Thousands of Egyptians filled Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to call for the prosecution of top members of the former government.
The protest had one of the largest turnouts since the popular uprising that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak in February. But it fell far short of the millions who turned out at the height of the revolution.
Egyptians are finding that uprisings are expensive. The economy is suffering from uncertainty — and everyone feels the pinch.
The war continues in Ivory Coast. As Reuters reports, "fierce fighting spread across Abidjan on Friday as troops loyal to Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo fended off attacks by forces supporting Alassane Ouattara's rival claim to the presidency."
Can you guess the number of rigs that are now actively looking for oil and natural gas in the United States? It now stands at 1,776 — one of America's favorite numbers. The figure reflects a rise of 38 rigs in the past week, and a gain of 311 over the same week one year ago.
The AP reports:
Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 891 rigs were exploring for gas and 877 for oil. Eight were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, the count was 1,465.
Seven United Nations staffers were killed when a mob of people enraged over the burning of a Quran stormed a U.N. office in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.
Four Afghan protesters also died, officials said.
Afghan officials said about 2,000 people were protesting peacefully outside the office after learning that a Florida pastor had burned a copy of the Muslim holy book. Afghan authorities suspect insurgents melded into the crowd and they announced the arrest of more than 20 people, including a militant they suspect was the ringleader of the assault.