Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs

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Drone closes down Dubai airport

The busy Dubai International Airport closed for over an hour Saturday after a drone flew into its airspace. The airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said the closure disrupted flights for 69 minutes. This is not the first time a drone has disrupted flights into the airport, which is the base of the long- haul carrier Emirates.

Since February, drone owners have been required to register with the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. Authorities also ban hobbyists from putting cameras or lasers on their drones and flying in certain areas of Dubai, including airport airspace.

Crowds march for gay rights * Thousands of people marched Saturday in colorful gay pride events in Italy, Poland and Croatia urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic nations.

The parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay-rights activists. Italian participants, however, had more reason to celebrate after winning the right to form same-sex civil unions this year.

Still, the Italians said there was far more to be done given the limited nature of the new civil union law, which took effect last Sunday.

Italy doesn't allow same-sex marriage, and gay rights proponents failed to get the civil unions law to include adoption by a gay civil union partner of the biological child of the other person in the union.

Germans rally at U.S. air base for peace * Peace activists demonstrated Saturday outside the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to protest the facility's reported leading role in the U.S. drone program. Ramstein, which is the principal U.S. Air Force facility in Europe, is in a rural area of southwestern Germany, near the city of Kaiserslautern.

About 5,000 people from across Germany helped formed a human chain during the protest, organizers said. Local police put the number of protesters at about 2,000.

Serbians protest secretive demolitions * More than 5,000 people gathered Saturday in the latest in a series of protests in Belgrade triggered by recent shady demolitions in a popular city area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project. …

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