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Khamenei aide: Iran to lead ‘resistance axis,’ thwart U.S. influence


Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder* Iran and its Mideast allies must form a “resistance axis” to turn back American influence in the region, a top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Ali Akbar Velayati said that the “resistance axis” of […]

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Pyongyang scrambles to repair China ties as bad economy worsens


Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is moving to improve ties with China that have been strained during much of the young leader’s brief tenure, officials and sources here say. The motive […]

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Report on secret side deal — that Iran will inspect Parchin site — puts IAEA on the defensive

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano. / Herwig Prammer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says he is “disturbed” by a report suggesting his organization has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. IAEA Director-General Yukiya […]

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Sen. Menendez powerfully indicts the deal: ‘If Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it’

Sen. Robert Menendez: 'Why does Iran — which has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves  and the world's second largest proven natural gas reserves  — need nuclear power for domestic energy?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fred Fleitz Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez gave a powerful speech yesterday announcing his strong opposition to the nuclear agreement with Iran. The speech was a devastating indictment of the Iran agreement that refutes the […]

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Hamas frogmen capture dolphin alleged to be Israeli spy

Dolphin, or Israeli operative?

Special to WorldTribune.com Hamas naval commandos detained a “suspicious” dolphin that was accused of being used by Israel to attack members of the Eziddin al-Qassam, Hamas’s armed wing. Sources told the daily Al-Quds on Aug. 19 that the alleged Israeli […]

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Xi consolidates power with promotion of 10 proteges to full generals


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Just before China’s Army Day on Aug. 1, President and Central Military Commission (CMC) Chairman Xi Jinping elevated ten senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers to full generals. This was Xi’s most significant […]

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N. Korea said plotting military provocation to counter ‘unusual’ unrest


Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea has prepared a massive military parade and most likely military provocations in a bid to stabilize the ruling elite and the public, military and government sources here said. The […]

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‘Dark money’ on rise in Russia, average bribe reportedly doubles


Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Citing an estimate by the Russian Interior Ministry, the nation’s federal law enforcement arm, the pro-government newspaper Izvestiya claims the average bribe this year in Russia is almost double that of last […]

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ISIL maps said to outline designs on Europe, Mideast, N. Africa


Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) plans to fully control the Middle East, North Africa and much of Europe within the next five years, according to a new book. BBC reporter Andrew Hosken’s book “Empire of […]

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Georgia diplomat warns of nuclear ‘gray zone’ in Black Sea region


Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct One of Europe’s most experienced and insightful diplomats visited Washington this week and shared concerns about the unmonitored traffic of nuclear material in the Black Sea region and cyber attacks from Russia. […]

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