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Jordan reinforces troops along 378-km border with Syria

Jordanian soldier at the northern border with Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan, concerned over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, has reinforced its northern border with Syria. Jordan was said to have been alarmed by reports that ISIL was operating in southern Syria near the border […]

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Wake up call: Where is Obama’s foreign policy revolution taking America?

A Hizbullah bomber killed 241 at a U.S. Marines barracks near Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away. Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing “settlement” construction in East Jerusalem. After initially […]

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Generals threaten outspoken Chinese scholar at forum on Hong Kong crisis

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com [Willy Lam is traveling.] A Chinese professor enraged three Chinese senior officers at an official newspaper’s end-of-year panel by suggesting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest was genuine. On Dec. 16, the communist newspaper the […]

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Hamas conducting daily test launches of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea

Rockets are being test-launched almost daily from Gaza. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas has conducted a series of launches as part of efforts to produce a long-range rocket. Israeli and Palestinian sources said Hamas has been firing rockets nearly daily from bases in the Gaza Strip […]

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Algeria evacuates oil workers after fire fight near Tunisia border

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Algerian Army has evacuated oil workers amid a threat by Al Qaida. The army ordered the evacuation of an oil workers complex in the Ouargla province near the border with Tunisia. Security sources said […]

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ISIL regains ground it lost in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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Germany emerges as leading supplier to Israel’s navy

Meko A-100 corvette.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany plans to subsidize an Israeli procurement of naval corvettes. The German government said it would contribute to the purchase of four corvettes for the Israel Navy. The government said the subsidy for Israel was […]

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British to establish permanent base near U.S. Fifth Fleet’s in Bahrain

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle East. The site will be Port Mina Salman in Bahrain where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its headquarters. […]

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Saudi religious police gets expanded mission: Monitoring social media

File photo of Saudi religious police at training session. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has expanded the role of its controversial religious police force. Officials said the religious police, formally known as Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, was given additional […]

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