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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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Israel’s new ‘Drone Dome’ would track, disrupt enemy combat UAVs

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Israel has unveiled a defense system designed to detect, track and disrupt enemy drones. The state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems presented its Drone Dome on 11 April at the LAAD security conference in Brazil. Rafael […]

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Poll reveals young Palestinians overwhelmingly reject ISIL, don’t trust any leader

Palestinian youth clashed with Israeli soldiers in Abu Hamdiyeh's West Bank hometown of Hebron.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Palestinian youth overwhelmingly oppose Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and don’t trust any of the Palestinian leadership factions, according to a new poll. Most young Palestinians say they are socially conservative and believe the Israeli-Palestinian […]

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U.S. used Israeli tactic to evacuate civilians before attack on ISIL

In a scene from a Combined Joint Task Force video, an Islamic State headquarters and financial facility at Mosul, Iraq, is targeted seconds before its destruction in a coalition airstrike.  /Combined Joint Task Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States took a page straight out of the Israeli playbook when it recently launched a “knock operation” to warn civilians of an impending airstrike on an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) target. The […]

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France reportedly rejected Israeli tech that could have prevented Paris attacks

People pay their respects at La Carillon restaurant, one of the attack sites in Paris, on Nov. 15, 2015.  /Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli data-mining technology that could have given French authorities a chance to prevent the November 2015 terror attacks was rejected by higher-ups in Paris, an Israeli security expert said. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, […]

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Large Senate majority calls on Obama to increase aid to Israel

Sen.  Lindsey Graham speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference (AIPAC) lobbying group in Washington.

Special to WorldTribune.com A large bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate is calling on President Barack Obama to immediately sign an agreement on a new defense package that includes an increase in aid to Israel. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and […]

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Turkish firms eye consortium to transport Israeli gas to Europe

Israeli gas drilling platform in the Tamar field.  /Delek/Avner

Special to WorldTribune.com A group of Turkish firms plan to form a consortium that will ultimately deliver Israeli natural gas throughout Europe. The 15 Turkish companies hope to help transport up to eight billion cubic meters (BCM) of Israeli gas […]

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Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Gulf states are looking to improve relations with Israel while sending a message to Iran that it is “our biggest problem,” Bahrain’s foreign minister said. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said several Gulf states decided to cut […]

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Perks of martyrdom called irresistible for ax-wielding Palestinian bachelor

Ax used in attack.  /IDF

Special to WorldTribune.com A Palestinian man recently shot and killed by Israeli security forces after attempting a stabbing attack had chosen a life of bachelorhood  for solid theological reasons, according to a news report. He wanted to hold out for […]

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Syrian opposition rejects any idea that would allow Assad to say on in limited role

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Special to WorldTribune.com An idea proposed during UN-chaired talks in Syria that would allow President Bashar Assad to retain power on an interim basis was immediately shot down by the Syrian opposition. Reports said the idea was put forward during […]

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