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‘Mainstream’ rebels in Syria require ‘urgent foreign assistance’

Free Syrian Army fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com LONDON — Here’s how the Sunni world views the so-called U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant: Washington will form an unofficial alliance with Iran in the Middle East and rehabilitate Syria’s Assad. ISIL […]

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China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices

A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA pilots were killed on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while test flying carrier-capable combat aircraft. China’s sensitivity and […]

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Power struggle between Kim’s top two aides noted by North Korea watchers

Hwang Pyong-So, left, and Kim Wong-Hong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The bitter rivalry between Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Wong-Hong, two of North Korea’s most powerful leader under Kim Jong-Un, has emerged in the wake of fierce competitions to win much-needed foreign currency. The […]

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iPhone6 on hold in China where ‘economic nationalism’ is on the rise

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  /Bloomberg News

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple’s biggest market — is not among the eight countries where the smartphone will be first put on sale. […]

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South Korea, Vietnam turn to Israel for battle-tested weapons

South Korea’s Israeli-made Spike NLOS missiles were seen during events to mark the 65th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Seongnam.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The tiny state of Israel with a population of 8 million crammed into an area smaller than New Jersey, is the world’s 6th largest arms exporter, with some of its weapons reigning at the top […]

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Intel: Hizbullah built arsenal of 5,000 long-range rockets from Iran

Fatah-110 rocket.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s intelligence community has determined that the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah built a huge long-range rocket arsenal. The intelligence community has assessed that Hizbullah was focusing on the procurement of rockets with a range of […]

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South Korean mafia movies inspire gangland activity in the North

gangsterwife

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Gangster violence is increasingly rampant across North Korea, forcing leader Kim Jong-Un to order a crackdown campaign. “There has been a marked rise in violence and misconduct from gang members in North Korea,” South […]

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Despite ISIL advance, U.S. still weighs F-16 commitment to Iraq

"The question being explored is whether there are other facilities that can house the aircraft at least temporarily," a U.S. official said.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama is still planning delivery of the first F-16 multi-role fighters to Iraq. Officials said after months of delay the Defense Department and other agencies were examining the feasibility […]

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N. Korean banking official takes $5 million in ‘revolutionary funds’ and runs

Luxury cars parked in front of a Pyongyang hotel.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The defection of a senior North Korean banking official who managed slush funds for leader Kim Jong-Un was prompted by the fear of being purged, sources and analysts here said. Yun Tae-Hyong, the […]

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Having purged all foes, Xi now plans ‘rule of law’ with Chinese characteristics

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Having established his status as supremo through purging political foes under the anti-corruption banner, General Secretary and President Xi Jinping has sought to burnish his authoritarian rule by promoting Chinese-style rule by law. A leitmotif […]

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