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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

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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

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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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Influx of African migrants by sea spurs EU to expand maritime security

An Italian Coast Guard boat carry rescued migrants as they arrive in the port of Lampedusa on  Oct. 3.  /AP/Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service, HO

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union wants to increase maritime security patrols to stop the flow of migrants from the Middle East. The EU has been mulling plans to expand maritime operations that would prevent migrant ships from […]

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Out of Lebanon: UN faces imminent pullout of EU peacekeepers

UNIFIL forces in Lebanon.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The United Nations is bracing for a withdrawal by European Union peacekeepers from Lebanon. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon has been consulting with EU states on the prospect of an imminent withdrawal from Lebanon. […]

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EU lists Hizbullah as terrorist organization but will continue aid to Lebanon

Hizbullah fighters parade in Beirut holding Lebanese flags and the yellow flag of the militant Shia Muslim group. Photograph: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union has agreed to designate what it termed the military wing of Hizbullah as a terrorist group. EU foreign ministers said Hizbullah’s military wing would be designated a terrorist entity, a classification meant […]

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U.S. moves ‘assets and personnel’ near Libya in case they are ‘called upon’

Pentagon spokesman George Little.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported the preparation of troops to intervene in Libya. The Defense Department said the U.S. military has sent troops near the coast of the North African state over the last seven […]

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Saudi bank warning: U.S. debt ratio same as Italy’s

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has warned the financial community of a decline of the U.S. dollar. Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank said the debt burden of the United States has reached the same ratio of Italy, […]

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Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Iran Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Iranian Air Force has surprised the U.S. military with the interception of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the interception of the U.S. […]

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Europe gets the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity

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John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Baltics and the Balkans has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others […]

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