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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Algeria captures Al Qaida infiltrators on motorbikes crossing border from Niger

Algerian security vehicles near the border with Niger.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has reported foiling Al Qaida-aligned infiltration from Niger. The Defense Ministry said at least 20 armed fighters were captured as they crossed the southern border with Niger. The ministry said the suspected insurgency force […]

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New NATO chief is anti-war activist with record of appeasing Russia

Jens Stoltenberg

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Last week, Jens Stoltenberg assumed the position of the Secretary General of NATO, replacing his hawkish predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The new chief is quite Russia-friendly — so much so he was evenly vigorously recruited […]

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Algeria confirms Western intel, announces plans for nuclear program

Algerian Energy Minister Yusef Yusefi. /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has disclosed plans for its long-secret nuclear project. Officials said Algeria was planning to construct its first nuclear energy reactor to reduce dependency on crude oil and natural gas. The officials said the project […]

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Germany subsidizes sale to Israel of world’s most advanced non-nuclear submarine

Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has acquired its most advanced submarine. On Sept. 23, the Israel Navy took delivery of the Dolphin Mk-2 electric-diesel submarine from Germany. The platform, produced by ThyssenKrupp Systems, was said to represent unprecedented […]

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Russia delivers first air defense system to Iraq as part of $4.2 billion deal

Pantsyr-S1 air defense system.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has received advanced air defense systems from Russia. Officials said Russia has sent its first Pantsyr-S1 air defense system to Iraq. The officials said the Pantsyr marked the second stage of a $4.2 billion […]

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Saudi-financed deal would supply advanced Russian weapons systems to Lebanon

Russia has offered to send MiG-29s and other platforms to Lebanon.

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Lebanon and Russia have been examining a weapons deal involving the export of combat platforms to Beirut. They said any deal by Lebanon would be financed by Saudi Arabia. [Related: U.S. delivers vans and pickups […]

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Iraq turns to Russia as deal for U.S. Apaches falls through

Iraq received Mi-35 helicopters from Russia this summer.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. sale of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to Iraq has been stalled. Officials said the Baghdad government has failed to sign a Letter of Notification for the U.S. sale of 24 Apaches. The […]

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Fugitives: Turkey sent ISIL insurgents to Marseille while French police waited at Paris airport

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The French interior minister held talks here after Turkey sent three insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and then Levant to Marseille rather than Paris allowing them to escape. NATO has expressed increasing concern […]

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Terror shadows UN session: Tough rhetoric vs ‘poisonous narrative of Islamic extremism’

Britain’s David Cameron at the UN.  /Telegraph

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The specter and shadow of international terrorism tragically clouded the opening of the UN General Assembly session, yet again. The growing menace from ISIS/ISIL jihadi terrorists threatening the sovereignty of Iraq and Syria […]

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