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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani blasts Donald Trump as 'rogue newcomer'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Donald Trump, calling him a “rogue newcomer to the world of politics” a day after the US President excoriated Iran in his debut address at the United Nations General Assembly.

Without mentioning Mr Trump by name, Mr Rouhani slammed Mr Trump’s speech on Tuesday.

“The ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric filled with ridiculously baseless allegations uttered yesterday was… unfit to be heard at the United Nations,” he told the General Assembly.

In his speech, Mr Trump had accused of Iran exporting terror and instability and pursuing nuclear weapons under the cover of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He also hinted that the US may pull out of the deal.


Melania Trump dines with spouses of world leaders at UN

US First Lady Melania Trump dined with the spouses of dozens of world leaders at the United Nations, calling on them to protect children and teach them by example.

Often criticised for her reluctance to fully assume the role of first lady, President Donald Trump's third wife gave a brief speech before presiding over the luncheon held during this year's meeting of the UN General Assembly.

"We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example," Trump said.


Amazon reviewing website after algorithm suggests bomb-making ingredients

Amazon.com said it was reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its "Frequently bought together" and "Customers who bought this also bought" features.

Britain's Channel 4 News found the online retailer's algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives, days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network.

The ingredients, which are legal to purchase, were included in a "Frequently bought together" section in the listings for chemicals, the broadcaster said.


Gender stereotypes are firmly rooted by age 10, says global study

Gender stereotypes are firmly rooted in today's youth by age 10, according to a global study that warns such beliefs can raise the risk of depression, suicide, violence and HIV.

The investigation, which spanned 15 countries, suggested that vast amounts of money are wasted on stereotype prevention programmes for teenagers, because efforts must begin far earlier.

Researchers found that gender stereotypes which emphasise female passivity can encourage abuse. These stereotypes "leave girls at greater risk of dropping out of school or suffering physical and sexual violence, child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections," said the report.


Football: United, City into League Cup fourth round

Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United into the League Cup fourth round as the holders crushed Burton 4-1, while Manchester City eased through with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion.

City and United, currently first and second in the Premier League, took contrasting routes to the last 16, where they were joined by Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton as the big guns advanced despite fielding weakened teams.

United manager Jose Mourinho made nine changes from the side that thrashed Everton on Sunday, with Rashford and Juan Mata the only survivors.