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Arctic war of words heats up as Russia, Canada press their claims

The expedition to plant a Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole, 2007.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Canada is the most enthusiastic pusher for harsh sanctions against Russia’s aggressions in Ukraine and there is a particular reason for that: Canada and Russia are engaged in a tense territorial dispute of their own, […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm MST

Spike in Turkey’s military exports tied to Iraq, Libya

Turkish Kirpi BMC 350 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicles.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has reported a sharp rise in defense exports. The Defense Industry Exporters Union said exports rose by 76 percent from July 2013 to July 2014. The union cited the sale of armored vehicles and […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm MST

New arms-exporter Japan finds receptive market among ASEAN nations

Japanese patrol vessels are loaded at the port of Yokohama for delivery to Indonesia.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Japan and the ten ASEAN member states have agreed to hold talks in late September to discuss how to enhance the security relations. The talks are expected to focus on how Japan could expedite arms sales […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am MST

Some in Congress fear Hizbullah will get U.S. copters approved for Lebanon

Huey-2 helicopter

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved the transfer of military helicopters for Lebanon. The administration of President Barack Obama has informed Congress that Washington would deliver U.S.-origin utility helicopters for the Lebanese military. Under the Lebanese […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am MST

Saudi plans network of solar energy plants in five provinces

Saudi Arabia is set to begin construction of the first of five new solar plants in 2015.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has drafted plans for a solar energy network. The state-owned King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy has overseen a project to construct solar energy plants in five provinces in the […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am MST

U.S. military advisers learn they can no longer work with the Iraq Army

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Less than three years after its withdrawal, the United States has encountered significant obstacles in resuming training and coordination with Iraq’s military. Officials said the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff have concluded that […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm MST

Hizbullah joins the drone wars against ‘terrorists’ near Syria-Lebanon border

Hizbullah drone

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has launched an unmanned aerial vehicle strike in Syria. Iran said several armed UAVs targeted Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant along the Syrian border with Lebanon. The […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am MST

‘Mainstream’ rebels in Syria require ‘urgent foreign assistance’

Free Syrian Army fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com LONDON — Here’s how the Sunni world views the so-called U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant: Washington will form an unofficial alliance with Iran in the Middle East and rehabilitate Syria’s Assad. ISIL […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am MST

Western energy majors return to Egypt

Egyptian Petroleum Ministry

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed energy deals with Western majors as well as Tunisia. The Egyptian Petroleum Ministry said the Cairo government signed crude oil and natural gas exploration contracts worth $187 million with companies from Canada, […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am MST

Egyptian Air Force transport crashes during exercise

Egyptian Air Force C-130

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — An Egyptian Air Force air transport has crashed in an exercise. The military said an air transport crashed during an exercise on Sept. 21 in the Fayoum province. At least six people were said to […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am MST