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France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country. "This morning at the defence council, I took the decision as part of the anti-Daesh coalition to make weapons available to Iraqi forces," Hollande said, using another name for IS.
The wealthy Gulf state of Qatar has pledged to pay one-month salaries for public sector employees in Gaza, to help "alleviate the suffering" caused by the Israeli blockade, state media said. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has ordered paying a total of 113 million rials ($31 million), which is the total wage bill for one month in the strip ruled by Islamist movement Hamas, QNA state news agency said late Thursday.
North Korean Air Koryo airplane made an emergency landing in China's city of Shenyang due to a fire, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The plane from North Korea's national airline, which was flying from Pyongyang to Beijing, made a forced landing in the north-eastern Chinese city after it caught fire, Xinhua said, citing a passenger.
A US think-tank said Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country's illicit uranium enrichment efforts. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said identifying suspected hidden plants involved in the production of weapons-grade uranium would be "critical" to the success of any future deal on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
India on Friday mounted a massive search and rescue operation for an Indian Air Force plane that went missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal. With concern mounting hours after its disappearance, five surveillance aircraft and 13 navy and coastguard ships launched the search for the aircraft, which vanished shortly after take-off from the southern city of Chennai.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pledged to overhaul the army in response to last week's failed coup, a sign that a newly imposed state of emergency would be used to press on with a purge that has alarmed the West. In a sign of Turkey's dismissal of outside criticism over how it has responded to the coup, the justice minister said Turkey would not bow to pressure from the European Union to rule out restoring the death penalty to execute the plotters.
The US military has stepped back from a policy published last year that likened journalists to spies and suggesting they may be treated as "belligerents." The Pentagon on Friday updated its Law of War Manual, which provides guidance and legal advice for military commanders, excising language which drew fire from news organisations. The updated manual "contains a substantial revision to the section on journalists" reflecting "input provided by the news media," a Department of Defense statement said.