FRANCE

Thousands protest in Paris

Thousands of people marched in the Paris rain on Saturday to denounce plans to renew France’s state of emergency and revoke the French citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism. Human rights groups, politicians and unions joined the march in the French capital, and in other demonstrations around France. The protests came just days before the Cabinet plans to review a measure on Wednesday to prolong the state of emergency, first imposed after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. The state of emergency gives more power to police and administrative authorities, allowing for searches without warrants, house arrests and other measures.

CHINA

Mass travel gets underway

Chinese are packing train and bus stations as the peak travel season kicks into high gear this weekend with hundreds of millions of people going home for Spring Festival celebrations — or heading for vacation destinations. Chinese travelers are expected to make 2.9 billion trips during the 40-day period between Jan. 21 and March 3, with the majority of those trips falling in the weeks around the Feb. 8 Lunar New Year, the Ministry of Transport said. This year’s travel crush — considered the largest annual human migration — may be relatively less severe due to a lackluster economy. By comparison, Chinese made 3.6 billion trips during the same holiday period in 2014.

SWITZERLAND

Opposition issues demands

The main Syrian opposition delegation vowed Saturday not to participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the government unless their demands are met, including lifting the siege imposed on rebel-held areas and an end to Russian and Syrian bombardment of regions controlled by opposition fighters. The oppositions warned that if these conditions are not met, there will be no reason for the team to stay in Geneva, where indirect peace talks began Friday.

TURKEY

Possible Picasso recovered

Turkish police and media say police have recovered an oil painting that looks like a Picasso in a sting operation in Istanbul. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Saturday that police posed as buyers for the painting, detaining two suspects who tried to sell it for $8 million. Anadolu said the painting is an authentic work by Pablo Picasso stolen from a woman in New York. But Istanbul police said the painting hasn’t been authenticated.

Compiled from wire reports