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Religious freedom report: Worldwide upheaval encouraging ‘systematic’ intolerance

Purple indicates high religious persecution and red, medium religious persecution in a 2014 report on religious freedom.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The latest report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says religious freedom across the world deteriorated in 2015. According to the report released on May 2, the global refugee […]

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Report: Russia breaks military deal with U.S. in Syria

A Russian Su-24 attack aircraft sweeps low over the USS Donald Cook.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Russian planes have carried out “simulated attacks” on U.S. jets over Syria in what is seen as a breach of last year’s military agreement between Moscow and Washington, a report said. The two countries signed a memorandum […]

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Latest NATO security threat: Russia’s nuclear force modernization


Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Russian president Vladimir Putin’s use of Russian conventional forces to destabilize Ukraine and prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime certainly got the attention of Western analysts and policy makers. But now, […]

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Moscow brushes off ‘distressed’ U.S. reactions to close encounters with U.S. destroyer

A Sukhoi Su-24 jet makes a low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook on April 12.  /U.S. Navy/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Russia defended the pilots of two Su-24s that buzzed an American guided-missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea. The Russian jets approached the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) on April 11 at an “unsafe” speed and altitude, a U.S. […]

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New twist: Is Putin behind Panama Papers leak?

Vladimir Putin has weathered much bigger storms than the Panama Papers, an ex-Russian official said.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com A new twist on the Panama Papers bombshell posits that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the mastermind behind the leaked documents. Clifford Gaddy, an adviser to the Russian finance ministry in the 1990s, contends that Putin […]

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Panama Papers implicate relatives of Xi, other top China leaders

China’s new Politburo Standing Committee members (from L to R) Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Qishan.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Panama Papers have impacted officials at the top of China’s hierarchy which has spent the past year purging top rivals of President Xi Jinping on charges of corruption. At least three of the seven people on […]

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Moscow need not apply: China’s new Central Asia military alliance

Gen. Fang Fenghui, left, with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Geostrategy-Direct Chinese PLA’s chief of staff has officially proposed a Central Asia military alliance that excludes Russia. The proposal was advanced by Gen. Fang Fenghui last month in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani spoke positively about […]

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Khamenei: Missiles, not negotiations, are key to Iran’s future

Iran test fires a surface-to-surface Qiam missile in 2010.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that missiles, not negotiations, are the key to his country’s future. Khamenei’s remark, posted on his official website on March 30, came as Western […]

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ISIL claims responsibility for attack in Caucasus that killed 10 Russian soldiers

Cacausus Province jihadists.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed its Russian affiliate set off two explosions in Dagestan on March 29 that killed 10 Russian soldiers. The ISIL affiliate, Caucasus Province, launched the attack on the city of […]

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Russia now world’s top gold buyer after surpassing China in February


Special to WorldTribune.com Russia is in the midst of a gold rush. A recent spending spree by Moscow’s central bank has made Russia the world’s top gold buyer. Moscow added 356,000 ounces of the precious metal to its reserves in […]

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