Iranian official admits drug trafficking on the rise despite executions

Iranian official admits drug trafficking on the rise despite executions

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A top Iranian judiciary official says the death penalty hasn’t deterred drug trafficking, which is in fact on the rise. “The truth is, the execution of drug smugglers has had no deterrent effect,” Mohammad Baqer Olfat, deputy head of judiciary for social affairs, was quoted as […]

UN investigation concludes both Syria and ISIL used chemical weapons in attacks

UN investigation concludes both Syria and ISIL used chemical weapons in attacks

by WorldTribune Staff, August 25, 2016 A United Nations investigation found that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) carried out attacks using chemical weapons. The UN’s Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) found that the Syrian regime dropped chemical weapons on two villages in northwestern Idlib province: Talmenes on April […]

U.S. reaction to Iran’s air base hosting Russian bomber fleet: ‘Unfortunate’

U.S. reaction to Iran’s air base hosting Russian bomber fleet: ‘Unfortunate’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 17, 2016 Russia’s use of an Iranian base to launch airstrikes in Syria is “unfortunate,” the U.S. State Department said on Aug. 16. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Russia’s use pf the Hamedan base in western Iran “could very well be a violation” of a UN Security Council resolution, which […]

Libyan forces said on verge of ‘victory’ over ISIL in Sirte

Libyan forces said on verge of ‘victory’ over ISIL in Sirte

by WorldTribune Staff, August 14, 2016 The battle to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of their coastal stronghold at Sirte “is over,” the spokesman for Libya’s pro-government forces said. Meanwhile living conditions for the average Libyan is deteriorating. ISIL “has only control over one sector, residential district one in the heart […]

UN warns 2 million in Aleppo, Syria at risk in fight for city

UN warns 2 million in Aleppo, Syria at risk in fight for city

by WorldTribune Staff, August 9, 2016 The United Nations has called for a “humanitarian pause” to fighting in Aleppo, Syria as some 2 million residents of the city are in danger of “coming under total siege.” Heavy fighting between an alliance of anti-Assad rebels and jihadists and Syrian regime forces backed by Russian airstrikes has […]

Some 75,000 refugees stranded on Syria-Jordan border reported starving

Some 75,000 refugees stranded on Syria-Jordan border reported starving

by WorldTribune Staff, August 5, 2016 Some 75,000 Syrian refugees trapped on the border with Jordan received emergency food supplies on Aug. 4 from UN aid agencies. Heads of the World Food Program, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the children’s agency UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration said the delivery of the […]

Iran hangs gay teenager with ‘no access to a lawyer’

Iran hangs gay teenager with ‘no access to a lawyer’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 5, 2016 Iran has executed a gay teenager who was convicted as a juvenile of “forced male-to-male anal intercourse,” Amnesty International reported. Hassan Afshar, 19, was hanged in Arak Prison in Iran’s Markazi Province on July 18. Amnesty said Iranian authorities received a complaint accusing Afshar and two other adolescents of […]

Libya’s UN-backed government reaches deal to re-open oil terminals

Libya’s UN-backed government reaches deal to re-open oil terminals

by WorldTribune Staff, July 31, 2016 The UN-backed unity government in Libya has reached a deal with the nation’s petroleum guards to re-open four key oil terminals despite opposition from key opposition and military forces headed by Gen. Khalifa Haftar. The combined capacity of the four ports – Sider, Zawiya, Ras Lanuf, and Zueitina – […]

Meanwhile at the UN, another upcoming election is also hotly contested

Meanwhile at the UN, another upcoming election is also hotly contested

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — What’s beginning to look like this year’s Republican presidential primaries in the USA has morphed into a political scramble for the UN Secretary General’s seat. With a dozen prospective candidates, the race for the new Secretary General has now overshadowed much of the work at […]

Can Judeo-Christian civilization co-exist with Islam? The showdown has begun

Can Judeo-Christian civilization co-exist with Islam? The showdown has begun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The most difficult political and cultural debate since the decision of the Western alliance to destroy fascism in 1939 or the American decision to help resurrect Europe in 1945 has begun. The discussion will be an intense examination of Islam and its role in the modern world. It […]

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