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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government [...]

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Israel improves defense ties with top European ally Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gesture during a joint press conference at the King David hotel in Jerusalem, Feb. 25.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Germany and Israel have pledged to enhance defense and security cooperation. In a joint statement, the governments of Berlin and Jerusalem said the two countries would develop defense research and technology. The statement, which ended German-Israeli consultations, also cited a dialogue on mutual threats. “The defense ministers will continue to [...]

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German diplomats in Saudi Arabia survive assassination attempt by Shi’ite insurgents

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported a suspected Shi’ite attack on Westerners. Officials said two German diplomats survived a shooting attack in the Shi’ite town of Awamiya on Jan. 13. Awamiya, located in the oil-rich Eastern Province, has been a battleground between Saudi security forces and Shi’ite insurgents, believed supported by [...]

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GREATEST HITS 2013: While Obamcare stuns the U.S., ‘leading from behind’ unravels world peace

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Sol W. Sanders   Originally published Oct. 28, 2013 The U.S. is transfixed by the Obama administration’s massively bungled attempt to nationalize one sixth of the economy, the health welfare system. But the rest of the world watches the slow motion unfolding of another debacle: the loss of post-World War II American leadership of the [...]

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Israel buying German destroyers to protect oil assets in Mediterranean

A German Navy frigate, the F-219 Sacsen, test fires an SM-2 Block IIIA in 2011.  /German Navy

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com LONDON — Israel has been preparing to purchase naval combat vessels from Germany. A leading German daily said Berlin has agreed to an Israeli request for two naval destroyers. The newspaper, Bild, reported the cost of procurement at 1 billion euro. Bild said the German ships would be equipped with torpedoes [...]

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Obama’s Munich: Diplomacy paving the road to war

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Jeffrey T. Kuhner History is repeating itself. The recent interim nuclear deal signed by the United States and other major powers with Iran in Geneva paves the way for war. President Obama is the new Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who boasted of creating “peace in our time” after signing an agreement with Nazi [...]

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Europeans joining Israel’s military by the hundreds

Members of the Israel Defense Forces band on their annual tour of Europe in mid-November. / Cnaan Liphshiz / JTA

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Europeans have been volunteering for Israel’s military.   A report said that hundreds of Europeans joined the Israeli military. The report by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said dozens of of the Europeans were also involved in missions against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “A [...]

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While Obamcare stuns the U.S., ‘leading from behind’ unravels world peace

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Sol W. Sanders   The U.S. is transfixed by the Obama administration’s massively bungled attempt to nationalize one sixth of the economy, the health welfare system. But the rest of the world watches the slow motion unfolding of another debacle: the loss of post-World War II American leadership of the worldwide alliance for peace and [...]

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Israeli drone marks 15,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — A leading Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle has reached a milestone in the NATO stabilization campaign in Afghanistan. Executives said the Heron-1 UAV, operated by the German military and Cassidian, has exceeded more than 15,000 flight hours in Afghanistan. Heron-1, produced by the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, has been assigned to [...]

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Sleeper agents planted during Cold War are sentenced in Germany

Accused Russian spies with the aliases Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag appear in court in Stuttgart, Germany. (Their identities were obscured at the request of the court.)  /Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a case reminiscent of the Cold War era, a German court near Stuttgart on July 2 sentenced two Russian agents, planted in West Germany during the 1980s and active until their arrest in October 2011. Andreas Anschlag, 54, and his wife Heidrun, 48, were planted by the [...]

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