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The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Donald Trump at the National Press Club on April 27.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a […]

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Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

China's Xi Jinping in east Zhejiang province, on May 25, 2015. / Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Despite reports about challenges to his power, President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has quietly — and relentlessly — built up his personal faction centered upon cadres associated with the prosperous […]

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Iran said pitching Israeli invasion in bid to recruit teens for war in Syria

Propaganda poster in Teheran.

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid heavy casualty figures in Syria, Iran is telling teenage recruits they have the opportunity to defend sacred Shi’ite shrines in Syria and eventually invade Israel. It is the first time Teheran has turned to children volunteers […]

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Report: ‘Deep and disturbing decline in media freedoms’ … including in the USA and Europe

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Governments throughout the world seem increasingly nervous if not paranoid over a free press and media, according to a searingly poignant survey by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The annual survey […]

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Drudge: Trump border rumble, radioactive Russian river, Japan’s rising corpse hotels

Special to WorldTribune.com Drudge-Select — April 29, 2016 c/o DrudgeReport.com Rioters Trump rally in Southern California smash police car, hurl rocks at motorists… Hundreds waving Mexican flags… Cops outnumbered… Trump honors families of those killed by illegals… Only GOP candidate […]

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‘Skin of the gods’: Prospectors believe Egyptian desert hold vast gold reserves

Rocks analysed for their concentration of gold, at the Hamama camp in Egypt’s eastern desert, between Luxor and Hurghada on April 15.  /Brian Rohan/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Gold – what the Pharaohs referred to as the “skin of the gods” – is plentiful and there for the taking in Egypt’s eastern desert, modern prospectors believe. And there is enough gold and minerals that could […]

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Report: U.S. commandos have killed 40 top ISIL operatives

ISIL second-in-command Haji Imam was killed by U.S. special forces in March.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. commandos have killed at least 40 senior operatives for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a report said. Defense officials told The Daily Beast that among those killed by U.S. special operations forces have been […]

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U.S. backs UN measure to restore Western Sahara mission

UN vehicle drives past the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory.  /AFP/Fadel Senna

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is supporting a resolution to restore the UN mission in Western Sahara. The UN said the resolution addresses an “urgent need” to restore the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) […]

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Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Sen. Bob Corker

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has no coherent policy on China’s pursuit for total control in the South China Sea,” a key U.S. senator said. “We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has […]

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A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

By letting his cameras tell the rest of the story, Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky committed an act of stealth journalism that left his North Korean handlers fuming. / Vitaly Mansky / IDFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime. Mansky, having given the […]

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