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Subversive technology? iPhones, Samsung smartphones — minus logos — popular with N. Korean elites

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — High-end U.S. and South Korean smartphones are penetrating North Korea, contributing to new and rapid information flows in the tightly-controlled society that could threaten the decades-long dictatorships, according to sources and […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

Eric Prince

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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Obama envoy admits administration strategy failing to stop ISIL advance on Baghdad

John Allen, U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State, at a press conference in Baghdad on Friday.  /AP Photo/Karim Kadim

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite intensified air strikes, has acknowledged significant gains by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. President Barack Obama’s envoy to the anti-ISIL coalition said ISIL continues to advance in Iraq. [Ret.] […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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Israel eyes Golan as U.S. increases pressure to join fight against ISIL

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been examining options to stop Islamist militias on the Golan Heights. Israeli sources said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was consulting with the military and intelligence community to determine measures […]

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Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide

KimWithCane

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan said ready to ‘take initiative’ in fight against ISIL, Syria’s Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reviewing recommendations for Turkish military intervention in Syria. Officials said Erdogan, supported by parliament, has been studying options for Turkish intervention in Syria. The officials said the options range from […]

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What North Korea hoped to gain from unexpected high-profile visit to South

Hwang Pyong-So arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 4.  /Kim Do-hoon/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — With North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un out of sight for more than a month apparently due to poor health, a surprise visit by a small but powerful North Korean delegation confused officials and […]

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Sultan of Oman in Germany for cancer treatments since July

Sultan Qaboos

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Oman’s ruler has been in medical treatment for months. Sultan Qaboos has been undergoing medical treatment in Germany since July 2014. The royal court has never provided details of Qaboos’ treatment or his condition. […]

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