Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has scolded some members of the Atlantic Alliance for not paying their “fair share” in defense spending. Addressing the NATO Summit in Brussels, the American president followed in the footsteps of many of his predecessors in saying that some members of the […]

Ignoring Beijing’s warning, U.S. warship challenges China’s claim to artificial island in strategic waters

Ignoring Beijing’s warning, U.S. warship challenges China’s claim to artificial island in strategic waters

by WorldTribune Staff, May 25, 2017 In the first such freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump, a U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on May 24. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey sailed […]

U.S. deploys 2nd carrier to Korea as Chinese jets challenge ‘sniffer’ plane

U.S. deploys 2nd carrier to Korea as Chinese jets challenge ‘sniffer’ plane

by WorldTribune Staff, May 19, 2017 Two Chinese fighter jets on May 17 conducted an intercept of a U.S. “sniffer” plane that is part of allied operations to counter the growing North Korean strategic threat. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy confirmed the deployment of a second aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, near the Korean Peninsula […]

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break? More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be saying, if Kim Jong-Un invited […]

Mexico’s drug war ranks as world’s second-deadliest conflict

Mexico’s drug war ranks as world’s second-deadliest conflict

Special to WorldTribune.com By Allan Wall Readers may note that several reports and evaluations of Mexican violence in 2016 have now been released, in calendar year 2017. As examples: 1. According to statistics of the Mexican government itself, murders in Mexico increased in 2016. See Mexico’s murder rate spiked in 2016 due to ‘ongoing shifts […]

Report: North Korean EMP attack would devastate Hawaii

Report: North Korean EMP attack would devastate Hawaii

by WorldTribune Staff, May 15, 2017 An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack by North Korea would devastate Hawaii, knocking out virtually everything that runs on electricity within minutes, a report said. Defense analysts said Hawaii could be targeted by North Korea, which continues to develop its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities, Military.com reported on May […]

New S. Korean leader eager for summitry despite escalating U.S.-North Korean tensions

New S. Korean leader eager for summitry despite escalating U.S.-North Korean tensions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 16, 2017 Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-In said he would seek to engage with North Korea despite the Kim Jong-Un regime’s continued ballistic missile tests and Pyongyang’s rising dispute with the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. naval strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is staying near the Korean […]

Top U.S. intelligence official: Afghan security likely to ‘deteriorate’

Top U.S. intelligence official: Afghan security likely to ‘deteriorate’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. national intelligence director says the security situation in Afghanistan will “almost certainly” continue to “deteriorate” over the next 18 months. Dan Coats’ comments on May 11 to the Senate Intelligence Committee come as the U.S. military has announced plans to send 3,000 additional troops […]

U.S. criticizes Russian buildup In Baltics, may temporarily deploy Patriot missiles

U.S. criticizes Russian buildup In Baltics, may temporarily deploy Patriot missiles

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized what he called a “destabilizing” Russian military buildup near the Baltic states, as officials said the United States was considering deploying Patriot missiles in the region for military drills later this year. Mattis was speaking on May 10 at […]

Lavrov meets with Tillerson ahead of White House meeting with Trump

Lavrov meets with Tillerson ahead of White House meeting with Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty WASHINGTON — Russia’s foreign minister has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, discussing Syria, Ukraine, and other issues. Sergei Lavrov’s May 10 discussions with his American counterpart came just hours before the top Russian diplomat’s scheduled meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Tillerson […]

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