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U.S. closes embassy in Yemen, suspends military aid

U.S. Embassy Yemen

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The U.S. embassy in Yemen has closed. Less than a week after the Iranian-backed Shi’ite coup, the U.S. embassy in Sanaa said it would suspend services. The embassy also indicated that most of its staffers […]

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China deploys combat troops to protect vast oil assets in S. Sudan

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Africa has become so important to China that it actually deployed combat troops to a strife-ridden region to safeguard Chinese-owned or operated oil facilities. South Sudan declared independence in 2010 from Sudan for […]

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Greece lurches left, but warming ties with Israel may not be affected

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The election in Greece on Jan. 25, of a radical-left Syriza (an acronym for the Coalition of the Radical Left: Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás) government in Greece will have […]

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TV footage captures joint assault by Hizbullah, Syrian Army

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Hizbullah and the Syrian Army have been shown in joint operations near the border with Israel and Lebanon. Lebanese television broadcast a joint operation by the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah and Syrian Army units in the Golan […]

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Al Qaida’s Nusra leads U.S.-backed rebels in major offensive against Syrian Army

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of Levant has launched a major offensive in southern Syria. Nusra has organized Islamic and U.S.-backed rebel militias for an offensive against the Syrian Army in the southern […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Saudi-backed rebels from Army of Islam shell major Syrian cities

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic rebels have conducted one of their biggest rocket attacks in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Islamic militia attacks on at least three major Syrian cities. The British-based opposition group said the […]

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ISIL looks to Afghanistan but faces resistance from the Taliban, Pakistan, China

ISIL forces in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant is seeking to capitalize on its summer offensives in Syria and Iraq by establishing itself as the leader of Islamist militancy – this, at the expense […]

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Hamas plans to open passenger port to ‘link Gaza with the outside world’

Artist's concept of an expanded port.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas has disclosed plans to expand its sea port for passenger travel. A Hamas ministerial committee said the Gaza City port would be prepared to accept passenger vessels. The panel said the port would […]

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Report: Germany classified list of companies that helped build Syria’s CW stockpile

A U.N. chemical weapons expert holds sample from an alleged chemical weapons near Damascus, Syria in August 2013. / Mohamed Abdullah / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany concealed a list of companies that helped Syria’s chemical weapons program. A leading German publication asserted that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to release a list of German companies suspected of […]

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