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Iran transformed: IRGC commander proclaims Iran as global power

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran, fresh from an extension of its nuclear agreement with the West, has begun touting itself as a global power. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp said Teheran has been tranformed from a regional into a […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 27 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm MST

Israel reports Hamas arsenal of 6,000 rockets includes long-range M-302s

Long-range M-302 rockets captured by Israel from a ship on the Red Sea in early 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has detailed the Hamas missile and rocket arsenal during the war in mid-2014. The Israeli military said Hamas contained 6,000 rockets during the first stage of the 50-day war in July and August. […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 27 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm MST

Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 27 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm MST

Shunned by U.S., Egypt strengthens defense, energy ties with Europe

French President Francois Hollande with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris, on Nov. 26. / Alain Jocard / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt, shunned by the United States, has been forming strategic relations with Europe. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi has been welcomed as a strategic partner by several members of the European Union. During a European […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 27 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm MST

Israeli intelligence agencies clash over failure to predict Hamas War

A TimesOfIsrael.com photo of a June 14 meeting: From right, Mossad head Tamir Pardo, Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kovhavi, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and, opposite Cohen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Kobi Gideon/ GPO/ Flash 90

Special to WorldTribune.com Dossier at Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Before being told last week to settle their differences out of the public eye, Israel’s top intelligence agencies had erupted into an open feud over responsibility for the Hamas war in […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 26 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am MST

Xi lifts censorship for global Internet conference, then makes case for tightened controls

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Beijing leadership has signaled tighter control over the Internet on the occasion of the First World Internet Conference, whose ostensible goal is to promote inter-connectivity between China and the world via the […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 26 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am MST

Saudis arrest 77 in ISIL network said coordinated from outside country

Scene of the attack in Al-Ahsa. At right, suspects in attack. / Arab News

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported the arrest of additional alleged members of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Interior Ministry said Saudi authorities arrested 77 people linked to ISIL. The ministry said the ISIL […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 26 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am MST

Czech Republic, Israel sign defense tech accord

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel and the Czech Republic have signed a defense cooperation agreement. The two countries signed the accord during a visit by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Nov. 25. Officials said the agreement called for […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 26 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am MST

U.S. wins an extension for Iran in its negotiations for a nuclear deal

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Nov. 20. Leonard Foeger / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iran has been given another reprieve in the campaign to reach a nuclear agreement with the West. The P5+1 nations ( five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 25 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm MST

Israel gets unexpected boost from ancient enemy amid the disturbing decline of top ally

The Israel-Egypt border at Sinai.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Various regional developments are proceeding almost unnoticed in the Middle East, even by the Israeli press. Consider President al-Sisi’s isolation of Gaza. As usual, truly important developments are obscured by the daily crush of […]

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By: World Tribune » Top Stories | 25 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm MST