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Irony: Main hope for stopping disastrous nuclear deal is France and Iran itself

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 16. / Brian Snyder / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fred Fleitz Earlier this week, AP reported that a final nuclear deal with Iran would allow it to enrich uranium with 6,000 centrifuges and some sanctions would be immediately suspended. The report also said there would […]

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French rattled by drone sighting near landmarks; Morocco bans imports

The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Special to WorldTribune.com In the past week, the government of Morocco banned all import of drones for security reasons, and unidentified drones were spotted flying near the U.S. embassy in Paris. “Of course terrorists could very well use not just […]

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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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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches

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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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As Europe faces mounting threats, Turkey questions NATO role

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at U.S. Patriot missile system in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey’s future role in NATO in increasingly uncertain. Officials said Turkey, with the second largest army, would not respond to a NATO decision to double its rapid-response force and form a new unit, Middle East […]

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Hamas prepares to open international port with backing from Turkey, Qatar, Greece, EU

Artist's concept of an expanded port.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas is set to challenge Israel and open the Gaza Strip’s port to international traffic. Palestinian sources said Hamas was refurbishing the port south of Gaza City to receive foreign ships for passenger and […]

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Shameful: 70 years after Liberation of Paris rally, U.S. president was absent

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — More than a million people along with forty-four world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre […]

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Obama, the Great Conciliator, makes solidarity a one-man show

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — Incredibly, President Obama was the missing man among world leaders massed in tight formation in the front rank of the peace march mourning the slaughter of a dozen people at the […]

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Europol assesses continental threat from 5,000 returning jihad fighters

Europol director Rob Wainwright: "It is certainly the most serious terrorist threat Europe has faced since 9/11."

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union has determined that 5,000 nationals have been transformed into jihad fighters linked to Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The EU police force, Eupol, assessed that as many as […]

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