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Guns of August: A century after , the U.S. is aloof


By John J. Metzler VIENNA, Austria–The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great […]

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Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased it into Swedish airspace. The incident barely registered as a […]

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ISIL recruitment drive ‘very worrisome’ to North African governments

ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, with control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, has set its sights on North Africa. Islamist sources said ISIL has intensified recruiting in several countries in North Africa. […]

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Russia’s navy is making waves in France

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there’s a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of […]

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U.S. State Department warns against travel to Algeria


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has warned against visiting Algeria. The State Department said Americans face the prospect of abduction or bombings in Algeria. In its latest travel advisory, the department warned Americans against visiting the North […]

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Who armed ISIL? Former Soviet bloc nations aided by Turkey, sources say

ISIL fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has received weapons shipments from the former East Bloc. Diplomatic sources said ISIL has been ordering anti-tank weapons, rockets, mortars, body armor and communications through fronts in Europe. […]

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London warns it may cancel arms exports to Israel

UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Britain has warned of an imminent suspension of defense licenses for Israel. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron said it targeted a range of arms export licenses for Israel. The licenses were identified as […]

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Putin assures Egypt’s Sisi that Moscow ‘ready to expand cooperation’

Egypt's Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Russia's Vladimir Putin, 12 August 2014 (Photo courtesy of the Russian presidency

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has pledged to accelerate military deliveries to Egypt. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin would ensure that Egypt would soon receive billions of dollars worth of Russian weapons. Putin, in a meeting with […]

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France finds it’s in a lose-lose position on warship delivery to Russia

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com France is clearly caught between a rock and a hard place on its scheduled delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia. The carriers are being outfitted at a time when the entire Western world […]

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Russia’s Gazprom continues oil exploration in Kurdistan

Gazprom 3D seismic surveyors.

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has continued to explore for energy in war-torn Iraq. Russia’s Gazprom Neft has been drilling an exploration well in the Shakal block in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Under the project, Gazprom also planned […]

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