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Gibraltar rocks again: Spain threatens anti-UK alliance with Argentina

Spain plans to close airspace for flights using Gibraltar airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Exactly 300 years after the Treaty of Utrecht settled the century-long royal spat between Spain and England, the last remaining territorial issue between the two countries flared up again in recent weeks. At issue is the sovereignty of Gibraltar which overlooks the vital isthmus connecting the Mediterranean and […]

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World’s largest solar facility is in United Arab Emirates, of all places

The $600 million Shams-1 project took three years to build.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has launched the world’s largest solar power plant. Shams-1 was designed to generate 100 megawatts of solar power, which comprised 10 percent of global renewable energy. The $600 million facility, inaugurated on March 17 in Abu Dhabi, generated power through mirrors or lenses as part […]

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Algeria presses energy firms to remain despite terror strikes

BP said it had about 56 employees in Algeria at the time of the Ein Amenas attack, and more than 25 had been pulled out of the country among several hundred staff from other companies.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has urged foreign energy companies to remain in the North African country in wake of a major attack by Al Qaida. Officials said the Energy Ministry was contacting Western and other foreign contractors to maintain operations in Algeria. The officials said the Energy Ministry assured such companies as British […]

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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 may smirk, and many, when they think about it for a second time, may say […]

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Spain moves to block exports of nuclear components to Iran

The reactor building of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.  /AP/File

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — On Nov. 26, the Spanish government reported a raid on a Spanish firm suspected of selling components for Iran’s nuclear program. The Finance Ministry said an unidentified company was believed to have sold turbine propellers sought by an Iranian nuclear facility. The Spanish ministry said the turbines were meant to […]

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Algeria for first time joins Morocco in Western exercise

Royal Moroccan Navy SIGMA Class frigate.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Algeria and Morocco have joined in a major Western naval exercise. Algeria and Morocco participated in Seaborder-2012 in the Mediterranean Sea in September 2012. Officials said the two North African neighbors and longtime rivals cooperated in a series of maritime security drills meant to enhance regional efforts against insurgency, smuggling […]

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Solar plane transits harsh Moroccan conditions without fuel

Solar Impulse.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has hosted the largest demonstration of a solar-powered aircraft. The Swiss-origin Solar Impulse has used Morocco to demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to fly without fuel and under harsh conditions. Solar Impulse, operated by pilot Andre Borschberg, succeeded in flying from Morocco’s capital, Rabat, to the southern Moroccan town of […]

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Solar aircraft flies from Spain to Morocco ‘without a drop of fuel’

The Solar Impulse.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has become the host of the first transcontinental flight by a solar-powered aircraft. The Solar Impulse aircraft was said to have arrived in Rabat after a 2,500 kilometer flight on early June 6. The plane, equipped with 12,000 solar cells, was invited by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy […]

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Collapsing Europe is in crisis and the U.S. bailout option, for once, is not available

A one euro coin is pictured with a British pound coin. Britain's economy sank back into recession in the first quarter, when it contracted by 0.2 percent amid ongoing state austerity and the eurozone debt crisis, official data shows.  /AFP

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] Despite the fact that Europe is in the Northern Hemisphere, the downward swirl of the euro this month took a reverse direction and started going left — counterclockwise. Maybe it is the first part of the Mayan prediction that gravity will fail later this year and we will all […]

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EU defense cuts erode peackeeping mission in Lebanon

Peacekeeping troops with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol an area near Marjayoun.  /Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, amid pressure to cut national defense budgets, was preparing to undergo a reduction. Diplomats said a range of European Union countries were preparing to reduce their contingents in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon over the next year. The diplomats said at least […]

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