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UN condemns ‘highly provocative’ North Korea missile launch

The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s “highly provocative” launch of a missile that flew over Japan as US President Donald Trump scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.

North Korea fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan that landed in the Pacific, responding to new UN sanctions with its furthest-ever missile flight.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council said the launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang’s sixth and biggest nuclear test.

The council “strongly condemned these launches, condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the DPRK immediately cease all such actions.”

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Tough-talking Donald Trump looks to soothe Republican base

President Donald Trump sought to reassure his camp of his conservative bona fides on Friday after embracing a deal with opposition Democrats that would allow hundreds of thousands of young immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children to stay.

After being pilloried by Republicans furious at his seeming retreat from a pledge to curb illegal immigration, the president weighed in on a host of red-meat issues – political correctness, terrorism and racial tensions – aimed at assuring his base that he was not going soft.

No final deal has been reached, but Trump’s agreement to work with Democrats to find a way for the 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country legally has roiled his political base.

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‘Great job,’ Donald Trump tells 11-year-old boy mowing White House lawn

An 11-year-old boy earned a “great job” and a high five from US President Donald Trump for mowing the White House lawn.

Frank Giaccio, from Falls Church, Virginia, wrote to the President earlier this year saying that he owned his own lawn-mowing business and it would an “honour” to mow the White House lawn.

The White House accepted his offer and Frank was invited to mow the grass in the Rose Garden on Friday under the watchful eye of uniformed park service workers.

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Tennis: ‘Not serious’ Kyrgios pulls Aussies level in Davis Cup

Nick Kyrgios clinched a five-set thriller to pull Australia level with Belgium in the Davis Cup semi-finals on, just hours after admitting he wasn’t taking tennis seriously enough.

The combustible Kyrgios came back from two sets to one down to defeat 33-year-old Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 in 3hr 36min on the clay courts of Brussels’ Palais 12 arena.

Kyrgios, defeated in the first round of the US Open by compatriot Millman earlier this month, went into the match suffering a hip injury as well as a lack of motivation. Writing on www.playersvoice.com, the 22-year-old said: “I am not the professional tennis needs me to be”.

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Better call Netflix? Streaming platforms poaching top TV talent

Sunday’s Primetime Emmy winners will take home shiny trophies and bask in congratulations, but their biggest payoff could come in a call from Netflix or Amazon.com.

In recent months, the two streaming networks have lured the makers of pioneering shows from broadcast and cable networks with big cash offers and promises of creative freedom.

“Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the like are really putting their money where their mouth is,” said Melissa Rosenberg, a former writer on Showtime’s Dexter who moved to Netflix to create the dark superhero show Jessica Jones. “They’re paying creators, extraordinary actors, and for the budgets of shows equal or better than basic cable or network TV.”

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