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U.S., Yemen attacks kill 55 ‘leading and dangerous elements’ of Al Qaida »

Yemenis look at a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a U.S. drone in Yemen's al-Bayda province on April 19.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen and the United States have launched intense air strikes on Al Qaida. Officials said up to 55 Al Qaida fighters were killed in U.S. and Yemeni air…

Deal’s off: Kurdish insurgents streaming back into Turkey »

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey’s intelligence community has determined that Kurdish insurgents returned from their bases in Iraq and Syria. In a report by two intelligence agencies, the Kurdish Workers Party was…

Saudi opposition reports King Abdullah has terminal lung cancer »

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi King Abdullah was said to be dying of cancer. An opposition research group said Abdullah was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, quoting…

Sources: Syrian jihad coming to Egypt with help from Turkey, Qatar and Obama »

A fighter celebrates after firing a missile toward a building where Syrian troops were hiding. /Boston.com

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The struggle for Egypt is on the verge of a major escalation as the key sponsors of the…

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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis »

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates.…

Egypt intel: Hamas provided Muslim Brotherhood safe haven in Gaza to plan terror ops »

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has determined that Muslim Brotherhood fighters were receiving weapons and combat training in…

Israeli military plans to shield Christian Arab recruits from Muslim pressure »

An Israeli recruit on his first day of military service gets a vaccine injection (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Read more: In Arab Israel, a battle over Christian conscription | The Times of Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military  has been authorized to launch the recruitment of thousands of Christian…

Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour »

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of…

U.S., Yemen attacks kill 55 ‘leading and dangerous elements’ of Al Qaida »

Yemenis look at a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a U.S. drone in Yemen's al-Bayda province on April 19.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen and the United States have launched intense air strikes on Al Qaida. Officials…

Syrian attacks on rebels near Golan Heights puts Israel on alert »

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian military has launched air and artillery strikes on rebel strongholds in the…

Al Qaida militia establishes base in Gaza, trains Palestinians for ops in Iraq, Syria »

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria. /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s leading militia in the Levant has claimed a presence in the Gaza…

Abbas threatens to bail on the Palestinian Authority »

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority could decide to disband the regime in the West Bank. Officials…

Egypt: U.S. strategic ties on hold

Rumors of military purge swirl in Beijing

Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims »

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country’s eastern regions bordering Russia. On the other, rhetorical posturing by the United States…

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars »

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Union. In their view, America was to blame for…

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two might form an alliance and fight the third one, the odd man out. Rather than…

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Egalitarian wasteland: Welcome, new parents, to the public education system you are paying for! »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The moment finally came. My husband and I looked at one another with pride and began that gleeful conversation: Is he ready for preschool? We concluded our first-born and four-year-old son, having enjoyed years of nurturing in the home, is indeed at last ready to begin his formal education…

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Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) »

Lev Navrozov “Lev, this is Julie. Do you remember me?” The voice on the phone sounded familiar. She went on: “Almost forty years ago, I believe the year was 1975, I went to see your play ‘Welcome to Soviet America!’ at Carnegie Hall. It was a one-actor play, in which you played all the roles,…

Life and Look magazines herald the 50th Anniver­sary of the USSR, 1967.

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Egypt: Strategic dialogue with U.S. on hold, pending ‘normal relations’ »

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com CAIRO — The United States has halted its strategic dialogue with Egypt. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has suspended what had been a…

Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour »

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like…

Russian ICBM hit target thousands of miles away amid Ukraine crisis »

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On April 14, a mobile missile launched at the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia…

Analyst warns Chinese incursion could ‘drain’ critical Israeli tech »

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8.  /Reuters/Jason Lee

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Israel has undergone a debate over whether to allow major Chinese penetration in the business…

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Britain eyes permanent post-Afghan presence in the Persian Gulf »

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Britain has been searching for a permanent military presence in the Gulf. Officials said the British…

Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims »

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous”…

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Russian ICBM hit target thousands of miles away amid Ukraine crisis »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On April 14, a mobile missile launched at the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia successfully hit the target thousands of miles away…

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