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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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14 Tunisian soldiers killed in Al Qaida attack near Algerian border

Tunisian soldiers gather near the border with Algeria around Mount Chaambi, western Tunisi.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has sustained heavy losses by Al Qaida. At least 14 Tunisian Army soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured in attacks by Al Qaida-aligned units along the border with Algeria. Officials said the […]

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Bomb kills seven soldiers in rare Al Qaida attack inside Algeria

Three soldiers and four auxiliaries were killed after a roadside bomb exploded in western Algeria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Algerian Army has been rocked by an apparent Al Qaida bombing. At least seven soldiers were said to have been killed by an improvised explosive device on July 12 in western Algeria. Officials said […]

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Americans in Algeria warned of Independence Day attack


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has warned of an attack on hotels in Algeria. The State Department has urged employees of the U.S. embassy in Algiers to avoid American-owned or -operated hotels over July 4-5. The department […]

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Morocco attracting Western aerospace, electrical industries

Moroccan Industry Minister Moulay Hafid Alamy

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco continues to draw dual-use Western industry. Morocco has added to its list of major Western contractors that decided to build production facilities in the North African kingdom. On June 16, Morocco hosted a ground-breaking […]

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Intel: ISIL sold crude oil to Assad regime, had covert ties with Iran

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — France has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was selling crude oil to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Officials said French intelligence has tracked ISIL sales of oil from the […]

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U.S. hits French bank with $8.9 billion fine for skirting sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Cuba


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has imposed an unprecedented fine on a French bank accused of violating sanctions on Iran and Sudan. The Justice Department said France’s BNP Paribas pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions […]

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Help wanted: Iraq seeks pilots, maintenance crews for new Russian Su-25s

Russian soldiers unload a Russian Sukhoi SU-25 plane in al-Muthanna Iraqi military base on June 28.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iraq was expected to employ foreign pilots for its new fleet of Su-25 fighter-jets, a report said. The Royal United Services Institute asserted that the Iraq Air Force lacked the pilots and maintenance capability for […]

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