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As Cuba restores U.S. ties, Americans and Spaniards hope to regain stolen property

Spaniards and Americans may seek to recover billions in lost property from the communist revolution.

Special to WorldTribune.com As the United States moves closer to restoring full diplomatic ties to Cuba, some Spaniards believe the increased focus on the island nation may open the door for them to recover property that was seized when they […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Morocco erects blade-topped wall after migrants swarmed into Spanish enclave


Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has been quietly building a wall around the Spanish enclave along the Mediterranean Sea. Moroccan sources said the North African kingdom was constructing a wall to stop infiltration of the Spanish enclave of Melilla. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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


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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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