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Scrambling Saudis blame oil price drop on U.S. fracking revolution, global economic slowdown

Saudi oil official at rig near Howta, Saudi Arabia. / John Moore / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been struggling to counter the plunge in crude oil prices. Officials said the Saudi leadership has decided to maintain production despite a nearly 50 percent drop in the price of crude […]

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U.S. sanctions oil companies in four nations for sales to Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United State has imposed fresh sanctions on energy companies that supply the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on six oil companies in four countries deemed suppliers to the […]

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Throwing a Christmas bone to Communist tyrannies: 1978 and 2014

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — One of the last legacies of the Cold War has ended with Washington reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba after a fifty-three year break in relations. Yet another enduring legacy of […]

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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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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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U.S. drops ‘unfair designation’ of Kurdish groups’ as terrorists

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has removed two Kurdish movements from the State Department list of terrorist organizations. In 2001, the State Department, under pressure from Turkey, placed a range of Kurdish groups on the terror list. […]

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Division of F-35 labor eases cost burden for partner states like Turkey

Italy and Turkey were selected as the first European locations for JSF support.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Turkey has been selected to provide support for the U.S.-origin Joint Strike Fighter. The Defense Department said Turkey would supply initial heavy maintenance for the engine of the F-35 fighter-jet, built by the U.S. firm […]

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U.S. exercises aim to prevent another Benghazi; more Marines deployed to regional embassies

U.S. Marines board an MV-22B Osprey at Moron Air Base, Spain in response to security concerns in northern Africa. / Alexander Hill / U.S. Marine Corps

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported military exercises to stop an Al Qaida attack in North Africa. Officials said the military and State Department conducted a series of drills to ensure rapid response to any Al Qaida […]

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Morocco and its F-16s join U.S. anti-ISIL coalition

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Morocco to join the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the North African kingdom has agreed to join the U.S.-led coalition air strikes against ISIL positions […]

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U.S. official with checkered past overseeing ISIL offensive, Iraq’s new military

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Iraq to streamline its army. Washington has won agreement for Baghdad’s army, trained and equipped by the United States and other NATO allies, to shrink from its former strength of […]

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