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Australia delays signing major Leviathan gas deal over Israel’s terms

Leviathan gas field platform.  /Noble Energy

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Australia has delayed participation in Israel’s offshore natural gas project. Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has failed to implement its agreement to purchase a stake in Israel’s Leviathan gas field, located in the eastern Mediterranean. Woodside […]

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Mossad looking for a few good recruits, without ‘borderline personality disorders’

The grave of Ben Zygier (right), the Australian whom local media have identified as the man who died in an Israeli prison in 2010 and who may have been recruited by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, is pictured at a Jewish cemetery in Melbourne on Feb. 14.  /Reuters/Brandon Malone

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s foreign intelligence agency has revised recruitment guidelines. Israeli sources said Mossad has drafted regulations to filter out applicants for key posts. They said the regulations would seek to identify those with personality disorders, […]

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Paralysis in key U.S. ally Australia as effort to replace failed government falls flat

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, center, had attempted to pass legislation that would have muzzled media criticism of her increasingly authoritarian government.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs CANBERRA, Australia — The Gillard Government in Australia has fallen into what Australian analysts have called disarray and ridicule. With Parliament now in recess, the government at least avoided […]

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U.S., Australia, Japan send signal to China with joint air drill in Guam

U.S., Japan and Australia air forces were the participants in Exercise Cope North Guam 2013 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Two key U.S. allies rolled out jet fighters in the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam last week in a joint exercise and show of force. Combat aircraft from Japan, Australia and the […]

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Australian developer buys 30 percent stake in Israeli gas field

Offshore Israel: The semi-submersible Sedco Express on location at the Leviathan gas field.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — A leading Australian contractor has pledged to purchase a stake in Israel’s largest natural gas field. Australia’s Woodside Petroleum said it would pay $696 million for a 30 percent interest in Israel’s offshore Leviathan field. […]

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

The UN Security Council.

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is […]

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Australian firm targets Moroccan coast for energy search

Polarcus Samur commences a 3D seismic survey off the coast of Morocco for Tangiers Petroleum.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — A Western energy contractor plans to intensify exploration in Morocco over the next year. Australia’s Tangiers Petroleum was preparing to explore a 670 kilometer block off the coast of Morocco in 2012. Tangiers has completed […]

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Australia’s pro-Obama Gillard government clings to power, reduces defense spending

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard greets President Barack Obama after his arrival in Canberra.  /Stuart McEvoy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory Copley, Global Information System Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Labor Party (ALP)-dominated coalition Government of Australia has clung to power without an express public mandate since the August 21, 2010, House of Representatives elections. This has […]

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As U.S. allies focus on Pacific, Aussies to exit Afghanistan 1 year early

Australian soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stand guard in Tirin Kot, capital of Uruzgan Afghan province.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a surprise announcement, Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced April 17 that she would present NATO with a plan in August to withdraw all 1,550 Australian troops from Afghanistan by the […]

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