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A daily update on the big picture, rounding up links, perspective, and analysis. We scour the Web for important stories from new and traditional news sources around the world.



 



ISIS plot? Belgium arrests two suspects in New Year's terrorist plan

Two people in possession of Islamic State propaganda were arrested in raids in and around Brussels Sunday and Monday, sparking renewed concerns about Belgium's homegrown jihadi insurgency. 

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Why do Western women join the Islamic State?

Despite stories of escapees, women are joining the Islamic State at an exponential rate. An Austrian teen was reportedly killed recently when she tried to escape.

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Turkey shoots down Russian fighter plane near Syria border

The fate of the two pilots who ejected from the downed plane is unclear. Turkey had objected last week that Russia was bombing Turkmen rebels in Syria. 

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Paris suspect eludes Belgium police as lockdown continues in Brussels (+video)

Police and military vehicles are patrolling the streets, while the metro and schools remain closed. 

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France extends state of emergency, kicking off Europe-wide debate on rights (+video)

The French prime minister on Thursday warned of a possible chemical attack and urged lawmakers to approve expanded police powers.

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Two dead as French police raid Paris suburb seeking terror suspect

The suburb of St. Denis awoke Wednesday to the sound of gunfire and explosions. French police continue to hunt suspects linked to last week's attacks.

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Russia vows revenge after Kremlin confirms bomb caused Egypt crash

The Metrojet jet was downed over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, an attack claimed by Islamic State. Russian officials say there is growing consensus with Western powers on fighting Islamist terrorism.

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France widens manhunt for terror suspects as PM warns of future attacks (+video)

France has arrested 23 people in raids across the country and recovered a cache of weapons in the city of Lyon. A Belgium-born suspect is among those being sought by authorities. 

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Jordan shaken by officer's attack on American, South African trainers

Jordanian officials haven't commented on the likely motives of the gunman who turned on his trainers at a police facility on Monday. Six people died in the attack, including the Jordanian attacker.

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US commander says South China Sea is no 'exception' to navigation rights

South Korea and other US allies in Asia have welcomed the US Navy's assertion of navigation rights near reclaimed islands controlled by China. 

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In wake of US patrol, US and China hold talks on South China Sea (+video)

The USS Lassen sailed close to a Chinese manmade island on Tuesday. Tensions have been mounting over China's territorial claims in the area. 

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Irking China, US sends naval destroyer on patrol in South China Sea

China has criticized the sail-past of a US warship close to an uninhabited reef in the South China Sea that China has occupied. The US and others contest China's territorial claims there.

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On Holocaust, Netanyahu countered by Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans (+video)

Netanyahu's claim that the then-grand mufti of Jerusalem, and not Hitler, conceived of the Holocaust is being ridiculed as a 'dangerous distortion' and an attempt to demonize all Palestinians.

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To Russia, with love: Assad makes rare trip abroad to visit key ally Putin

The Syrian president's visit to Moscow, his first known visit abroad since the civil war began, indicates confidence in how the conflict is developing now that Russia has entered the fray.

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As tensions spike in Israel, asylum-seeker mistaken for attacker is killed (+video)

An Eritrean man was shot and beaten on Sunday after being mis-identified as a second attacker in the shooting of an Israeli soldier.

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US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea (+video)

China has constructed islands in an area claimed by some of its neighbors. It says it has an exclusion zone around these islands, which is at odds with the US position. 

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Philippine militants make first demands in hostage video

The group Abu Sayyaf may be responsible for the kidnapping of two Canadians, a Filipino, and a Norwegian in the troubled southern region of the country. 

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Attacks kill 3 in Israel, fueling concern about Palestinian uprising (+video)

Tuesday, which the militant group Hamas declared a 'day of rage,' saw four attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv. 

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NATO says it's ready to defend Turkey amid 'troubling escalation' in Syria (+video)

Russia's military intervention in Syria has jolted NATO and provoked frustration in Washington. On Wednesday, Russia launched cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea. 

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Doctors group: Don't brush aside Afghan hospital attack as 'mistake' (+video)

The US airstrike on the Afghan hospital in which 22 people were killed has prompted Doctors Without Borders to call for an investigation into possible war crimes.

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