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Turkey sends military convoy with 300 troops into Syria to protect tomb

Suleyman Shah tomb

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has acknowledged military operations in Syria. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said Turkish troops were sent to northern Syria to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah. Erdogan said a military convoy was sent to the tomb, some 25 kilometers inside Syria and under Turkish sovereignty. “The job of our convoy […]

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New N. Korean official on National Defense Commission said to head missile program

Kim Jong-Un leads the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on April 9.  /KFAUSA

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Cho Chun-Ryong who recently joined in North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission is believed to be in charge of the country’s missile development programs, South Korean government sources said. Cho was named to the NDC at the first session of the newly-formed Supreme People’s Assembly on April 9. […]

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Easing of sanctions allows Iran to double oil exports


Special to NICOSIA — Iran has reported a doubling of crude oil exports. Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Mansour Moazami said Teheran was overseeing the export of 1.2 million barrels of oil per day. Moazami said the exports exceeded government forecasts by 20 percent. “When the government took office, exports were around 700,000 barrels per […]

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Inspired by Arab Spring, Islamic Jihad’s young guard demands transparency

Islamic Jihad fighters

Special to LONDON — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has been wracked by an internal feud. Palestinian sources said the Jihad leadership has confronted increasing unrest among the rank-and-file. They said the rank-and-file, particularly the younger members, were clamoring for elections and transparency. “For the younger members, it is inconceivable that after Arab Spring any […]

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Tragedy and humiliation for a proud nation of achievers

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye meets families of Sewol Ferry passengers.

Special to By Donald Kirk, JINDO — A mother and her sister burst into hysterics, leaping up from the mat on which they had been resting on the floor of the gymnasium where hundreds were waiting for news of loved ones trapped aboard the sunken ferry boat. The two had just seen a […]

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Egypt: Strategic dialogue with U.S. on hold, pending ‘normal relations’

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.  /AP

Special to CAIRO — The United States has halted its strategic dialogue with Egypt. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has suspended what had been a vibrant strategic dialogue with Egypt. They said the dialogue included Egypt’s military and intelligence community. “We do not hold the strategic dialogue anymore,” Egyptian Foreign […]

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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was focusing on expanding defense relations with the UAE amid the U.S. rift with Saudi Arabia. The officials said Washington was considering expanding the U.S. military presence in […]

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Egypt intel: Hamas provided Muslim Brotherhood safe haven in Gaza to plan terror ops

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has determined that Muslim Brotherhood fighters were receiving weapons and combat training in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials said the Egyptian intelligence community was tracing the flow of Brotherhood members to and from the Gaza Strip. The officials said the Brotherhood was granted at least two facilities in southern […]

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Israeli military plans to shield Christian Arab recruits from Muslim pressure

An Israeli recruit on his first day of military service gets a vaccine injection (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Read more: In Arab Israel, a battle over Christian conscription | The Times of Israel

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military  has been authorized to launch the recruitment of thousands of Christian Arabs. Until now, Christians volunteered for the military in a move that exposed them to a backlash by their Muslim neighbors. “Under these new arrangements, they will no longer have to submit their own enlistment request […]

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Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to By Willy Lam, There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like atmosphere that has engulfed bilateral ties since late 2012. Last week, Hu Deping, son of late general secretary Hu Yaobang, held a private meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The older […]

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