Russia’s new Sukhoi fighter jets dumping ‘dumb’ bombs on Syria

Russia’s new Sukhoi fighter jets dumping ‘dumb’ bombs on Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com In an age of increasingly precise munitions, Russia is almost exclusively dropping “dumb” bombs in Syria, the U.S. military said. “They’re using mostly dumb bombs, guided only by gravity and fins,” said Army Col. Steven Warren, the top military spokesman in Baghdad, according to a report by national security correspondent Rowan Scarborough […]

Head of the walled Vatican city state embraced Castro, berates Donald Trump

Head of the walled Vatican city state embraced Castro, berates Donald Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By Allan Wall, MexiData.info Pope Francis has just made his first official papal visit to Mexico. Pope Francis is the first pontiff from the Jesuit order, and was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in Argentina, to an Italian-immigrant father and a mother whose family is of Italian origin. Nevertheless, despite all the hoopla […]

Beheading alert: Sunni tribesmen mount armed uprising against ISIL in Fallujah

Beheading alert: Sunni tribesmen mount armed uprising against ISIL in Fallujah

Special to WorldTribune.com Fed up Sunni tribesmen have risen up to launch attacks on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists in Fallujah, Iraq and the city’s mayor fears a “mass slaughter” will occur if the tribesmen do not receive outside help. Iraqi military and local officials said on Feb. 19 that the tribesmen […]

Iranian poet abandons appeal, flees homeland’s censorship

Iranian poet abandons appeal, flees homeland’s censorship

Special to WorldTribune.com By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty To get her first book of poetry past the Iranian censor, Fatemeh Ekhtesari did what other Iranian writers often have to do: She used dots for words and sentences she thought would not get past the authorities. But Ekhtesari wasn’t prepared for her […]

Belgians living in Morocco feel safer there than in Belgium

Belgians living in Morocco feel safer there than in Belgium

Special to WorldTribune.com Belgians who have relocated to Morocco say they feel safer than in Belgium where they lived in constant fear of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terror cells. Morocco “is a safe haven (for Belgians) amid a rough sea of turbulence, threats and insecurity, perhaps even safer than Europe these days,” […]

Lebanese justice minister resigns, cites Hizbullah ‘dominance’

Lebanese justice minister resigns, cites Hizbullah ‘dominance’

Special to WorldTribune.com Hizbullah’s “dominance” of the Lebanese government has led Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to resign his post. Rifi, a longtime critic of Shi’ite Hizbullah, stepped down two days after Saudi Arabia canceled deals worth $4 billion that were aimed at equipping and supporting Lebanese security forces, according to a report by The Associated […]

Kerry’s announcement of Syria ceasefire punctuated by ISIL car bomb, killing 119

Kerry’s announcement of Syria ceasefire punctuated by ISIL car bomb, killing 119

Special to WorldTribune.com A pair of car bombings in Syria claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) killed 119 people just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had announced a provisional deal for a ceasefire. Two car bombings killed at least 57 people and wounded dozens in the Al-Zahraa district of Homs, […]

British official: Staying in EU ‘exposes UK to terror risk’

British official: Staying in EU ‘exposes UK to terror risk’

Special to WorldTribune.com A British official said staying in the European Union makes the UK vulnerable to terror attacks, a direct contradiction of comments made by Prime Minister David Cameron. “I think the present status of the open border we have right now many of us feel does actually leave that door open (to Paris-style […]

Beijing’s new rules could ban online publishing by foreign media in China

Beijing’s new rules could ban online publishing by foreign media in China

Special to WorldTribune.com Beijing’s Ministry of Industry and Technology has written new rules that could in effect ban all foreign-invested companies from publishing online in China. The new rules, slated to go into effect on March 10, could shut down China as a market for foreign news outlets, publishers, gaming companies, information providers, and entertainment […]

Israel intercepts shipment of high quality commercial drones to Gaza Strip

Israel intercepts shipment of high quality commercial drones to Gaza Strip

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli inspectors foiled an operation aimed at smuggling commercial drones to “terrorist elements in Gaza,” according to Israel’s Crossings Authority. Crossings Authority inspectors found a variety of drones with high quality cameras in a shipment of toys that was stopped at the Kerem Shalom Crossing. The Shin Bet intelligence agency has thwarted […]