Obama to Host Tunisia President at White House
U.S. President Barack Obama meets at the White House Thursday with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to help underscore Washington's support for the country's democratic transition.
President Essebsi came to power following historic elections in December.
U.S. officials say the presidents will discuss increasing U.S. military and economic aid to Tunisia, which is dealing with massive youth unemployment and the threat of regional instability.
Long-time president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by democratic protests in 2011 that inspired the Arab Spring uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.
The country has since held several successful elections, and despite bouts of violence, the country's secular and Islamist parties have largely avoided the turmoil that spread through other Arab Spring countries.
CNN: China Issues Warnings to US Spy Plane
China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military surveillance plane that passed over a group of man-made islands Beijing is using to secure its sweeping territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
"This is the Chinese navy, this is the Chinese navy, please go away quickly," said in a voice in English, according to a report by CNN, whose reporters were allowed to fly on the U.S. P8-A Poseidon spy plane on Wednesday.
CNN says the U.S. Navy's most advanced spy aircraft passed as low as 4,500 meters over the disputed reefs and shoals in the Spratly Islands, which are nearly 1,000 kilometers from the shores of mainland China.
U.S. officials have expressed increasing concern about China's land-reclamation efforts at seven sites in the Spratly, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.