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Brussels schools and metro to reopen amid security alert

Brussels has been in lockdown for several days. Credit: Reuters

Schools and the metro are expected to reopen in Brussels on Wednesday, despite the extension of a maximum security alert.

With troops and armed police patrolling the streets of the Belgian capital, Belgian authorities have charged a fifth person with terror offences relating to the attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital on November 13.

The metro system, schools, shopping malls, museums, cinemas and many restaurants have been closed in Brussels for several days after the alert level was raised to the highest of four grades.

A security alert in the capital city has been extended until Monday.

Brussels' main Christmas fair, which attracts around a million people a year, is due to open on November 27. Authorities are to decide on Thursday whether it can be opened.


US 'believes downed Russian jet was hit in Syrian airspace'

A series of images of the jet crashing on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

The United States believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey was hit while flying over Syria after a brief incursion in Turkish airspace, an official has told Reuters.

The US official said the assessment was based on the jet's heat signature.

Barack Obama and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Tuesday about the need to de-escalate tensions with Russia following the incident.

President Obama expressed "support for Turkey's right to defend its sovereignty," a White House spokesman said.

"The leaders agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation and pursuing arrangements to ensure that such," they added.


Tensions between Turkey and Russia increase following warplane downing

Tensions between Turkey and Russia increased today after a Russian warplane was shot down after entering Turkey's airspace near the border with Syria.

It's now believed that both Russian pilots shot down near the Turkey/Syria border have been killed.

Nato and the United Nations have called for calm and have urged both nations to de-escalate the situation.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Man, 18, arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

The cyber attack cost TalkTalk up to £35 million. Credit: PA

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail over the TalkTalk hack.

Personal details of thousands of customers were accessed in the cyber attack at the end of last month.

It is the fifth arrest in a Met Police investigation into alleged data theft from the communications company.

Police said the teenager was detained at an address in Llanelli, Wales and remains in custody.

A 15-year-old boy from County Antrim, two 16-year-old boys from Feltham and Norwich and a 20-year-old man from Staffordshire have also been arrested over the hack.

All were questioned on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences and were released on bail.

Confusion surrounds fate of downed Russian pilots

Turkey says the Russian plane was warned 10 times before it was shot down. Credit: Reuters

Confusion still surrounds the fate of the two Russian pilots shot down after their SU-24 attack jet briefly entered Turkish airspace.

Authorities in Turkey say that the two aircrew are thought to be alive and that the government is attempting to recover them.

But the Russian military say at least one the pilots was shot and killed by troops as he parachuted from the wreck. They also say a marine was killed when a helicopter looking for the downed crew was attacked.

Earlier, Turkmen rebels along the Turkish/Syria border claimed that they shot the men as they fell to earth via parachute.

Both of the pilots were retrieved dead.

Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air.

– Alpaslan Celik, Syrian Turkmen brigade commander.
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