Russian court sentences Ukrainian pilot to 22 years

Russian court sentences Ukrainian pilot to 22 years

Special to WorldTribune.com A former Ukrainian pilot was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted for allegedly taking part in the murder of two Russian journalists. Nadezhda Savchenko burst into song and chanted “Glory to Ukraine!” upon hearing the verdict. Ukrainian spectators in the court, in the Russian town of Donetsk near the […]

Iran’s regime says it prefers dealing with Trump rather than Hillary, ‘tricky’ Obama

Iran’s regime says it prefers dealing with Trump rather than Hillary, ‘tricky’ Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com Even though it won a slew of concessions from President Barack Obama in nuclear negotiations, Iran’s government claims it prefers a Republican in this year’s presidential election. “According to Iranian authorities, dealing with Republicans is much easier. The amount and complexity of the pressures forced on Iran in the term of George […]

S. Korea’s new elite ‘Spartan 3000’ special forces unit trained for raids inside North

S. Korea’s new elite ‘Spartan 3000’ special forces unit trained for raids inside North

Special to WorldTribune.com South Korea has formed an elite unit of marines which can be quickly deployed to any part of the Korean peninsula and could carry out raids inside North Korea. The “Spartan 3000” unit trained with U.S. forces during a massive joint exercise earlier this month that included 300,000 troops. The elite force’s […]

Report: Son reigns as Saudi king sidelined by dementia

Report: Son reigns as Saudi king sidelined by dementia

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi King Salman’s son is said to be “ruling the kingdom” amid the king’s deteriorating health. The 80-year-old king is said to have Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to Lebanese media reports. Related: Saudi King Salman hospitalized after erratic behavior, Oct. 8, 2015 “The king is not in a stable condition and in […]

Iran’s leaders offer contrasting economic views on Iran’s New Year

Iran’s leaders offer contrasting economic views on Iran’s New Year

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran’s two most powerful leaders have presented their contrasting outlooks on the country’s economy in speeches marking Norouz, the Persian New Year. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on March 20 for self-reliance, while President Hassan Rouhani said that cooperation with other countries was the key […]

Iran-backed jihadists threaten to attack U.S. forces in Iraq

Iran-backed jihadists threaten to attack U.S. forces in Iraq

Special to WorldTribune.com The Iran-sponsored Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq have vowed to attack American troops after the U.S. Army said it would send reinforcements to support the international coalition fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Hizbullah Brigades, which is not directly affiliated with Lebanon-based Hizbullah, said in a March 20 statement that “the […]

Agenda item for the next president: Repair the U.S.-British ‘special relationship’

Agenda item for the next president: Repair the U.S.-British ‘special relationship’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders There are important lessons for the U.S. in the apprehension in Belgium, after four months, of one of the chief perpetrators of the Nov. 13, 1915 Paris massacre which took the lives of 130 innocents. This security lapse has its parallel in the current state of relations between […]

Word on the street in Istanbul was that an attack was imminent

Word on the street in Istanbul was that an attack was imminent

Special to WorldTribune.com Istanbul residents believed an attack was coming after a similar terrorist strike in Ankara, a leader of Turkey’s Jewish community said. “This is what everyone was talking about on the street,” said Eyal Peretz, who heads the Arkadash organization. “Everyone talked about how a terror attack was about to happen.” Three Israelis […]

Marine is second U.S. combat death in fight against ISIL

Marine is second U.S. combat death in fight against ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com A U.S. Marine was killed in a rocket attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq on March 19, the Pentagon reported. “Earlier today a U.S. Marine providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition fire base near Makhmur in northern Iraq was killed after coming under ISIL […]

Iran to build statue commemorating capture of U.S. sailors

Iran to build statue commemorating capture of U.S. sailors

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran will construct a statue to commemorate its capture of 10 U.S. sailors and plans to turn it into a tourist attraction. Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps naval forces, said the monument would capture the moment the Americans surrendered to Iranian forces. “There are very many […]