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China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man


Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Conflict with South Korea is a gambit that North Korea cannot afford. Much as leader Kim Jong-Un may have yearned to humiliate the South by ordering gunfire against the mega-loudspeakers broadcasting music, news […]

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Khamenei aide: Iran to lead ‘resistance axis,’ thwart U.S. influence


Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder* Iran and its Mideast allies must form a “resistance axis” to turn back American influence in the region, a top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Ali Akbar Velayati said that the “resistance axis” of […]

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United States, Turkey complete plans for ‘comprehensive’ offensive against ISIL


Special to WorldTribune.com The United States and Turkey are set to engage in “comprehensive” air operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Aug. 24 that the air campaign will target […]

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Syrian circles of Hell: Is a political solution even possible?


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, […]

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U.S. troops mobilize near Korea’s DMZ as Kim declares ‘quasi state of war’

U.S. troops near Paju, South Korea on Aug. 21.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared on Aug. 21 that Pyongyang was in a “quasi-state of war,” U.S. troops were seen mobilizing at a South Korean border town. “The Korean People’s Army (KPA) front-line large combined […]

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Report that nuclear deal authorizes Iran to inspect Parchin site defended by Obama’s NSC

Iran's Parchin nuclear site.

Special to WorldTribune.com Official Washington appeared stunned and GOP presidential candidates were outraged by a report that Iran will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect the Parchin military facility believed to be the center of its nuclear […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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Report on secret side deal — that Iran will inspect Parchin site — puts IAEA on the defensive

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano. / Herwig Prammer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says he is “disturbed” by a report suggesting his organization has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. IAEA Director-General Yukiya […]

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Sen. Menendez powerfully indicts the deal: ‘If Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it’

Sen. Robert Menendez: 'Why does Iran — which has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves  and the world's second largest proven natural gas reserves  — need nuclear power for domestic energy?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fred Fleitz Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez gave a powerful speech yesterday announcing his strong opposition to the nuclear agreement with Iran. The speech was a devastating indictment of the Iran agreement that refutes the […]

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U.S. may pull lightly-armed peacekeepers out of Egypt as jihadist presence grows

Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai.

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is considering pulling its force of lightly-armed peacekeepers in Egypt, fearing they could become easy targets for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and other jihadists who have a large presence in northern […]

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