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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was focusing on expanding defense relations with the UAE amid the U.S. rift with Saudi Arabia. The officials said Washington was considering expanding the U.S. military presence in [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am MST

Egypt intel: Hamas provided Muslim Brotherhood safe haven in Gaza to plan terror ops

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has determined that Muslim Brotherhood fighters were receiving weapons and combat training in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials said the Egyptian intelligence community was tracing the flow of Brotherhood members to and from the Gaza Strip. The officials said the Brotherhood was granted at least two facilities in southern [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am MST

Israeli military plans to shield Christian Arab recruits from Muslim pressure

An Israeli recruit on his first day of military service gets a vaccine injection (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Read more: In Arab Israel, a battle over Christian conscription | The Times of Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military  has been authorized to launch the recruitment of thousands of Christian Arabs. Until now, Christians volunteered for the military in a move that exposed them to a backlash by their Muslim neighbors. “Under these new arrangements, they will no longer have to submit their own enlistment request [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am MST

Flurry of China-Japan maneuvers could ease tensions before Obama’s Asian tour

Hu Deping met privately with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /NTD.TV

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com There are signs of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to elevate China-Japan relations out of the Cold War-like atmosphere that has engulfed bilateral ties since late 2012. Last week, Hu Deping, son of late general secretary Hu Yaobang, held a private meeting in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The older [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 23 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am MST

U.S., Yemen attacks kill 55 ‘leading and dangerous elements’ of Al Qaida

Yemenis look at a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a U.S. drone in Yemen's al-Bayda province on April 19.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen and the United States have launched intense air strikes on Al Qaida. Officials said up to 55 Al Qaida fighters were killed in U.S. and Yemeni air strikes on insurgency camps in the Arab state. The officials said several Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula camps, which contained members [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am MST

Syrian attacks on rebels near Golan Heights puts Israel on alert

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian military has launched air and artillery strikes on rebel strongholds in the Golan Heights, shared with Israel. The Syrian assault has sparked an alert in Israel. The Israel Air Force is said to have intensified operations to block any intrusion by Syrian aircraft. Opposition sources said the military [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am MST

Al Qaida militia establishes base in Gaza, trains Palestinians for ops in Iraq, Syria

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria. /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s leading militia in the Levant has claimed a presence in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said it established bases in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in 2014. In a statement ISIL, deemed the most powerful Sunni Islamist force in the region, was training [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am MST

Abbas threatens to bail on the Palestinian Authority

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority could decide to disband the regime in the West Bank. Officials said the PA leadership has been under pressure to end governing the Palestinian areas of the West Bank. The officials said elements within the Palestine Liberation Organization argued that such a move would force international intervention [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am MST

Russian ICBM hit target thousands of miles away amid Ukraine crisis

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On April 14, a mobile missile launched at the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia successfully hit the target thousands of miles away at the Kura test center in the Kamchatka peninsula. RS-24 Yars is an advanced version of the Topol-M ballistic missile. It is the Russian Strategic [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am MST

UN: Syria has removed 80 percent of chemical weapons arsenal

Sigrid Kaag.  /Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Syria was said to have removed most of its chemical weapons arsenal. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has determined that the regime of President Bashar Assad destroyed or removed up to 80 percent of Syria’s CW arsenal. Officials said the regime accelerated the removal process in cooperation [...]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 21 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am MST