** North Korea Rocket Launch Possibly Delayed by Snow**
An American think tank says North Korea's preparations for a planned rocket launch may have been delayed by heavy snow.
The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said Friday that new satellite imagery suggests preparations at the Sohai satellite launch station are proceeding "more slowly than previously reported."
Nick Hansen, an expert on imagery analysis, wrote on the institute's website that images taken on Tuesday showed no tracks in heavy snow at the launch site.
However, Hansen said that, even with weather delays, the North could finish its preparations on schedule.
**Israeli Gunfire Kills Palestinian**
Israeli gunfire at the Gaza Strip border has killed a Palestinian--the first death since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants halted eight days of deadly fighting.
Palestinian medical officials say Anwar Qdeih was shot as he approached the border fence Friday with a group of Palestinians. Several others were wounded in the violence. Reuters news agency quotes a relative of Qdeih as saying he was trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence.
Israel said troops fired warning shots in the air when a group approached the Israeli border. There was no immediate reaction from Hamas militants.
The violence comes amid more than a day of quiet skies, after an Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect late Wednesday.
Gaza's Hamas prime minister hailed the territory's multiple militant groups for respecting the cease-fire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government was "giving the truce a chance," but was prepared for its possible collapse.