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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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New movment in Taiwan advocates the Swiss option: Armed neutrality

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Parris H. Chang Concerned that Taiwan’s security and sovereignty is being gradually negotiated away to Mainland China, a group of civic organizations has announced a new national strategy to promote Taiwan’s neutrality. Formally launched on Oct. […]

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Moscow, Amsterdam in heated dispute over submarine sightings

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia and the Netherlands have accused each other of sending a submarine into Swedish territorial waters. On Oct. 17, the Swedish military launched a massive search for a mysterious foreign submarine in its […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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Tunis closes border to stop interference with elections

Tunisians line up to vote on Oct. 26.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has closed its border to prevent Al Qaida from disrupting elections. The government said Tunisia closed its eastern border with Libya ahead of parliamentary elections on Oct. 26. In a statement, the government cited […]

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From one in the know: Snowden is a traitor and likely ‘agent of Vladimir Putin’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Brett M Decker, Radix Charlie Speight is a retired executive from the National Security Agency, which he joined in 1975. During his time at the NSA, he was a National Intelligence Officer, analyst, watch officer, operational staff […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Algeria captures Al Qaida infiltrators on motorbikes crossing border from Niger

Algerian security vehicles near the border with Niger.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has reported foiling Al Qaida-aligned infiltration from Niger. The Defense Ministry said at least 20 armed fighters were captured as they crossed the southern border with Niger. The ministry said the suspected insurgency force […]

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New NATO chief is anti-war activist with record of appeasing Russia

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Last week, Jens Stoltenberg assumed the position of the Secretary General of NATO, replacing his hawkish predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The new chief is quite Russia-friendly — so much so he was evenly vigorously recruited […]

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