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RAF launch fresh strike on IS position in Iraq

RAF planes have once again been engaged helping the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence said two GR4 Tornados provided support to Kurdish fighters battling IS in the north-west of the country.

RAF Tornados helped support Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/MoD Crown Co/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An MoD statement said: "Overnight, two GR4s provided vital air support to Peshmerga forces advancing on an ISIL position, conducting a successful precision attack on an armed pick-up truck with a Paveway IV guided bomb.".

Sierra Leone President will not attend conference

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, will not be attending an international conference on the Ebola crisis taking place in London according to the Foreign Office.

Unfortunately the President of Sierra Leone is now unable to attend the defeating Ebola conference. The chartered plane he was scheduled to fly on experienced significant technical difficulties prior to take off. We are currently exploring alternative ways for him to participate.

– Foreign Office spokesman

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China throws support behind Hong Kong leader

Chinese officials have warned of "chaos" and thrown their weight behind Hong Kong's embattled leader as pro-democracy protests continue with demonstrators threatening to occupy government offices unless he steps down today.

Hong Kong police stand guard outside the Government Complex. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in a commentary piece that the "central government fully trusts chief executive Leung Chun-ying and is very satisfied with his work".

It added that it also backs the Hong Kong police "to handle illegal activities in accordance with the law".

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