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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

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Special to WorldTribune.com Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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Obama’s Iran doctrine a nightmare come true for U.S. friends

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Special to WorldTribune.com Charles Krauthammer In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ● […]

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ISIL forces kill Iraqi general, seize partial control of key dam In Anbar Province

An Iraqi soldier scans the horizon in the Karma district, west of Baghdad, on April 20. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Fierce clashes are being waged to the north of Fallujah between the Iraqi Army and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants, a day after an ambush killed an Iraqi general and three staff officers. ISIL […]

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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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The backstory to Russia’s S-300 missile sale to Iran, defying bans

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com At the most critical juncture of the difficult 6-party talk with Iran on ending Tehran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin announced it was lifting the ban on exporting to Iran an advanced missile defense […]

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A dangerously tangled geostrategic dilemma in Mideast calls for a U.S. strategy

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Just when events in the Middle East could not seem to be more complicated, this web of intrigue and danger has become even more complex and intertwined. People following these events are well aware […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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Arab cartoonists lampoon U.S.-Iran ‘framework’ nuclear agreement

A Saudi newspaper cartoon that greeted news fo the agreement on April 2. / MEMRI

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Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

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Special to WorldTribune.com Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the […]

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Washington group slams N.Y. Times decision to publish Iran foreign minister’s ‘pure propaganda’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Following are excerpts from an April 21, 2015 statement by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth. Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) condemned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s column featured Monday in The […]

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