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Malaysia arrests 7 ISIL-linked jihadists who were planning attacks

Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Malaysian police have arrested seven members of a terror cell linked to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “All the suspects are members of the same (terror) cell, which is responsible for planning to launch terror […]

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U.S., Asian defense chiefs united on Chinese militarization of islands; Joint declaration scuttled

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Ongoing disputes in the South China Sea forced defense ministers of the 10 Association of East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to scrap a joint declaration during a two-day forum in Malaysia. The United States and its allies wanted […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Israel: Hamas operatives being trained for air operations in Malaysia

Israeli intel gleaned from a captured Hamas fighter revealed the training for armed paraglider attacks.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas was training in air operations in Malaysia. The Israel Security Agency said Malaysia hosted Hamas operatives for air missions against the Jewish state. The domestic intelligence agency said Hamas […]

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Flight 370 investigation showed Malaysia synched with West, angering Beijing

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, center, with two senior officials at a March 15 press conference.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Malaysian ties appear to have become an unintended casualty of the tragedy revolving around the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Senior Chinese officials have made no secret of their dissatisfaction with the […]

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Why some insiders think missing plane landed in Pakistan


LIGNET.com As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan. Ten days […]

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Flights from hell were better than the one without an end

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines 777 confronts the world with a crisis that’s never going to end. The loss of 239 people is tragic enough, but the implications for air travel are still […]

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An overlooked but bloody war on another Asian front


Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — War planes strafe and bomb. Tanks shell enemy redoubts. The infantry move in under air and artillery support, spraying automatic weapons fire. Sound like a fantasy of the fighting that might […]

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