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‘Supergiant’ gas field discovered off Egyptian coast called ‘game changer’

Eni oil rig in the Mediterranean.

Special to WorldTribune.com Italian oil and gas major Eni has discovered what could be the world’s largest natural-gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast. On Aug. 30, Eni said in a press release that it had discovered a […]

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Italian foreign minister: Libya could become next Somalia

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya could become “another Somalia” if the country’s two rival governments fail to reach a peace agreement, Italy’s foreign minister said in a joint statement with the U.S. and European allies. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said time […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

The Vatican.

Special to WorldTribune.com Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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Boat with hundreds fleeing Libya sinks in Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard vessel and helicopter search for survivors on April 19. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Italian media reports say as many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat packed with migrants capsized overnight off the Libyan coast. As news of the tragedy spread, French […]

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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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Shunned by U.S., Egypt strengthens defense, energy ties with Europe

French President Francois Hollande with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris, on Nov. 26. / Alain Jocard / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt, shunned by the United States, has been forming strategic relations with Europe. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi has been welcomed as a strategic partner by several members of the European Union. During a European […]

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The path to happiness for new EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini

FedericaMogherini

Special to WorldTribune.com New age religion: The road to universal happiness passes through the creation of the Palestinian State. By Alexander Maistrovoy Right after taking office, Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign minister, said she “would be happy if by […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

CF-3 Flt 4 Endurance flight

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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