Researcher: Holy Family’s journey through Egypt should be celebrated, could boost tourism

Researcher: Holy Family’s journey through Egypt should be celebrated, could boost tourism

by WorldTribune Staff, June 5, 2016 The history of the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Joseph’s travels through Egypt should be a major event celebrated by all Egyptians, a researcher in Coptic history said. It could also be a boon to Egypt’s struggling tourism industry, said Robert Al-Faress. “The journey of the Holy Family to […]

Iran-backed Shi’ite militia to hold off invasion of Fallujah to protect civilians

Iran-backed Shi’ite militia to hold off invasion of Fallujah to protect civilians

by WorldTribune Staff, June 5, 2016 An Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militia will not launch an offensive on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in Fallujah until civilians have left the city, the militia’s leader said. “We will not enter Fallujah as long as there are families inside,” said Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the […]

Al Qaida attack on Yemen port city thwarted; Houthis retake ground from government forces

Al Qaida attack on Yemen port city thwarted; Houthis retake ground from government forces

by WorldTribune Staff, June 3, 2016 Yemeni government forces foiled an attempted terror attack by Al Qaida in the port city of Mukalla which the terror organization recently lost control of. Security forces found an explosives-laden car that Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was planning to blow up near an administrative headquarters in […]

U.S.-led coalition drops ammo to Syrian rebels fighting to stop ISIL advance in Aleppo province

U.S.-led coalition drops ammo to Syrian rebels fighting to stop ISIL advance in Aleppo province

by WorldTribune Staff, June 3, 2016 Aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition dropped a badly-needed supply of ammunition to Syrian rebels attempting to halt an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) advance in northern Aleppo province. The ammunition went to Syrian rebels trying to prevent ISIL jihadists from entering the town of Marea, the Syrian […]

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 In a good faith gesture ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Egypt on June 1 temporarily reopened the Rafah border crossing at Gaza. The crossing has been all but sealed off since a terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2014 in which Egypt said Hamas […]

Diplomats fear economic chaos as new Russian-made banknotes are distributed in Libya

Diplomats fear economic chaos as new Russian-made banknotes are distributed in Libya

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 The distribution of new Russian-made banknotes in Libya is raising alarms among diplomats who fear it will lead to economic crisis in a country already wracked by chaos. The U.S. said the banknotes “would be counterfeit and could undermine confidence in Libya’s currency, as well as the Central Bank […]

U.S. and British special forces using Bollywood music to wear down ISIL

U.S. and British special forces using Bollywood music to wear down ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 Word has it that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) doesn’t like Bollywood music – hates it, in fact. After having been tipped off to that fact, American and British special forces in Libya have been blasting Bollywood tunes to get under the skin of the jihadists and […]

Leader of Western Sahara independence movement dies

Leader of Western Sahara independence movement dies

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 The leader of the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Western Sahara from Morocco, has died, Algeria’s APS news agency reported. Mohamed Abdelaziz, 69, died on May 31 “after a long illness,” the report said. Abdelaziz had been leader of the Algeria-backed Polisario Front since 1976. “This is a […]

Legislation would force Obama to disclose $1.7 billion ‘ransom payment’ to Iran

Legislation would force Obama to disclose $1.7 billion ‘ransom payment’ to Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 A bill filed by a pair of Republican lawamkers seeks to force the Obama administration to disclose if a $1.7 billion payment to Iran was “ransom” for the release of 10 U.S. sailors who were captured by the Iranian military. Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Sen. John […]