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US urges UN vote on 'strongest possible measures' against North Korea

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to vote next Monday (Sept 11) to impose "the strongest possible" sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday (Sept 4).

North Korea said it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday, prompting global condemnation and a US warning of a "massive" military response if it or its allies were threatened.

China's UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi pushed North Korea on Monday "to stop taking actions that are wrong, deteriorating the situation and not in line with its own interests and truly return to the track of solving the issue through dialogue".


Donald Trump and Moon Jae In agree to end limits on payload of South Korean missiles

US President Donald Trump and South Korea's leader Moon Jae-In agreed Monday to remove limits on the payload of the South's missiles, Seoul's presidential office said, as the UN Security Council met to discuss a response to Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The two leaders in a phone call "agreed to lift the cap on missile payload of South Korea as an effective countermeasure" against Pyongyang's test on Sunday of what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, the presidential office said in a statement.

Seoul was previously restricted to a maximum warhead weight of 500 kilogrammes on its ballistic missiles, according to a bilateral agreement with the United States signed in 2001.


60,000 evacuated in Frankfurt as 'blockbuster' WWII bomb defused

At least 60,000 Frankfurt residents were forced to leave their homes on Sunday (Sept 3), in Germany's biggest post-war evacuation, to allow bomb disposal experts to defuse a huge unexploded World War II bomb dubbed the "blockbuster".

The 1.8-tonne British bomb, which German media said was nicknamed "Wohnblockknacker" - or blockbuster - for its ability to wipe out whole streets and flatten buildings, was discovered during building works last Tuesday.

The operation in central Frankfurt to get residents to safety was the biggest evacuation of its kind in post-war Germany, the city's security chief Markus Frank said.


Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins 50th at US Open; Kristina Pliskova races through

World number one Rafael Nadal notched up his 50th win at the US Open on Monday (Sept 4) to reach the quarter-finals for the seventh time.

The two-time champion, who could meet old rival Roger Federer in New York for the first time at the semi-final stage, crushed Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.

The 31-year-old Spaniard goes on to face either 19-year-old Andrey Rublev of Russia or Belgian ninth seed David Goffin for a place in the last-four.


Football: England hit back to beat Slovakia with Rashford winner

Marcus Rashford's superb second-half strike earned England a 2-1 comeback victory over Slovakia on Monday (Sept 4) that put them on the verge of qualification for next year's World Cup finals.

An evening that began worryingly for the young Manchester United striker when his sloppy mistake allowed Stanislav Lobotka to fire Slovakia into a shock lead ended with the crowd singing his name as he sparked England's revival.

Rashford's first international goal came on his debut in a friendly against Australia last May, but his second was of far greater importance as it put England five points ahead of Slovakia at the top of Group F with two games remaining.