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Rumsfeld on how to deal with ISIL threat, Valerie Jarrett and Vladimir Putin

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "The president has got two more years. It seems to me the only thing that could change it is not going to be the press. It's not going to be the Congress." / Chad J. McNeeley / Department of Defense.

Special to WorldTribune.com Greta Van Susteren, Feb. 17, FOX News: They are savages. And tonight, more news breaking. ISIS militants have reportedly burned to death 45 people in Iraq. The horrifying slaughter taking place in the western Iraqi town of […]

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French jet fighter deal with Egypt causes heartburn in Beijing

Dassault Rafale fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As the Egyptian Air Force jets were pounding ISIS targets in Libya to avenge the 21 beheaded Egyptian Christians, Cairo was signing a major deal with France to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters. […]

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Once beyond hope, Africa’s Sahel region is now targeted by terror

Sahel

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability. Yet these oft-forgotten lands are increasingly making the […]

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Merkel government approves Arab arms exports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the late Saudi King Abdullah on May 25, 2010. / dpa

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has approved the delivery of combat platforms to Arab militaries. The Federal Security Council has endorsed a recommendation by the government to export a range of combat platforms and equipment to Egypt, Kuwait and […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Report: Russia to establish military bases in EU member Cyprus

CyprusBases

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A Russian publication has reported that Cyprus has agreed to allow Russia to establish air and naval bases in its territory, causing a major stir within the EU community. The news was first […]

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DIA sees Assad winning war thanks to strategic backing from Iran, Russia

Aleppo

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community continues to see President Bashar Assad as winning the war against Sunni rebels in Syria. The Defense Intelligence Agency said the Assad regime has overcome a manpower shortage to block the […]

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Report: Sudan Army uses rape in Darfour as policy

UN investigators interview Darfour alleged rape victims in 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Sudanese Army has been using rape as policy in a rebel province, a report said. Human Rights Watch said the Sudanese Army has been systematically raping women and girls in the western province of […]

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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches

EndOfPaxAmerican

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm (or no stupid “stuff”) rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president […]

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EU leader worries Jewish flight could threaten future of Euro

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONSON — The European Union has expressed concern over the prospect of a Jewish exodus. A senior official has warned that the flight of European Jews could harm member states. European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans acknowledged […]

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