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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

Ali Akhbar Velayati.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President […]

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U.S. embassy in Israel warns staffers not to use public transportation

Israeli police with Palestinian suspect in stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus on Jan. 21. / Oren Ziv / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The U.S. embassy has warned against travel in Israel. The embassy reported security restrictions on staffers in the Jewish state. Embassy staffers were said to require approval to visit the northern border with Lebanon […]

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Terror surge in Europe boosts security tech sales in Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel is bracing for an expanded security market in Europe. Industry sources said the Israeli government and industry were intensifying talks with European Union states in efforts to stop attacks by Al Qaida and […]

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Hamas backs away from confrontation with ISIL, Al Qaida

Hamas rally in Rafah last November. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas, facing a disgruntled rank-and-file, has eased restrictions on supporters of Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Palestinian sources said Hamas, which unofficially continues to control the Gaza Strip, has reduced […]

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Israeli air-to-ground missiles kills top Hizbullah commander in Syria’s Golan Heights

Jihad Mughniyeh, seen in 2008.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Israel Air Force has killed a top Hizbullah commander. The air force was said to have fired air-to-ground missiles that killed Jihad Mughniyeh on Jan. 18 near the village of Mizrat Al Amal. Mughniyeh […]

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Hamas ‘message to world’: Pay $5.4 billion or Gaza becomes ‘terror base’

Khalil Al Haya delivered a warning to the world.

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas warned that the Gaza Strip could turn into a base for what was termed terrorism. A senior official said Hamas would be unable to stop the transformation of the Gaza Strip into a […]

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U.S. breaks pledge, arms Palestinian guards at Jerusalem consulate

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with U.S. Marines in the Jerusalem Consulate. / Paul J. Richards

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Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — The United States has decided to train and arm Palestinians employed at the consulate in Jerusalem. Israeli sources said the State Department has violated an agreement not to arm Palestinians employed at the U.S. consulate […]

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Iran’s nuclear site in Syria? Obama administration won’t make it an issue in Geneva

Before and after photos of nuclear facility in the northern province of Dir Al Zour in 2007. / Digital Globe

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States said it won’t raise reports of an Iranian nuclear facility in Syria. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community and State Department were examining reports that Iran was helping Syria build a nuclear […]

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As Egypt seals border, Hamas diverts scarce resources to arms production

Palestinian security officer patrols border between Egypt and Gaza, in Rafah. / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Hamas, under siege by Egypt and Israel, has intensified weapons development and production. Palestinian sources said the Hamas military in the Gaza Strip has diverted resources into arms development and production. They said the decision […]

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