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U.S. backs UN measure to restore Western Sahara mission

UN vehicle drives past the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory.  /AFP/Fadel Senna

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is supporting a resolution to restore the UN mission in Western Sahara. The UN said the resolution addresses an “urgent need” to restore the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) […]

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From Arab winter to Persian spring?


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Five years after the onset of the pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with […]

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Africa’s top arms-buyer alarmed by Morocco’s recent arms purchases

Moroccan CH-47 Chinook helicopter

Special to WorldTribune.com Algeria, the number one arms purchaser on the African continent, has voiced concerns that the number two arms purchaser, Morocco, is purchasing too many arms. After reports that Morocco had acquired Russian-made missile batteries, the Algerian newspaper […]

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Morocco petitions Google to remove Polisario Front from map


Special to WorldTribune.com A petition recently launched in Morocco calls on Google to correct its map of the kingdom by removing the so-called “Polisario Front.” The current Google map shows Morocco divided by a line that separates the kingdom from […]

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Post-Gadhafi Libya now a jihadist springboard backed by Iran, Qatar, Sudan and Turkey

Rome now a target: Security forces have bee deployed at selected sites due to terror threats from ISIL. / Winston Ross / Newsweek

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The consolidation of a self-proclaimed Caliphate in eastern Libya provides the jihadist camp with springboard into Africa and southern Europe. That strategic thrust, supported […]

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


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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Algeria concerned Al Qaida or ISIL could be smuggling uranium


Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria plans to establish a network to monitor the flow of nuclear material along its borders. Officials said the government has approved a plan to install equipment to inspect incoming goods for radiation. They said […]

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Algeria plans $70 billion shale gas investment


Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria plans to invest at least $70 billion to develop its shale energy sector. Algeria’s state-owned energy monopoly Sonatrach has drafted a 20-year plan to develop natural gas from shale. Sonatrach intends to explore and […]

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Algeria confronts returning veterans in form of growing ISIL presence

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has begun confronting the new presence of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Security sources said ISIL has been organizing cells and conducting operations in remote areas of eastern Algeria. They said ISIL was […]

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German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with the opposition to lobby against major German weapons deals with Middle East allies. Clergymen said the lobbying reduced […]

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