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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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U.S. arrest awakens ghosts of Turkey’s Iran-gold scandal that implicated Erdogan

Reza Zarrab, a dual citizen of Turkey and his native Iran, arrives at a police station in Istanbul in December 2013.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Night-time police raids in Istanbul. Reports of shoe boxes stuffed with $4.5 million in cash hidden in the home of a Turkish state bank head, plus a money-counting […]

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U.S. intel chief: ISIL has cells in UK, Germany, Italy

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has established cells in the UK, Germany, and Italy, the U.S. director of national intelligence said. “We continue to see evidence of plotting on the part of ISIL in (the […]

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‘By the way, go to hell’: Former Obama defense secretaries tell how they coped

Former defense secretaries, from left, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Robert Gates.  /DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Special to WorldTribune.com Three former defense secretaries were blunt in their criticism of President Barack Obama and his “inexperienced advisers” for their distrust, micromanaging and second guessing of senior military commanders. A report by Fox News anchor Bret Baier revealed […]

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U.S. warns westerners planning travel to Saudi Arabia of terror threat

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Special to WorldTribune.com Citing ongoing “security threats” from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Qaida, the United States has issued a new warning on travel to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. State Department issued the warning ahead of […]

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Panama ‘papers’: What did the U.S. Treasury Dept. know and when did it know it?

Panama Canal.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders There are more questions than answers, at least so far, in the leak of bits and pieces of what is said to be 11.5 million documents from, an incredibly and again allegedly corrupt […]

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Pop quiz: Is North Korea a terrorist state? Yes or no?

Chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill negotiated a deal whereby North Korea would accept a verification plan after being delisted as a state sponsor of terrorism. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Here’s a question people here keep asking: Is North Korea a terrorist state? Forget about the missile shots. They’ve all landed in the sea and harmed no one. What about the […]

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Obama rejected CIA plan in 2012 to stop ISIL, ex-officials say

General David Petraeus with President Barack Obama.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com President Barack Obama in 2012 rejected a covert CIA plan to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad that likely would have stopped the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), former U.S. officials say. An upcoming […]

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Unreported: The Pakistan time-bomb and a potential solution

Pakistani women try to comfort a mother who lost her son in the Easter Sunday attack in Lahore. / K.M. Chaudary / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Although the Obama Administration may well not recognize it, Pakistan is turning into the number one problem in fighting worldwide Islamic terrorism. The massacre of 79, many of them children, by an Islamic […]

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Supporters of Oregon ranchers say feds caused damage at refuge

Finicum family

Special to WorldTribune.com Witnesses at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge who were on hand during the standoff earlier this year between ranchers and government agents say the agents were responsible for damage caused to the refuge. The eyewitnesses made their case […]

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