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Posted: January 25, 2013

Egyptian rallies mark uprising

CAIRO - Egyptian security forces fired tear gas, and protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails in a daylong demonstration Thursday, raising fears of a violent anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak.

Youth activists and opposition groups have called for large rallies on the anniversary Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in front of the presidential palace in the upscale suburb, Heliopolis.

The protests, which left dozens injured, began before dawn in central Cairo when protesters tried to tear down a concrete wall built to prevent them from reaching the parliament and the cabinet building. The street clashes continued after darkness fell on the Egyptian capital.

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.

- AP

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