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Egypt signs first fracking shale gas deal with U.S. firm

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed a natural gas exploration contract with Western companies. The Petroleum Ministry has signed a contract with the U.S. firm Apache Corp. and Europe’s Shell Egypt for the drilling of three wells in […]

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Turkey’s military goes entrepreneurial, sells draft exemptions

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has found a novel way to pay for weapons — offer young men to buy their way out of the military draft. The government has drafted a plan to raise $5 billion through selling […]

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German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with the opposition to lobby against major German weapons deals with Middle East allies. Clergymen said the lobbying reduced […]

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Crash of United Arab Emirates plane in Egypt not tied to joint strikes in Libya

Militants in truck mounted with anti-aircraft guns at Tripoli airport in August.   Hamza Turkia / Xinhua Press / Corbis

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has confirmed the crash of a military aircraft in Egypt. The UAE military said an unidentified aircraft crashed in Egypt and four crew members were killed. In a statement on […]

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Wake up call: Where is Obama’s foreign policy revolution taking America?

A Hizbullah bomber killed 241 at a U.S. Marines barracks near Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner Sometimes, the Obama Administration’s vaunted “smart diplomacy” can take your breath away. Take, for instance, the report that President Obama is considering sanctions on Israel for ongoing “settlement” construction in East Jerusalem. After initially […]

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Generals threaten outspoken Chinese scholar at forum on Hong Kong crisis

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com [Willy Lam is traveling.] A Chinese professor enraged three Chinese senior officers at an official newspaper’s end-of-year panel by suggesting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest was genuine. On Dec. 16, the communist newspaper the […]

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Hamas conducting daily test launches of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea

Rockets are being test-launched almost daily from Gaza. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas has conducted a series of launches as part of efforts to produce a long-range rocket. Israeli and Palestinian sources said Hamas has been firing rockets nearly daily from bases in the Gaza Strip […]

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Algeria evacuates oil workers after fire fight near Tunisia border

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Algerian Army has evacuated oil workers amid a threat by Al Qaida. The army ordered the evacuation of an oil workers complex in the Ouargla province near the border with Tunisia. Security sources said […]

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ISIL regains ground it lost in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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