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

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

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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U.S.-led coalition say ongoing air strikes in Iraq are reversing ISIL gains

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on April 14. / Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has released data it says supports claims that U.S. air strikes in Iraq are rolling back last year’s offensive by Islamic State if Iraq and Levant (ISIL). A detailed White House fact sheet  released […]

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Billions of digital words and our spinner-in-chief are only making matters worse

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Sol W. Sanders One of the many reasons we commemorate the catastrophic death of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago is to celebrate his incredible style, his ability in a few words to sum up the essence of our hopes and […]

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Boat with hundreds fleeing Libya sinks in Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard vessel and helicopter search for survivors on April 19. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Italian media reports say as many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat packed with migrants capsized overnight off the Libyan coast. As news of the tragedy spread, French […]

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With new arrests, Morocco continues aggressive security response to ISIL threat

Tunisians living in Morocco demonstrate on behalf of victims of the attack by on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, on March 20. The signs pictured carry the messages "With my blood I fight for my country", left, and "Viva Tunisia", right.  Stringer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan police have arrested a French woman of Moroccan origin and her male companion in the southern city of Safi for suspected links to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The statement on April 16 said the […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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