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RAF planes carry out fresh strikes on Islamic State

Two RAF planes have carried out fresh strikes on Islamic State militants west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Ministry of Defence said the Tornado fighters fired four missiles at two IS vehicles, one of which was an armed pick-up truck.

RAF Tornados have been flying missions over Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/MoD Crown Co/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They were on an armed reconnaissance mission to examine an area suspected of being used as an IS command and control position.

A 'dozen more bodies found' after Japanese volcano eruption

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations near the peak of Mt. Ontake. Credit: Reuters

A dozen more bodies have been found at summit of a volcano Japan after it erupted at the weekend, raising the death toll to 48, police have told the Associated Press.

Earlier today, rescuers at the summit of Mount Ontake resumed the search, they had previously had to abandon efforts due to a rise in toxic gas levels.

Volcanic smoke rises from Mount Ontake. Credit: Reuters


MoD's £3.2bn deal to support naval bases and sustain 7,500 jobs

The Ministry of Defence has made a "huge investment" after awarding £3.2 billion of contracts to support the management of the UK's naval bases and help sustain more than 7,500 jobs.

HMS Ocean arrives into the docks at Royal Naval Base Devonport Plymouth. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

BAE Systems, which manages HMNB Portsmouth, has been awarded a £600 million contract while Babcock, which manages Devonport and Faslane, has been given a £2.6 billion deal.

The Royal Navy's warships and submarines will be maintained and repaired as part of the deal, the MoD said.

This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK and ensure that the Royal Navy's fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

The contract will secure around 1,500 jobs at Faslane on the Clyde, up to 4,000 posts at HMNB Devonport and more than 2,000 at Portsmouth.

Sainsbury's hit by 2.8% fall in sales

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has reported a 2.8% fall in like-for-like sales, with new chief executive Mike Coupe warning of tough times to come for the company.

Mr Coupe said a "dynamic and fiercely competitive" supermarket price war was behind the decline.

He said performance had been "impacted by the accelerated pace of change in the grocery market".

Sainsbury's announced a fall in like-for-like sales. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It follows strong results from discount chain Aldi earlier this week. earlier this week.

Mr Coupe said: "These conditions are likely to persist for the foreseeable future and we now expect our like-for-like sales in the second half of the year to be similar to the first half."

Tory donor switches to Ukip ahead of Cameron speech

David Cameron has suffered another embarrassing defection as a millionaire former Conservative donor switching sides to support Ukip.

The blow comes just hours before the Prime Minister is due to address his party at their conference in Birmingham.

David Cameron. Credit: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

Insurance guru Arron Banks, who has previously given tens of thousands of pounds to the Conservatives, is to present Nigel Farage with a cheque for £100,000.

Mr Banks told Sky News he did not believe the Prime Minister would succeed in his efforts to reform the European Union or leave it.

I've supported the Conservatives for a number of years but have come to the realisation that only Ukip supports my views.

Being a member of the EU is like having a first class ticket on the Titanic. Economically, remaining in the EU is unsustainable.

– Arron Banks

The Ukip leader welcomed his latest prize on Twitter:


Computer virus 'targeting Hong Kong protesters' discovered

A computer virus that spies on Apple's operating system for the iPhone and iPad has been discovered by cyber security researchers, who believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government's HQ in Hong Kong. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The malicious virus, known as Xsser, can steal text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobiles, Lacoon Mobile Security researchers said.

The spyware was uncovered while the researchers were investigating a similar virus for Google's Android operating system which also targeted protesters in Hong Kong.

Lacoon chief executive Michael Shaulov told Reuters the attack is likely to be coming from a Chinese hacker.

Meanwhile, thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have reportedly downloaded a messaging app called FireChat, which works without mobile or internet coverage.

Iraqi pilots mistakenly give ammunition to IS militants

An investigation has begun after Iraqi pilots accidentally dropped food, water and ammunition into an area controlled by Islamic State militants.

The supplies had been intended for Iraqi forces besieged in the Saglawyah area in the west of the country.

Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of the Iraqi parliament said: “Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw it over the area that is controlled by ISIS fighters.”

An Islamic State fighter shows off the group's flag. Credit: Reuters

The incident was confirmed by an official in Iraq's Defence Ministry, who told NBC News who said some of the Iraqi pilots “do not have enough experience … they are all young and new”.

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