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U.S. intel chief: ISIL has cells in UK, Germany, Italy

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has established cells in the UK, Germany, and Italy, the U.S. director of national intelligence said. “We continue to see evidence of plotting on the part of ISIL in (the […]

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500 on overcrowded boat from Libya said lost at sea

Mowlid Isman, 28, from Somalia, left, speaks as Muaz Mahmud, 25, from Ethiopia looks on during a press conference organized by non-governmental organizations in Athens, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The two men say they are... (AP Photo/Theodora Tongas

Special to WorldTribune.com Two men who survived when an overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy described the tragic events that led to the deaths of as many as 500 people. Muaz Mahmud Aymo, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, […]

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Decriminalization efforts target ISIL-Mafia partnership in marijuana trafficking

Italy is wasting resources on fighting marijuana trafficking with little results, the country's top prosecutor said.

The decriminalization of marijuana would strike a huge blow against the Italian Mafia and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the mob’s trafficking partners in North Africa, Italy’s top prosecutor said. “Decriminalization or even legalization would definitely be a […]

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Italy allows U.S. to use Sicily air base for drone missions in Libya

The US must get permission from the Italian government each time it wants to release an armed drone.  /Alamy

Special to WorldTribune.com The Italian government has given the U.S. the go-ahead to fly armed drones out of an American base in Sicily for missions against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Libya. The drones are based at […]

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Italy covers naked statues in ‘sign of respect’ for visiting Iran leader

plywood panels cover naked statues inside the Campidoglio, Capitol Hill, during a meeting between Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in Rome, Italy, January 25, 2016. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Italy on Jan. 25 covered nude statues in deference to the visiting leader of one of the world’s top state sponsors of terrorism. Nude statues at Rome’s Capitoline Museum were covered by large white panels in an […]

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Iran’s Rouhani takes victory tour with stops in Italy, France and the Vatican

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s nuclear deal victory tour will include visits to Italy, Vatican City and France. On Jan. 16, Europe, as well as the United States, lifted sanctions on Teheran after the International Atomic Energy Agency […]

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Italy sending 450 troops to protect engineers, unstable Mosul Dam from ISIL

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters guard Mosul Dam in August 2014.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Italy is deploying 450 soldiers to protect Iraq’s vital Mosul Dam from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The dam is 30 miles from the city of Mosul, which ISIL controls. Officials fear a catastrophe for local […]

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Face of evil resurfaces in Paris: ISIL jubilant as EU, U.S. confront intel and info war failures

The wounded are evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall on Friday, Nov. 13. / Yoan Valat / EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The French capital was under siege again as a brazen, coordinated attack on six popular Parisian locations was carried out on Nov. 13 by what is almost certainly an Islamic terrorist group, […]

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Rouhani: For U.S.-Iran ties to be restored, U.S. must apologize

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  /AP/Ebrahim Noroozi

Special to WorldTribune.com If relations between Iran and the United States are to be restored, the U.S. must apologize for its past behavior, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Nov. 12. Rouhani, who earlier had said the nuclear deal with […]

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Convicted terrorist arrested among migrants on boat bound for Europe

Ben Nasr Mehdi

Special to WorldTribune.com Italian police last month detained a convicted terrorist who was hiding among asylum seekers on a boat from Libya. Police in Sicily confirmed that they detained Ben Nasr Mehdi, a Tunisian who was first arrested in Italy […]

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