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Having ousted Gen. Xu Caihou, Xi targets antiquated, Soviet-style command structure

Gen. Liu Yuan, a key political commissar for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, is set for a promotion.  /Jason Lee/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has begun plans to streamline the antiquated People’s Liberation Army’s command-and-control systems, which are poorly equipped to handle modern warfare. Xi, who is Chairman of the policy-setting Central Military Commission pointed out […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 1 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am MST

Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy. Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 30 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am MST

Peace now? UAE orders $2.5 billion worth of armored vehicles from U.S.

U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has requested a huge amount of advanced armored personnel carriers from the United States as security threats in the Gulf region intensify with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 30 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am MST

Report: Turkey’s Erdogan has stifled all criticism in media, military andjudiciary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AP/Burhan Ozbilici

Special to WorldTribune.com from WASHINGTON — Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has silenced critics, a report said. Human Rights Watch said Erdogan has led a government campaign to crack down on critics and protesters. In a 38-page report, the […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 30 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am MST

U.S. delivers vans and pickups to only Lebanese force not controlled by Hizbullah

Lebanese Internal Security Forces stand guard in front of vehicles donated from the United States.

Special to WorldTribune.com from NICOSIA — The United States has delivered another shipment for Lebanon’s security forces. The United States oversaw the delivery of 38 vehicles for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces. The vehicles, valued at $1.6 million, were meant to […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 30 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am MST

Jordan concludes it would save on energy through deal with Israel

Israel's Tamar offshore field.

Special to WorldTribune.com from AMMAN — Jordan has disclosed plans to purchase natural gas from Israel. The government said Jordan would procure up to 300 million cubic feet per day of gas from Israel’s offshore fields. The gas, purchased from […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 30 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am MST

ISIL threat at Mecca: Saudis complete exercise for upcoming pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims gather atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage in 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com from ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has completed a major security exercise for upcoming pilgrimages to Mecca. Officials said the Interior Ministry oversaw an exercise meant to enhance the security forces for the Haj pilgrimage in early […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 29 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am MST

Iran in talks on new energy exploration with 18 foreign companies

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Special to WorldTribune.com from NICOSIA — Iran has been negotiating with foreign companies for new energy exploration. Officials said the Teheran regime has been talking to 18 foreign companies regarding crude oil and natural gas exploration. The officials said several […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 29 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am MST

Both Koreas, China and Russia have meeting of minds on ‘world-class’ travel destination

The Tumen River.

Special to WorldTribune.com from EastAsiaIntel.com South Korea, China, Mongolia and Russia have agreed to develop a “world-class” travel destination near a North Korean river that flows along the borders with China and Russia, Beijing’s state media reported. The agreement was […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 29 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am MST

Egypt focuses attacks on ISIL-backed Ansar militants in Sinai

Egyptian forces destroy a smuggling tunnel.

Special to WorldTribune.com from CAIRO — Egypt has maintained its counter-insurgency offensive in northeastern Sinai. The military said the crackdown included the capture of 84 suspected insurgents in both Sinai as well as along the adjacent Suez Canal. The insurgents […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 29 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am MST