A 28-year-old German national who was co-piloting Germanwings Flight 9525 apparently deliberately crashed the plane this week, killing 144 passengers and six crew members including himself, officials said Thursday.
U.S.-led warplanes continued to hammer ISIS positions around the pivotal Iraqi battleground city of Tikrit, stepping in at the Iraqi Prime Minister's request to get at what a spokesman called "difficult targets."
Saudi Arabia and allied warplanes on Thursday launched airstrikes and threatened ground troops against rebels in Yemen, inserting itself into its southern neighbor's civil war and potentially opening up a broader sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
On any other Wednesday morning, the steps in front of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium would be packed with kids on their way to class, discussing homework, chattering about last night's TV shows, or laying out plans for the coming weekend.
The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine were once the backdrop for the movie "Star Wars," much of which was filmed in this neglected corner of Tunisia in 1976. This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws a few fans of the movie but now finds itself part of a real conflict, as a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east.
House Speaker John Boehner said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is "innocent until proven guilty" after the U.S. military charged him with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, but emphasized in an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash that he was more concerned about the circumstances of his release.