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UN report: ISIL holding 3,500 Iraqis as slaves

ISIL jihadists in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has forced some 3,500 Iraqis into slavery, most of them minority Yazidi women and children, according to a UN report. Most of the Yazidis were forced into sexual slavery, the […]

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‘Dangerous moment’ for America, Israel lobby warns

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Special to WorldTribune.com Implementation of the nuclear deal marks a “turning point for Iran’s strength as a terrorist state” and a “dangerous moment for America and our allies,” the American pro-Israel lobby AIPAC warned on Jan. 16. AIPAC surprised some […]

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State Dept. reports concrete poured into Arak nuclear reactor, mum on violations

Arak nuclear facility.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has poured concrete into the core of its heavy water reactor at Arak, the U.S. State Department said on Jan. 14. The move is seen as critical to the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran […]

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UN Human Rights chair, Saudi Arabia, has already executed 50 in 2016

Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr was among 50 executed by Saudi in early 2016.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia has carried out 50 executions in the first 10 days of 2016. Saudi Arabia is the chair of the UN Human Rights Council UNHRC. The 50th execution of the new year came on Jan. 10 […]

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Iran expresses ‘regret’ over attacks on Saudi embassy

Firefighters battled a blaze at the Saudi Embassy in Teheran on Jan. 2.

Special to WorldTribune.com Teheran’s UN envoy on Jan. 4 issues a statement of “regret” for the attacks on Saudi diplomatic facilities in Iran. Gholamali Khoshroo, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Iran “will take necessary measures to […]

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2016: Light vs darkness, time to solve Syria, opportunity in Latin America, rising China threat

Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the New Year. Serious strife both in the Middle […]

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UN resolution takes aim at ISIL finances

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, addresses the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. At right is U.S. Treasury Jacob Lew. Finance ministers from the 15 nations on the U.N. Security Council are meeting, to adopt a resolution aimed at disrupting the outside revenue that the Islamic State extremist group gets from selling oil and antiquities, from ransom payments and other criminal activities. (AP Photo/Richard Drew

Special to WorldTribune.com The Untied Nations on Dec. 17 adopted a resolution aimed at cutting “the flow of funds” to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “While we are making progress to financially isolate ISIL, if we are to […]

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Rival Libyan factions sign deal, Gen. Haftar appeals for arms against ISIL

General Khalifa Haftar (R), commander of the armed forces loyal of the internationally recognized Libyan government, shakes hands with UN envoy Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, in the eastern town of al-Marj, about 80 km east of the Mediterranean port city of Benghazi, on December 16, 2015.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya’s rival factions on Dec. 17 signed a UN-brokered agreement to form a unity government. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the military commander for what had been the internationally recognized government in Tobruk, said he hoped the deal would […]

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Israel calls IAEA vote ‘political’ as Iran nuclear weapons investigation ends

IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

Special to WorldTribune.com The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decision on Dec. 15 to end its investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program was “political,” an Israeli official said. Yuval Steinitz, national infrastructure, energy and water minister, […]

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Iran nuclear deal means world may never know extent of its weapons program

Iranian IAEA delegate Reza Najafi

Special to WorldTribune.com The full extent to which Iran pursued nuclear weapons technology may never be known after the United Nations nuclear agency on Dec. 15 closed its investigation of Teheran’s program. As part of the nuclear deal between Iran […]

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