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Al Qaida bloodbath in Syria terminates Nusara Front commander, wife, daughter, brother and two assassins

Abu Mohammed Al Ansari

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — A leading rebel commander has been killed in the Al Qaida war in Syria. Abu Mohammed Al Ansari was killed in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on April 16 in the latest attack by the rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al Ansari, a commander for Al [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am MST

Kurdistan completes border trench to stop Al Qaida infiltration from Syria

3-meter-wide trench is to stretch along 17 kilometers of the Iraq-Syria border.  /AFP/Safin Hamed

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan has sought to seal its border with Syria. The Kurdistan Regional Government has completed a barrier meant to block infiltration of Al Qaida from Syria. The barrier spans 17 kilometers and consists of a huge trench that blocks foreigners. “This is part of Iraqi government [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 18 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am MST

Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country’s eastern regions bordering Russia. On the other, rhetorical posturing by the United States [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am MST

New radiation belt said to optimize survival in nuclear catastrophe

StemRad 360 Gamma

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has overseen the development of a belt that protects against nuclear radiation. The Israeli company Stemrad has developed a belt designed to block harmful gamma radiation. The product, called “StemRad 360 Gamma,” was meant to protect the pelvic area, which contains most of the body’s renewable bone marrow. [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am MST

S. Sudan government charges Khartoum backing rebels who claim key oil town

South Sudan troops wrested control of Bentiu from rebels in January but have lost the town again.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Rebels have claimed the capture of an oil-rich area of South Sudan. On April 15, the rebels, despite a ceasefire agreement, said they captured Bentiu, a city in the oil-rich Wehda state. The rebels said they were advancing in Wehda and would end operations by foreign energy contractors. The South [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am MST

Hamas military wing again stung: 4 die from ‘mysterious explosion’

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Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The Hamas military and its allies have been hampered by a series of explosions amid suspected weapons tests. Over the last month, at least four people were killed in two blasts in the Gaza Strip. The casualties, acknowledged by Hamas, were said to have included military commanders. On April [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 17 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am MST

Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two might form an alliance and fight the third one, the odd man out. Rather than [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am MST

The purge that has filled N. Korean gulags and the nation-wide power base that triggered it

A number of officials in the Administration Department of the Workers’ Party linked to Jang Song-Thaek have either been executed or sent to gulags.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is closing in on his goal of eliminating the network of his late uncle and associates by the April 15 birthday of his grandfather Kim Il-Sung, sources and media reports here said. The North’s once powerful Administration Department of the Workers’ Party headed [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 17 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am MST

Putin plays the Iran card: Kremlin won’t be ‘bound’ by U.S. sanctions

В.Путин провел совещание с членами правительства РФ

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Iran and Russia have been discussing the resumption of strategic relations. Officials said the Kremlin has been negotiating terms for Russian nuclear, military and energy projects in Iran. The officials said the projects would not violate United Nations sanctions, but would take into account the easing of measures by the [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am MST

Israel shocked by ‘unacceptable’ U.S. concessions on Iran’s nuclear program

Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has expressed alarm over the prospect of U.S. nuclear concessions to Iran. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used for weapons. The officials cited testimony to [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 16 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am MST