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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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Getting the band back together: Putin’s victory march through Latin America

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua’s First Lady Rosario Murillo, right, in Managua, on July 11.  /AFP/Presidencia de Nicaragua/César Pérez

UNITED NATIONS — It’s been a momentous week for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the major media focused on his trip to Brazil to accept the handover for the next FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia as well as […]

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Going global: World Cup exhilaration and soaring national pride

U.S. fans in San Francisco watch the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany on June 26.  /Jeff Chiu/AP

NEW YORK — Finally some good global news! The World Cup in Brazil continues to captivate international audiences with a mix of amazing soccer and increasingly surprising results. Paradoxically, early in the tournament the powerhouse teams were nearly all knocked […]

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Israeli drone on security detail during World Cup in Brazil

Heron-1 drone

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been assigned to help secure the World Cup games in Brazil. Israel’s leading defense contractor has supplied an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the FIFA World Cup games in Rio de Janeiro. […]

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Flashback: Report said U.S. seized 77 Mideastern aliens in southern Arizona

A Border Patrol agent on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010. / A Border Patrol agent looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border in 2010. / John Moore / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Monday, August 2, 2004 [Out of control: Holder seeks legal team for flood of illegal immigrant children, June 9, 2014] U.S. Border Patrol agents detained 53 Arabic-speaking males in Arizona near the Mexican border on June 13, […]

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Israeli defense firms find thriving market in South America

Elbit Systems' Hermes-450

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has sought to expand its defense market in South America. Israel has offered a range of new and surplus combat platforms to a range of countries in South America. This includes fighter-jets, unmanned […]

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The Presidential Pipeline seal of disapproval sacrifices nation, party and the environment


UNITED NATIONS — There’s an old Washington adage that, if there’s bad news or no news, announce it late on a Friday afternoon. And if that afternoon happens to be Good Friday, you are assured virtually no one will notice. […]

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Mexico buys Israeli aerial drones for border surveillance

Dominator XP drone

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Israel has sold advanced unmanned aerial vehicles to Mexico. Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems has reached agreement to supply two large UAVs to the Mexican military. The unmanned platform was identified as the Dominator XP, a […]

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Israeli military surveillance system monitors Brazil’s Carnival

Carnival float

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — An Israeli defense major has demonstrated a military-origin surveillance system for crowd control. Elbit Systems introduced its GroundEye persistent surveillance ground system to help secure Brazil’s Carnival. The company, which regards Brazil as a […]

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While UN’s Ban was making nice in Havana, the Cuban delegation punished NGOs back in NYC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, right, with Cuba’s Raul Castro in Havana.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — If it’s Tuesday, this must be Havana. Given UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s peripatetic global travels, the two-day visit to Cuba, especially in the midst of a frigid New York Winter, seemingly made sense. […]

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