A central figure in videos released by the self-declared Islamic State has been identified as a man from West London. He's seen here dressed in black, threatening Japanese captives Haruna Yukawa (right) and Kenji Goto. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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The European eagle owl, like this one from the Mulhouse Zoo in eastern France, is one of the largest owl species, with a wingspan of about 6 feet. Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A drone is displayed Wednesday at Paris store Azur Modelisme. Law enforcement officials in the city are concerned about recent unexplained drone fly-bys of high-security sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the U.S. embassy. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup (right) sits next to Roberto Gualtieri, the chairman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, during a meeting Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Union's executive branch said the list of Greek reform measures for final approval of the extended rescue loans is sufficiently comprehensive to be a valid starting point. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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An artist's impression of the Qatar Foundation Stadium, one of the venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A FIFA task force recommended today that soccer's showcase tournament be played from late November to the end of December. AP hide caption

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A child plays near Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. Separatists say they've begun to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line — a claim that monitors say they can't verify. Vadim Ghirda/AP hide caption

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On Sunday, thousands of people gathered in Maidan to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations that left scores of protesters dead. Geovien So/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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