

Donald Trump challenged his rival Hillary Clinton to a drug test before their next debate, suggesting his Democratic rival was “pumped up” on performance-enhancing drugs in a stunning new twist to the brutal White House race.

The unsubstantiated attack from the Republican nominee came as he accused “corrupt” media of seeking to rig November’s vote in Clinton’s favour, by reporting snowballing claims of sexual misconduct that have thrown his presidential campaign into chaos.

In a bizarre new attack, levelled without proof, he suggested she had taken drugs during their last debate, and called for her to be tested ahead of their final duel on Wednesday in Las Vegas.


Football: Walcott double helps 10-man Arsenal see off Swansea

Theo Walcott scored two first-half goals and Mesut Ozil a fine third as Arsenal beat Swansea City 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium to go level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

But the Gunners had to survive a nervy finale after Granit Xhaka was dismissed 20 minutes from the end in what was former United States manager Bob Bradley's first game in charge of Swansea.

England forward Walcott had been derided after disappointing appearances for his country in recent World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia but his Arsenal form remains solid and this match took his tally to six goals in five club appearances.


Football: Nolito eases missed penalty pain for Man City in 1-1 draw

Nolito's header saved a point for a dominant Manchester City side as the Premier League leaders had two penalties saved in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku scored on the break 19 minutes into the second half after Ronald Koeman's visitors had absorbed sustained pressure Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who had saved a first-half penalty from Kevin De Bruyne, then blocked another from Sergio Aguero.

But the goalkeeper was finally beaten as Nolito, on as a substitute for only a minute, headed in David Silva's cross in the 72nd minute.