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Imagine the chaos of Black Friday---
but worse. Every shopper's nightmare
was lived out on Thursday when a horde
of rowdy teens stampeded through a
New York mall---screaming, wreaking
havoc and banging on shop doors.
"Things are back to normal with more
police around," Joli Chen, a worker at a
beauty supply store, said Saturday.
"But the other day was crazy. Black
Friday was normal compared to that.
They were making trouble."
Flash mobs have been known to
descend on malls across the country,
singing, dancing and even accompanying
couples getting engaged.
But the Brooklyn flash mob isn't the
first to turn ugly. Police said the group
destroyed an electronic anti-shoplifting
security scanner that cost about $1,500.
The massive crowd descended on the
store after a party that was broken up
No arrests were made. (CNN)
Mob of teens overruns mall in Brooklyn
HARARE---Foreign shop owners---mainly Chi-
nese and Nigerian nationals---say Zimbabwean
authorities have reversed an ultimatum for them
to close their businesses by January 1.
The owners of mainly small businesses selling
cheap consumer goods said Monday there were
informed of a weekend statement by empowerment
minister Francis Nhema that they have been
allowed to continue trading.
Under Zimbabwe s "indigenisation" laws passed
in 2007, certain sectors such as retail trade, farming
and hair salons are reserved solely for black Zim-
Poor townships and city flea markets have in
recent years been inundated by shops run by for-
eigners who had come under fire for taking those
opportunities from local blacks. (AP)
Zimbabwe: Foreign shop
owners get govt reprieve
Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman
among Americans for the 12th-straight year,
according to a national poll released yesterday
And for the sixth straight year, the survey indi-
cates president Barack Obama ranks as the most
Each year in an open-ended format, Gallup
asks Americans to name the man and woman
living anywhere in the world they admire most.
Clinton, the former secretary of state, senator
from New York, 2008 Democratic presidential
candidate, and former first lady, has topped the
Gallup survey 18 times, the most in its history.
She captured 15 per cent support this year, down
from 21 per cent last year.
Oprah Winfrey was second at six per cent, fol-
lowed by first lady Michelle Obama and 2008
Republican vice presidential nominee and former
Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, each at five per cent.
Obama has topped the list as the most admired
man each year since his victory in the 2008 pres-
idential election. (CNN)
Clinton most admired, again
Ninety senior Con-
servative activists have
urged David Cameron
not to lift border con-
trols on Bulgarian and
Romanian migrants on
In a letter to the PM,
they argue he could use
a clause in EU law to
prevent a "hugely dis-
ruptive and destabilising
wave of mass immigra-
It allows countries to
continue with border
controls if they have
"serious labour market
They said the UK
needs "space and time"
to reduce long-term
secretary Chris Grayling
acknowledged there was
"massive" public con-
cern about the issue but
suggested retaining the
restrictions was not fea-
sible as his party s Liberal
partners would not sup-
port the necessary meas-
ures in Parliament.
Bulgarians and Roma-
nians gained the right to
visa-free travel to the UK
in 2007, when their
countries joined the EU.
Since then, temporary
restrictions have been in
place meaning Romani-
ans and Bulgarians have
been able to work in the
UK only if they are self-
employed, have a job
offer, or are filling spe-
cialist posts for which no
British worker can be
These restrictions will
be dropped on January
1, having been extended
to the maximum period
of seven years. (BBC)
The International Olympic
Committee president says he has
confidence that Russian author-
ities will deliver a "safe and
secure" Games in Sochi.
Thomas Bach wrote to presi-
dent Vladimir Putin to express
condolences for the two deadly
attacks that struck Volgograd
within 24 hours.
Investigators say the attacks on
a railway station and trolleybus,
which killed at least 31 people,
They struck just over a month
before the Winter Olympics begin
Volgograd was also targeted in
October, when a suspected female
suicide bomber killed six people
in an attack on a bus.
For most Russians, these attacks
came as a huge shock. Despite
public assurances that the troubles
in the Caucasus were coming
under control, clashes between
extremists and government
troops, and some small-scale
attacks, have continued.
More disturbingly, extremism
has recently started to flare up
further north, in some of Russia s
central regions, much closer to
This industrial and transport
hub is of huge symbolic impor-
tance to most Russians. The
attacks there, just weeks before
the opening of the Winter
Olympics, have created unease
across Russia. Many are now ask-
ing why the country s powerful
security services failed to stop the
bombers, accusing them of com-
placency and unprofessionalism.
The threat to the Games in
Sochi may not be so great: there
are hundreds of police officers
and military personnel deployed
around the area. But the fear is
that the bombers may strike else-
The city is in the same broad
geographical area as Sochi and
the timing of these three attacks
suggests they may be inspired by
the Games, says the BBC s
Moscow correspondent Daniel
Investigators say at least 14
people were killed in a suicide
bombing on a trolleybus in Vol-
gograd on Monday morning.
It came a day after 17 people
died in another suicide attack at
the central station in the city.
Scores were injured in the two
In his statement, Mr Bach said
he was "certain that everything
will be done to ensure the security
of the athletes and all the partic-
ipants of the Olympic Games",
which open on February 7.
But correspondents say despite
intense security in Sochi, Russians
are palpably nervous that follow-
ing these attacks in Volgograd---
which lies 700km north-east of
Sochi---bombers could also strike
Police officers with a sniffer dog examine territory around the site of a trolleybus explosion in Volgograd,
After Russia deadly bomb blast...
Games will be safe
Public sector workers in the Argentine capital
of Buenos Aires were told not to come to work
yesterday in an effort to save electricity.
The city has been experiencing power shortages
as air-conditioning use has soared as residents
try to keep cool during a severe heatwave.
Some neighbourhoods have been without power
for two weeks, with temperatures rising well over
35 degrees Celsius. Argentina s ageing power grid
has been struggling to keep up with demand.
Public sector workers in the city were asked to
stay at home all day yesterday, while those in
Buenos Aires province were told to leave work at
noon. An estimated 11,000 people still had no
electricity over the weekend. Hundreds of thou-
sands had suffered power cuts over the preceding
Buenos Aires power
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