In a bid to counter war threats from China and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force would deploy Rafale combat aircraft at Ambala in Haryana and Hashimara in West Bengal. India had signed a 7.878 billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets from From France in September last year. Rafale fighter jets will come equipped with state-of-the-art missiles such as the Meteor and Scalp. Source Financial Express
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Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Source Reuters
Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha. Source Reuters
The ECB has approved the yuan as a reserve currency. This is a symbolic but historic step for China, which can now establish its currency in Europe as a counterweight to the US dollar, says DW’s Frank Sieren. Source Deutsche Welle