During an interrogation session during questioning about the family’s wealth, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak apparently suffered a minor heart attack. His sons Alaa and Gamal were taken into custody and will reportedly be held for up to 15 days as Egypt’s top prosecutor investigates claims that the Mubaraks have hidden illicit fortunes from the country.
Animal off the endangered spieces list
The gray wolf in Idaho and Montana has been removed from the endangered speices list, via one of the policy riders attached to the Congressional budget deal. Enviornmental groups have complained that it sets a dangerous precedent to allow Congress to decide what animal is or is not endangered, rather than a group of scientists.
Syrian women block roads
Thousands of women and children took to the main coastal highway in Syria to protest President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime, the Associated Press reports: “In an apparent attempt to calm the women’s demonstration, authorities released about 100 of the detainees and brought them to the area where the protesters had gathered, prompting cheers and ululations, a witness said. But the protester, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, said the sit-in will continue until all the men are released.”