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Sanctions cited for drop in Russian arms exports

Vladimir Kozhin.

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has reported a decline in arms exports in 2014. The Kremlin said Russian defense exports reached $13 billion in 2014, the second largest after the United States. The figure marked a 18 percent decline […]

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EU court orders removal of Hamas from terrorism list

Hamas members at rally in Rafah.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union, months after the war with Israel, has been ordered to remove Hamas from the terror list. A leading court said the EU’s decision to keep Hamas on the terrorist list was not […]

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German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with the opposition to lobby against major German weapons deals with Middle East allies. Clergymen said the lobbying reduced […]

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Algeria evacuates oil workers after fire fight near Tunisia border

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Algerian Army has evacuated oil workers amid a threat by Al Qaida. The army ordered the evacuation of an oil workers complex in the Ouargla province near the border with Tunisia. Security sources said […]

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Germany emerges as leading supplier to Israel’s navy

Meko A-100 corvette.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany plans to subsidize an Israeli procurement of naval corvettes. The German government said it would contribute to the purchase of four corvettes for the Israel Navy. The government said the subsidy for Israel was […]

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British to establish permanent base near U.S. Fifth Fleet’s in Bahrain

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle East. The site will be Port Mina Salman in Bahrain where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its headquarters. […]

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Algeria-Morocco conflict escalates to salvos of leaked intel documents

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria and Morocco have entered into a new fray — marked by leaking classified documents against each other. Morocco has accused Algeria of leaking classified data obtained by an anonymous hacker. The documents were said […]

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EU to Turkey on out-of-synch security policies: ‘We need to improve’

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini with Turkey's President Recep Erdogan.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has drifted from European Union foreign and security policy. The EU has determined that relations with Ankara was at their lowest point in decades. Officials said Turkey’s cooperation with Brussels dropped from 80 percent […]

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Morocco and its F-16s join U.S. anti-ISIL coalition

Morocco F-16s.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Morocco to join the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the North African kingdom has agreed to join the U.S.-led coalition air strikes against ISIL positions […]

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Western embassies close in Egypt amid ISIL terror threats

British embassy in Cairo.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Western embassies, amid threat of an Al Qaida-aligned attack, have been suspending operations in Egypt. At least two Western embassies have closed while others were restricting operations in Cairo. In a 24-hour period, Britain and […]

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