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What happened? White House stunned as wars rage across the Middle East

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Special to WorldTribune.com When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a familiar foreign policy vision that had been the refrain of the Left’s criticism of his predecessor: The U.S. would withdraw from the region’s conflicts and focus on its […]

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Moscow fears new war threatens deal; Exiled Yemen president blasts ‘stooges of Iran’

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi speaks during the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

As Saudi-led air strikes hammered the Iran-backed Houthi rebels advancing in Yemen, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Iranian nuclear talks in Switzerland said Moscow hopes fighting in Yemen does not jeopardize the talks. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov assessed chances […]

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Arab summit announces joint military for action in Libya, Yemen

Egypt's President al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman for the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force. Sisi said on March 29 that the force was needed because of the […]

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Iran’s Rouhani gets on the phone with French, British, Russian leaders

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian President Hassan Rohani spoke by telephone March 26 with the leaders of France, Britain, and Russia in an attempt to break an impasse that has held up a nuclear deal […]

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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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Warning to high tech West: Your water infrastructure and water quality are in decline

A river in Zhugao, China. / Peter Parks / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs It was once the standard joke in Britain: everyone talked about the weather, but no one did anything about it. By the early 21st Century, the weather — […]

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The fix is in? Iran ‘deal’ may be just that

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Obama Administration and the tireless Secretary of State John Kerry endlessly strive to reach a nuclear “deal” with Iran. Diplomats are searching to reach an agreement with the Islamic […]

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Wrong: Iran is not cooperating with IAEA as Obama officials claim

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 16. / Brian Snyder / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fred Fleitz One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a nuclear agreement with Iran has been Tehran’s refusal to answer questions by the IAEA about past nuclear activities that appear to be related to nuclear weapons […]

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Two tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

The late Lee Kuan Yew, right, greets South Korean President Park Geun-Hye daughter of former President Park Chung-Hee.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built […]

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China finally moves to mend fences with N. Korea to restore leverage

Liu Yunshan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — China has decided to improve its strained ties with North Korea, which has been moving closer to Russia. China has recently set up three principles in dealing with the North: improvement […]

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