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Trump answers reporters questions as he and First Lady Melania Trump head to Camp David, Sept 8, 2017
Trump answers reporters questions as he and First Lady Melania Trump head to Camp David, Sept 8, 2017PHOTO: AFP

Trump, Turkey's Erdogan discuss 'regional security' in call: White House

US President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and discussed working more closely with its Nato ally to improve regional security, the White House said.

"President Trump emphasised the common commitment of the United States and Turkey to work together to increase regional stability," a White House statement said.

The phone call came amid a backdrop of deteriorating relations between Washington and Ankara, Nato allies whose relations have soured over the US decision to arm Kurds in Syria to fight Islamic State. Turkey regards the Kurdish militias as "terrorists."

Turkey has also repeatedly demanded, without success, that the United States extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher who lives in Pennsylvania and is accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup against Erdogan in July 2016.


YouTube shuts down North Korea propaganda account

YouTube has cut off access to a state-run North Korean propaganda channel, as the US seeks to impose tougher sanctions following Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests.

The shutdown of Uriminzokkiri, which regularly posted video footage boasting of the North's nuclear and missile programmes and others praising the North's leader Kim Jong-Un, was confirmed on Saturday.

"This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's community guidelines", said the video sharing website.


Football: City rout Reds, United held by Stoke

Manchester City capitalised on Sadio Mane's controversial red card to thrash title rivals Liverpool 5-0, while Manchester United lost their 100 per cent record after a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

City goalkeeper Ederson was stretchered off in a neck brace after being caught in the face by Mane's boot as he raced out to head the ball away, with the Liverpool winger dismissed for the clash late in the first half at Eastlands.

City already led 1-0 through Sergio Aguero's opener at that point and braces from Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Sane completed City's biggest win over Liverpool since 1937.


Tennis: Stephens too good for Keys in all-American US Open final

Sloane Stephens played a near-perfect match to beat Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 in an all American final as she clinched her maiden grand slam title

Stephens, who spent a year off the courts because of a foot injury, was never in trouble as her defensive play derailed the 15th-seeded Keys.

In the first all American US Open women's final since Serena Williams beat her sister Venus in 2002, Stephens made only six unforced errors to frustrate Keys.


The Shape Of Water by Mexico's Guillermo Del Toro wins Venice Golden Lion

The Shape Of Water, a dazzling sci-fi romance by Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, won the coveted Golden Lion at the Venice film festival.

“If you remain pure and stay with your faith, with what you believe in – in my case, monsters – you can do anything,” Del Toro told the festival, the world’s oldest, as he dedicated the award to young Latin American directors.

The quirky, other-worldly tale set in the Cold War era sees a mute cleaner (Britain’s Sally Hawkins) in a high-security government laboratory stumble across a classified experiment that leads to an unlikely – and rather slimy – love affair.