Iraqi forces under ‘heavy fire’ as ISIL fights back in Fallujah

Iraqi forces under ‘heavy fire’ as ISIL fights back in Fallujah

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Fallujah on May 31 but were stopped by a counter-attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) at the city’s southern gates, reports say. Soldiers from the elite Rapid Response Team stopped their advance about 500 meters from the al-Shuhada district in […]

Report: 46 millions, including 4.3 percent of all North Koreans, trapped in modern slavery

Report: 46 millions, including 4.3 percent of all North Koreans, trapped in modern slavery

Special to WorldTribune.com Drudge-Select — May 31, 2016 c/o DrudgeReport.com USA issues summer terror travel alert for Europe… 46 million trapped in modern slavery… Former State IG debunks key Clinton e-mail claim… Campaign crafts new ‘explanation’…  Poll: 71% of Dems say Hillary should still run eve if indicted… Central Americans flood border … ‘Historic’ surge […]

Three royals sentenced in Kuwait for insulting Emir on instant messaging

Three royals sentenced in Kuwait for insulting Emir on instant messaging

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 Three members of Kuwait’s ruling family were each sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the country’s emir on an internet messaging service. The men were sentenced on May 30 for posts on Whatsapp that were determined to be insulting to Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, local […]

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 A fashion model and former Miss Turkey received a suspended sentence of over one year for “publicly insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an Instagram post. An Istanbul court sentenced Merve Buyuksarac, 27, to one year and two months in prison for a satirical poem she posted on her […]

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said the Muslim men who attacked, stripped naked and paraded a 70-year-old Christian woman through the streets will face justice. The woman was attacked in her village south of Cairo after rumors spread that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman. “They […]

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 India and Iran will hold a joint naval drill on June 3 which focuses on the Strait of Hormuz. The exercise is the first between the two countries since the lifting of international sanctions on Teheran in January 2016. Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian Navy, confirmed […]

Cyberslavery: Tehran orders foreign social media to turn over data on Iranian users

Cyberslavery: Tehran orders foreign social media to turn over data on Iranian users

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Tehran has given foreign social media messaging applications one year to move the data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside Iran. The declaration on May 29 by Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has prompted privacy and security concerns from Iranians who use social media. […]

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 The Pentagon has ordered U.S. special forces soldiers to stop wearing the insignia patch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their uniforms. Photos of U.S. troops with the insignia patches infuriated Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, who views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish […]

Iran blames Saudis, cancels participation in Hajj pilgrimage

Iran blames Saudis, cancels participation in Hajj pilgrimage

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Amid an ongoing rift with Sunni Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite Iran has decided not to participate in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. “Due to ongoing sabotage by the Saudi government, it is hereby announced that … Iran’s pilgrims have been denied the privilege to attend the Hajj this year, and responsibility […]

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