As the protests continued, President Mohamed Morsi visited the western city of Ismailia to inaugurate a maritime project, but he was received by activists who blocked a railway station, tore down the welcoming banners, and issued a statement saying they were opposed to inaugurating new projects while there was corruption in the railway system. - AP
Seeking a pass to drive drunk
DUBLIN, Ireland - A license to drive drunk? Some small-town politicians think it's just the tonic for rural Ireland.
Councilmen in Kerry, southwest Ireland, passed a motion this week asking the government to create a permit that would allow isolated farmers to drink a few pints and then return home in their car, or on their tractor, without fear of arrest.
Its backers say the measure is needed to combat an epidemic of boredom and depression on farms ever since Ireland imposed in 2011 tough new blood-alcohol limits on drivers. But Justice Minister Alan Shatter shot down the proposal during a speech in parliament Thursday as "grossly irresponsible."
A generation ago, drunken driving was commonplace in Ireland, and even the smallest villages or forlorn crossroads would feature a pub. But in this century, the country has steadily improved road-safety standards, introducing mandatory driving tests, blood and breath tests, and above all a penalty-points system. - AP
Terror deputy dies of injuries
SANA'A, Yemen - Al-Qaeda's No. 2 in Yemen died of wounds suffered in a U.S. drone attack last year in southern Yemen, the country's official news agency and a security official said Thursday.
Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was wounded in a missile attack Oct. 28 in the southern city of Saada, according to SABA news agency.
The agency said he had fallen into a coma since then. It was not clear when he actually died.