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Saudi opposition reports King Abdullah has terminal lung cancer »

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi King Abdullah was said to be dying of cancer. An opposition research group said Abdullah was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, quoting…

Sources: Syrian jihad coming to Egypt with help from Turkey, Qatar and Obama »

A fighter celebrates after firing a missile toward a building where Syrian troops were hiding. /Boston.com

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The struggle for Egypt is on the verge of a major escalation as the key sponsors of the…

Syria hell: Fear and famine stalk a war-ravaged land »

Hell: Food lines in February in Damascus await assistance by the UN’s Relief and Works Agency.   Daily Telegraph

UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces a deepening drought and food crisis in the midst of an expanding conflict.…

Sources: U.S. urges Israel to attack Syrian forces threatening CIA-trained rebels in Golan »

A truck carries an Israeli Merkava tank making its way to the Israeli-Syrian border in the center of the Golan Heights.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The United States is pressuring Israel to attack the Syrian military in the Golan Heights. Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Israel…

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Major branch splits with Al Qaida, saying Zawahiri ‘deviated from the correct path’ »

ISIL fighters in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The leading Islamist insurgency network in the Levant has broken from Al Qaida. Islamic…

Britain eyes permanent post-Afghan presence in the Persian Gulf »

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Britain has been searching for a permanent military presence in the Gulf. Officials…

Al Qaida bloodbath in Syria terminates Nusara Front commander, wife, daughter, brother and two assassins »

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — A leading rebel commander has been killed in the Al Qaida war in Syria.…

Kurdistan completes border trench to stop Al Qaida infiltration from Syria »

3-meter-wide trench is to stretch along 17 kilometers of the Iraq-Syria border.  /AFP/Safin Hamed

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan has sought to seal its border with Syria. The…

Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims »

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the…

New radiation belt said to optimize survival in nuclear catastrophe »

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Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has overseen the development of a belt that protects against nuclear radiation.…

S. Sudan government charges Khartoum backing rebels who claim key oil town »

South Sudan troops wrested control of Bentiu from rebels in January but have lost the town again.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Rebels have claimed the capture of an oil-rich area of South Sudan. On April…

Hamas military wing again stung: 4 die from ‘mysterious explosion’ »

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Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — The Hamas military and its allies have been hampered by a series of…

Egypt: U.S. strategic ties on hold

Rumors of military purge swirl in Beijing

Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims »

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous” political demonstrations and government building seizures by pro-Russian separatists, are bringing an air of deliberately planned disorder to the country’s eastern regions bordering Russia. On the other, rhetorical posturing by the United States…

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars »

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Union. In their view, America was to blame for…

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two might form an alliance and fight the third one, the odd man out. Rather than…

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Egalitarian wasteland: Welcome, new parents, to the public education system you are paying for! »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The moment finally came. My husband and I looked at one another with pride and began that gleeful conversation: Is he ready for preschool? We concluded our first-born and four-year-old son, having enjoyed years of nurturing in the home, is indeed at last ready to begin his formal education…

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Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) »

Lev Navrozov “Lev, this is Julie. Do you remember me?” The voice on the phone sounded familiar. She went on: “Almost forty years ago, I believe the year was 1975, I went to see your play ‘Welcome to Soviet America!’ at Carnegie Hall. It was a one-actor play, in which you played all the roles,…

Life and Look magazines herald the 50th Anniver­sary of the USSR, 1967.

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A number of officials in the Administration Department of the Workers’ Party linked to Jang Song-Thaek have either been executed or sent to gulags.

The purge that has filled N. Korean gulags and the nation-wide power base that triggered it »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is closing in on his goal of eliminating the network of his late uncle and associates by the…

Beijing makes a point of delivering pointed remarks to the visiting Chuck Hagel »

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7. /chinanews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Beijing will be remembered as the first time that…

China gets vulgar about White House meeting with Hong Kong leaders »

Martin Lee and Anson Chan meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Traveling to the U.S. to appeal to foreigners was a bad move made by Hong Kong’s pan-democracy advocates,…

S. Korean president makes case for ‘roadmap’ to unification in Dresden, Germany »

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye proposes "roadmap" to reunification on March 28 at the Dresden University of Technology.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said an ‘economic bonanza’ would result from the unification of North and South…

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Neo-Soviet chess: Ukraine checked in drama starring Russian aggressors as victims »

Armed Moscow supporters take over police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on April 12.  /Efrem Lukatsky/AP

UNITED NATIONS — The fate of Ukraine, one of Eastern Europe’s largest countries, hangs in the balance. On the one hand, ”spontaneous”…

S. Sudan government charges Khartoum backing rebels who claim key oil town »

South Sudan troops wrested control of Bentiu from rebels in January but have lost the town again.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Rebels have claimed the capture of an oil-rich area of South Sudan. On April 15, the rebels,…

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.  /Getty Images

Britain eyes permanent post-Afghan presence in the Persian Gulf »

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Britain has been searching for a permanent military presence in the Gulf. Officials said the British military was seeking to transfer assets from Afghanistan…

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