Turkey says that after issuing 10 warnings in five minutes, two of its F-16s shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey claims violated its airspace.

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In a West Bank settlement, Israelis are taking down a synagogue. The country's highest court ordered its removal because it was built without a permit on property owned by Palestinians.

It's a rare move, and the story of how this came to be reveals a heated debate around judicial activism, government money, and settlers' political power.

Two weeks ago, the Ayalet HaShahar synagogue in the Giv'at Ze'ev settlement was packed with young Israeli men.

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Belgium has had a reputation for many things. Chocolate. Beer. French fries with mayonaisse.

But a hotbed for jihadist activity? 

Two of the terrorists involved in the November 13 Paris attacks were identified as French citizens from the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. That district has also been linked to two other major Islamic teror attacks: The rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices and a plot against a train from Paris to Belgium.

What is it about Belgium? How did it get on this particular map?

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One of the men who blew themselves up near the soccer stadium in Paris on Nov. 13 had a passport near his body.

French and Greek officials later said that the bomber's fingerprints matched those of a man who had arrived on European shores on October 3. He had gone to Turkey, Greece and later on to France.

But the passport turned out to be fake.

His was one of thousands of fake Syrian passports in circulation today. Syrian passports have become valuable with the rise in the number of refugees and the war in Syria.

An explosive belt was found on the southern outskirts of Paris, and is said to contain the same metal bolts and explosives as the belts worn by suicide bombers in the deadly Paris attacks on Nov. 13.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that analysts say the belt, which was found in a trash bin, could belong to the missing alleged eighth attacker, Salah Abdeslam. She adds:

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