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A Super Hornet jet launches from the deck of a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea on June 28, 2016.
A Super Hornet jet launches from the deck of a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea on June 28, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Dozens dead in US-led coalition strike on Syrian army position

US-led coalition aircraft hit a Syrian army position in the country’s east, an armed forces statement said, while a monitor group reported dozens of soldiers dead.

The US military later said that coalition forces believed they were striking an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighting position, and would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 83 soldiers were killed.

“This is a dangerous and bold attack against the Syrian state and army, and clear evidence that the United States and its allies support the terrorist group Daesh,” the Syrian armed forces statement said. It said the raids had allowed ISIS to advance on Syrian troops in the area.


Pipe bomb explodes ahead of New Jersey road race; no injuries

A pipe bomb exploded in a New Jersey beach town along the route of a charity road race to benefit military veterans and their families, but no injuries were reported in what authorities believe was a deliberate attack.

No damage to surrounding structures was reported after an explosive device went off at 9.35am in a plastic garbage container ahead of the 5km race in Seaside Park, a resort about 120km south of New York City.

Authorities immediately cancelled the race, closed the beach and the surrounding blocks, and evacuated dozens of homes as a search for more devices ensued.


Transgender soldier is first woman to serve on front line in British army - report

A transgender soldier is set to become Britain's first female to serve on the front line, The Sun newspaper reported.

Chloe Allen, who joined the army four years ago as Ben, told the tabloid it was "a great honour to make history".

Britain's defence ministry in July announced a lifting of the ban on women serving in combat roles. Allen, 24, said she would "love to inspire people to just come out and be themselves". 


Formula One: Rosberg in pole position for Singapore GP, Vettel to start from back row

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg will start the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix in pole position after clocking a qualifying time of 1min 42.584sec.

The German, who has never taken the chequered flag in Singapore, has a good chance to break his duck, with six of the last eight winners starting at the top of the grid.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion, will start from third place with a qualifying time of 1:43.288. The Mercedes duo will sandwich Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (1:43.115), last year's runner-up.


Football: Manchester City power on, Slimani lifts Leicester

Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho shone as Manchester City crushed Bournemouth 4-0 to preserve their lead at the Premier League summit.

League debutant Ilkay Gundogan also found the net for Pep Guardiola’s City, who have made their best ever start to a season with eight consecutive wins in all competitions.

Everton climbed to second by beating Middlesbrough, while Islam Slimani scored twice on his first league start as champions Leicester City downed Burnley 3-0 and Arsenal won 4-1 at Hull City.