Saudi Arabian women break driving ban, defy warnings
A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution. It is all part of a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said.
Though no specific Saudi law bans women from driving, women are not issued licenses.
Five videos were published on the campaign’s YouTube feed and Twitter on Saturday morning, dated Oct. 26 and purporting to show women driving in Riyadh, the oasis region of al-Ahsa and the city of Jeddah.
Obama vows website fixes
In his weekly web address, President Barack Obama promised he has people working overtime to fix the troubled healthcare.gov site. According to Mr. Obama, 20 million Americans have visited the site since it opened three weeks ago — but only about 700,000 managed to complete applications for insurance coverage. He said while glitches are being addressed, healthcare.gov has been updated to offer more information about enrolling over the phone, by mail, or in person.
In this week’s Republican response, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) warned the website woes foreshadow big troubles to come with the healthcare law.
Tens of thousands flee India flooding
Since Monday, torrential rains have caused massive flooding in southeast India, killing dozens of people and forcing more than 70,000 to evacuate out of low-lying villages in the so-called “Rice Bowl” of India.
The Press Trust of India reports close to 50 have died in flood-related incidents in the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states since the rains began. The report said those killed have drowned when swept away by surging waters or by collapsed walls weakened from the flooding.
Many railway tracks have been submerged or damaged and services have been suspended along those routes.