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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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The backstory to Russia’s S-300 missile sale to Iran, defying bans

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com At the most critical juncture of the difficult 6-party talk with Iran on ending Tehran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin announced it was lifting the ban on exporting to Iran an advanced missile defense […]

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A dangerously tangled geostrategic dilemma in Mideast calls for a U.S. strategy

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Just when events in the Middle East could not seem to be more complicated, this web of intrigue and danger has become even more complex and intertwined. People following these events are well aware […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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Arab cartoonists lampoon U.S.-Iran ‘framework’ nuclear agreement

A Saudi newspaper cartoon that greeted news fo the agreement on April 2. / MEMRI

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Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

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Special to WorldTribune.com Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the […]

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Washington group slams N.Y. Times decision to publish Iran foreign minister’s ‘pure propaganda’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Following are excerpts from an April 21, 2015 statement by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth. Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) condemned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s column featured Monday in The […]

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Iran nuclear talks move from ‘framework’ to the fine-tuning stages

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi  and U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman in Vienna.

Special to WorldTribune.com Negotiators are meeting in Vienna in attempts to reach a deal that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, and EU official Helga […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

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Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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Arab army chiefs reconvene on joint military force as Yemen crisis heats up

From left, Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month in Egypt. / Mohamed Samaaha / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com As U.S. warships monitored an Iran convoy suspected of carrying arms to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, the Gulf Arab state military chiefs were gathering in Cairo. The ostensible purpose of the meeting on April 22 […]

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