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Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased it into Swedish airspace. The incident barely registered as a […]

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Report: Kim Jong-Un increasingly estranged from key sectors of ruling elite

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the construction site of what was said to be a resort for scientists in Pyongyang.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is at odds with Pyongyang’s ruling elite, according to media reports and sources here. “Senior officials in the Workers’ Party and the military are increasingly objecting to policies […]

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‘Watershed’ takedown of Zhou gives Xi upper hand but risks counter-attack by ‘big tigers’

Zhou Yongkang in 2007 at the 17th National Congress when he was China’s public security minister.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com While Xi Jinping has accomplished what the official media call a “watershed triumph” by taking out “super-big tiger” Zhou Yongkang, tell-tale signs have emerged showing that the supremo’s hold on power is far from complete. […]

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France finds it’s in a lose-lose position on warship delivery to Russia

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com France is clearly caught between a rock and a hard place on its scheduled delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia. The carriers are being outfitted at a time when the entire Western world […]

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U.S. report ties pro-Erdogan media to anti-Semitic trend in Turkey

U.S. President Barack Obama with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House in Wasington on May 18, 2013.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The United States has linked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rising anti-Semitism in Turkey. A State Department report asserted that Erdogan and his supporters consistently sought to blame Jews for unrest in Turkey. […]

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N. Korea designates six more economic zones in push to revive its economy

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is said to fear he could lose power “if he fails to show economic achievements this year.”  /The Rodong Sinmun

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea has designated six more economic development zones as its leader Kim Jong-Un is increasingly feeling pressure to attract foreign investments and show economic achievements, officials and analysts here said. The North’s […]

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What the charges against ‘untouchable’ Zhou Yongkang reveal about China’s future ruling class

Zhou Yongkang with Xi Jinping at the NPC in March 2013.  /CNS

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com It is a credit to Xi Jinping’s Machiavellian genius that he has pulled off a major achievement in fighting corruption — which is universally regarded as the most serious problem of the party and state […]

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Moscow loses its cool as West turns up the heat with new sanctions

Vladimir Putin: New sanctions will “drive the U.S.-Russian relations into a dead end”.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The new round of economic sanctions imposed by the United States, with much stronger European endorsement, has been met with defiance and fury in Russia. President Vladimir Putin said that he will “deal […]

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China’s Internet users now total 632 million, most using mobile phones

People use mobile phones in the Beijing Xuanwumen Subway Station.  /Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By East-Asia-Intel.com There are more than twice as many Internet users in China than the total population of the United States. The Chinese government announced that there are 632 million Chinese citizens who are Internet users on a […]

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N. Korea’s cash flow woes said to prompt application to join global money laundering group

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s decision to join an international body combating money laundering and terrorist financing is aimed at easing the sanctions that have jeopardized the destitute nation’s cash flow from abroad, government officials and […]

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