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Uninvited: Turkey plans to search for energy in Cypriot waters

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been considering forcing its way into the area of energy exploration in Cyprus. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the government was considering a plan for Ankara to begin exploring for crude oil and natural gas in the so-called Cypriot exclusive economic zone. Yildiz said a Turkish seismic [...]

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Corruption central: Countries in Mideast have little control over defense industries

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The level of corruption in Middle East defense procurement is among the highest in the world, a report said. Transparency International, a London-based group, said the high corruption included Israel, whose parliament has little oversight over defense contracts. “Parliaments and legislatures in two-thirds of the 82 countries assessed have seriously [...]

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Turkey, Lebanon seen challenging energy exploration in E. Mediterranean

Tamar natural gas rig.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Regional rivalries have threatened energy projects in the Mediterranean Sea. The International Energy Agency warned that challenges by Lebanon and Turkey threaten major energy projects by Israel and the Republic of Cyprus. The Paris-based organization said the emerging conflict over reserves could stop the exploration of an estimated 10 trillion [...]

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UK fighters confront Syrian Su-24s in Cypriot air space

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — For the first time, Syria has expanded air force operations and confronted a NATO ally in the Mediterranean Sea. The British Defense Ministry confirmed reports that an air confrontation took place over the Mediterranean on Sept. 2. The ministry said unidentified combat aircraft, later deemed Syrian, entered the air space [...]

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Cyprus, key base for NATO, signals it won’t play major role in Syrian campaign

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Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Republic of Cyprus does not envision playing a major role in any NATO air campaign against Syria. A senior Cypriot official said the two British bases on the eastern Mediterranean island would probably not be used for air strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Cyprus, less [...]

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Russian military accord with Cyprus could pose problems for NATO, U.S.

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Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia has been preparing to sign a major military agreement with the Republic of Cyprus. Officials said the Kremlin has drafted an agreement that envisioned significant military and defense cooperation with Cyprus. The officials said the accord could result in eventual Russian military deployment on the eastern Mediterranean island. “There [...]

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Letter from Israel: Let’s hear it for Portugal

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho prepares to address the country on April 7.  /Armando Franca/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey If the European market weren’t so important to Israel, the never-ending saga of European wrong-headedness would be laughable. A Martian watching the antics from space would be overcome by diabolical laughter. The crisis of the week has shifted from Cyprus, where the EU, the ECB and the IMF decided [...]

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A world in need of leadership: Picking up the post-Cyprus geopolitical pieces

A policeman stands near an ATM outside a branch of Laiki bank in Nicosia, Cyprus.  /Marios Lolos/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Sol W. Sanders   It’s early on but some new disturbing geopolitical trends are emerging or being emphasized from the Cyprus financial crisis that go far beyond continuing the very real threat to the Euro and the whole economic structure of the European Union. Offstage, it has exposed the growing deterioration of the Russian regime [...]

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Turkey warns Cyprus against leveraging energy assets

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has sought to stop the Republic of Cyprus from using energy assets as collateral for its bailout. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Nicosia did not own the natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean. The ministry, warning of a regional crisis, said Turkey claims the fields along with the [...]

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Rare opportunities amid monumental stupidity in Cyprus

"Nobody will ever know what psychotropic substance the Eurogroup and the IMF were consuming last Saturday, March 16, when they decided to light a fuse under the solemn commitment to small depositor insurance...."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey It has been said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce. The interminable European economic/financial crisis neatly illustrates that saying. Mishandled from the beginning by a clueless set of politicians and bureaucrats, the most recent episode descends into a melancholy comedy of intentional and unintentional [...]

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