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Iran says oil exports to South Korea up fourfold since January

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the plan is to triple bilateral trade to $18 billion a year.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has increased oil exports to South Korea fourfold since January and now hopes to triple its yearly trade with Seoul, Iranian leaders have said. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said […]

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Layoffs by Saudi firm owned by bin Laden’s father spark massive protests

Laid off SBG workers torched several buses in Mecca.

Special to WorldTribune.com The termination of 50,000 workers for the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) sparked a wave of protests that included the torching several buses in Mecca. The job cuts were mostly foreign workers who were given permanent exit visas […]

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Egypt said losing millions over travel restrictions on Arab tourists

A tourist walks past sunbeds on a beach in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Nov. 10, 2015.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt’s struggling tourism industry would get a major shot in the arm if the country lifted restrictions on Arab tourists, the head of an Egyptian travel association said. More than one million new tourists would flow to […]

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Israel seizes 4 tons of rocket chemicals in shipment of salt bound for Gaza

Tons of chemicals seized by Israeli security services.  /Nitzana Customs photo

Special to WorldTribune.com Four tons of a chemical used in the manufacture of long-range rockets was seized by Israeli authorities in a shipment of salt that was bound for the Gaza Strip. Customs and Shin Bet officials at the Nitzana […]

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South Korean leader in Iran for first bilateral summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on May 2. / Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has arrived in Iran for the first bilateral summit since Seoul and Teheran established diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago. Park’s office said the three-day […]

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Marine in trouble over emailed document on Afghan sex abuser; Charges against Hillary called more serious

Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler speaks with children attending school at the district center in Now Zad, Afghanistan, on Dec. 15, 2009.  /1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Special to WorldTribune.com In a case that analysts say bears a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton’s email disaster, a Marine officer is facing dismissal for mishandling classified material on his computer. Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler is fighting the charges against […]

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Trouble in paradise: ISIL reportedly recruiting in the Caribbean

Pigeon Point, Trinidad and Tobago

Special to WorldTribune.com With its recruiting avenues in the Middle East and Europe increasingly being closed off, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is looking to the Caribbean for new jihadists. Trinidad and Tobago was the terror group’s first […]

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Rouhani allies score resounding win in second-round elections for powerless parliament

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Political allies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have won a resounding victory in the second round of parliamentary elections, according to official results. Iran’s Interior Ministry said on April 30 that […]

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Saudi Islamic scholar: Ban citizenship, tourism in ‘infidel states’


Special to WorldTribune.com Muslims should be prohibited from gaining citizenship in non-Muslim states unless it is a “life or death” situation, a Saudi scholar said. Furthermore, they should be banned from visiting the West as tourists, he said. Sheikh Muhammad […]

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Iranian citizen journalist has fun challenging regime

Amir's blog lampoons Iranian life: "The morality police van came to the beach and arrested a number of people. After getting stuck in the sand, everyone had to come out to push it out. It's the story of Iran."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By day, Amir pores over data on nuclear safety at a European research institute in pursuit of his doctorate in neutron imaging. But by night, he becomes a […]

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