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Police Report 'Dozen' Drone Sightings over Paris

Paris police on Wednesday said the public had reported around a dozen drone sightings over sensitive areas of the French capital -- the latest in a baffling series of overflights.

Authorities are now scrambling to work out "if all the reports were really drone flights," said a police source who declined to be named.

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Diplomats Seek End to Bangladesh Unrest as Zia Misses Court

Diplomats called for an end to the violent unrest in Bangladesh as tensions rose further Wednesday when opposition leader Khaleda Zia again failed to appear at a corruption trial despite facing the threat of arrest.

Mission heads from nine countries, including the United States and several European countries, met Zia at her office late Tuesday where the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader has been holed up since early January.

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South Sudan: Sanctions Threat an Obstacle to Peace

United Nations sanctions aimed at bringing an end to South Sudan's civil war would be counterproductive if imposed, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a U.S.-drafted resolution outlining a sanctions regime that will allow for worldwide travel bans and asset freezes for "spoilers" of the peace process and a possible arms embargo. However, no sanctions have actually been imposed.

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Turkish Airlines Plane Skids off Nepal Runway

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport on Wednesday and skidded onto nearby grassland.

Aviation officials said no one on board was injured, although one witness described how terrified passengers leapt from their seats as the cabin filled with smoke after the plane skidded to a halt.

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Emwazi Father Says No Proof his Son is 'Jihadi John'

The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumors" circulating.

"There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media, especially through video clips and footage, that the accused is my son Mohammed, who is being referred to as the alleged executioner of Daesh (Islamic State)," Jassem Emwazi told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas.

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Court Fines Reporter for Drone Flights over Paris

A French court Tuesday fined a British journalist 1,000 euros ($1,100) for flying a drone over central Paris and confiscated the machine, as authorities scramble to explain a recent series of mysterious overflights.

Tristan Redman, 34, from the Qatar-based network Al-Jazeera, was arrested last month in the Bois de Boulogne park on the western edge of the French capital along with two other journalists.

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MH370 Families Trapped in 'Black Hole' One Year Later

Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalized with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370.

A. Amirtham, a retired Malaysian clinic worker, suffers fainting spells and a lack of sleep and appetite over the disappearance of her only son Puspanathan. 

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Australians on Indonesia Death Row Arrive on Execution Island

Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were woken early and given a few minutes to get ready before leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail in the early hours, said local justice ministry official Nyoman Putra Surya.

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Group: 450 Killed in China's Xinjiang Last Year, Mostly Uighurs

More than 450 people were killed in China's restive mainly Muslim Xinjiang region last year, a rights group said -- with three times as many deaths among members of the Uighur minority than ethnic Han Chinese.

Xinjiang has seen a wave of unrest, labeled by authorities as "terrorism" and blamed on "separatists", which has sometimes spread to other parts of China.

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Protests over Police Killing of LA Homeless Man

Angry protesters hit the streets of Los Angeles on Tuesday demanding justice, two days after graphic video footage that went viral showed police shooting dead a homeless man.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters to protest Sunday's killing, the latest in a spate of fatal shootings of African Americans at the hands of police officers.

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