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China flexes military muscle at World War II parade

Shore-to-ship missiles were on display in the parade.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com China showcased its increasing military might on Sept. 3 in a parade marking the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. The extravagant event included Beijing’s newest fighter jets, missiles, drones and helicopters in […]

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Chris Christie: Obama ‘allowed’ slaughter of Syrians

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Special to WorldTribune.com New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said President Barack Obama’s inaction in Syria has contributed to the ongoing slaughter of Syria’s people as well as the current refugee crisis in […]

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Trump: Iran deal requires ‘cooperation’ to secure Iran if attacked by Israel

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa.  /Scott Olson/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers requires the United States to come to Teheran’s aid if it were attacked by Israel, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said. “You know, there is something in the Iran […]

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North Korea sends two men to labor camp for watching American films

Video grab of open trial of two North Korean men (circled) whose crime was watching an American film.

Special to WorldTribune.com Video footage smuggled out of North Korea shows an open air public trial of two men who are condemned to a labor camp for a “grave criminal act” which includes watching an American film. The video, filmed […]

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Iran’s Khamenei threatens only partial compliance with nuclear deal unless sanctions fully lifted

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran will only partially comply with the nuclear arrangement with world powers unless all sanctions are lifted, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Khamenei, speaking to a group of clerics, said some U.S. officials had spoken of […]

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Iran cracks down on women drivers: ‘Poorly veiled’ drivers to lose cars

Wearing a veil in public has been mandatory for Iranian women since 1979.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian women who drive in Teheran without their heads covered or even with a poorly fixed veil are subject to having their automobiles impounded by police. “If a (female) driver in a car is poorly veiled or […]

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Ship carrying 5,000 rifles seized en route from Turkey to Libya

The 'Haddad 1' freighter is moored at the port of Heraklion following an operation of the Greek coast guard on the island of Crete, Sept. 2.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Greek Coast Guard seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya. Greek officials said the Bolivia-flagged freighter, MV Haddad-1, left the Turkish port of of Iskenderun with some 5,000 […]

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Cotton: Iran deal is opposed by both Houses of Congress and broad majority of Americans

Sen. Tom Cotton.  /Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Special to WorldTribune.com Congressional Democrats “are simply not listening to the American people,” who oppose the Iran nuclear deal, Sen. Tom Cotton said on Sept. 2. “A broad majority of the American people do in fact oppose this deal, a […]

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Iran angered by IAEA leak on secret side deals after Parchin report

Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran signaled its anger over the recent leaking of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) document that revealed evidence Teheran had attempted to sanitize its Parchin military nuclear facility. The IAEA should “exercise utmost vigilance to ensure […]

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Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

The latest estimates suggest at least 3,500 Afghans are fighting in Syria in support of Bashar Assad.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran is said to be recruiting refugees from Afghanistan to replenish the heavily-depleted forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Afghans recruited as mercenaries and relatives of some fighters who were killed in Syria say the recruitment effort […]

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