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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 successfully hit the target thousands of miles away at the Kura test center in the Kamchatka peninsula. RS-24 Yars is an advanced version of the Topol-M ballistic missile. It is the Russian Strategic […]

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Britain eyes permanent post-Afghan presence in the Persian Gulf

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Britain has been searching for a permanent military presence in the Gulf. Officials said the British military was seeking to transfer assets from Afghanistan to allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The officials said the assets could be deployed in a base in one of the six GCC states. […]

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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” 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 […]

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S. Sudan government charges Khartoum backing rebels who claim key oil town

South Sudan troops wrested control of Bentiu from rebels in January but have lost the town again.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Rebels have claimed the capture of an oil-rich area of South Sudan. On April 15, the rebels, despite a ceasefire agreement, said they captured Bentiu, a city in the oil-rich Wehda state. The rebels said they were advancing in Wehda and would end operations by foreign energy contractors. The South […]

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Putin plays the Iran card: Kremlin won’t be ‘bound’ by U.S. sanctions

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Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Iran and Russia have been discussing the resumption of strategic relations. Officials said the Kremlin has been negotiating terms for Russian nuclear, military and energy projects in Iran. The officials said the projects would not violate United Nations sanctions, but would take into account the easing of measures by the […]

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Chechens played key role in Syria, honed skills before returning home

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Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — Chechen fighters have been playing a major role in Syria. Opposition sources and Western analysts agreed that Saudi Arabia has facilitated the recruitment of more than 1,000 Islamist fighters from Russia’s autonomous Chechnya. They said the Chechens significantly bolstered their presence in the Sunni revolt in Syria since Riyad […]

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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government […]

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Loss of joint major weapons projects keenly felt by Russia, Ukraine

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com After the UK, France, the U.S. and other key NATO member states’ suspended all military cooperation with Russia, the Ukrainian government likewise announced it would terminate all joint weapons development projects with Moscow. On the face of it, this would not seem to be a major development considering […]

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U.S. calls on Muslim allies Turkey and Morocco to train Libya’s ‘weak’ military

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said the Obama administration has reached out to Muslim allies within and outside NATO to help rebuild Libya’s military. The officials cited Morocco and Turkey, the latter which recently completed a training course for Libyan soldiers. “The Libyan institutions across the board are very, very weak after the […]

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China invests heavily in Sudanese energy sector, infrastructure

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — China and Sudan have agreed to expand crude oil exploration. The two allies signed several agreements to explore for oil in the Arab state. Under the accords, signed last month, China would fund the exploration projects, expected to be conducted by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. Officials said China, […]

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