- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
World Briefs: U.S. Navy helicopter crashes with 5 aboard
Question of the Day
United Arab Emirates
DUBAI — A U.S. Navy helicopter with a crew of five crashed n the Gulf nation of Oman on Thursday, a Navy spokesman said.
Lt. Greg Raelson, of the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, gave no immediate word on the fate of the crew, but an Omani air force official said three of them have been found so far and are being treated at a hospital. The official was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity
No hostile activity is suspected.
Lt. Raelson said an investigation is under way into crash of the MH-35E Sea Dragon. He said the helicopter was assigned to a mine countermeasure squadron and was involved in heavy lift operations when it crashed 58 miles southwest of the capital Muscat.
Former ambassador to U.S. named spy chief
RIYADH — Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to the United States, has been named the country's new intelligence chief, the royal palace announced Thursday.
Prince Bandar, who retains his job as secretary-general of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council, replaces Mogren bin Abdel Aziz, who resigned.
Prince Bandar was Saudi envoy to Washington from 1983 to 2005.
Former dictator gets second life sentence
TUNIS — Tunisia's former dictator Thursday received his second life sentence in absentia from a military court that convicted him for complicity in the killings of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia, was already given a life sentence in June in the deaths of protesters in southern Tunisia, where the movement against him began in December 2010.
Tunisia has asked Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali so he can face these and other charges in person, but the nation has never received an answer. Nonetheless, the Tunisian government has pledged to bring Ben Ali and all of his associates to justice for crimes they allegedly committed during his 23-year iron-fisted rule.
The latest case concerned protesters killed in the capital and the north of the country. More than 40 officials were tried, receiving sentences ranging from five years to life in prison. The former head of the presidential guard, Ali Seriati, was sentenced to 20 years prison, while former Interior Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem was given 15 years. Both are in custody.
Demonstrators demand ouster of president
NOUAKCHOTT — Thousands of Mauritanians protested in the capital late Wednesday, calling for the departure of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a man they accuse of despotism and mismanagement.
Protestors chanted "Aziz get out" and "we are sick of the tyrant" as they marched through Nouakchott in the latest of several anti-regime protests held in the West African nation in recent months.
Saleh Ould Henenna, leader of the Coordination of Democratic Opposition who organized the march, said Mr. Aziz should "leave before it is too late."
The opposition began holding similar protests May 2, most of which have been broken up by police, leaving several injured.
They accuse Mr. Aziz of despotism and mismanagement and having failed to heed commitments made in the diplomatic accords that led to his election in 2009, a year after he seized power in a coup.
The president's term expires in 2014.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
TWT Video Picks
By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
- SOWELL:Bordering on immigration madness
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq