Weekly World News Brief

Friday, November 24, 2006

Written by May Warren

Shoppers Hit the Stores On Black Friday

US shoppers rose early to hit the stores in an effort to get some of the best bargains of the year, today. The day after the American Thanksgiving, called Black Friday because of the profits it makes larger department stores, is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the season. Many stores opened at midnight in order to bring in more consumers, while others such as Wal-Mart introduced gimmicks like heavily discounted flat screen TVs to entice early bird shoppers. Many parking lots were packed by 4:30 am, and in Florida shoppers stood in line for hours despite the fact that temperatures hovered over freezing. Last year sales on “Black Friday", were down 0.9% to $8 billion US.

Officials Say Ex –Russian Spy was Killed by Radiation

Former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko died November 23rd after coming into contact with a major dose of radiation. From his deathbed in a London hospital Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of poisoning him. Officials agree that the amount found in Litvinenko’s system could only have been ingested or come into his body through a large wound. The Kremlin has vehemently denied the accusations. Litvinenko says he began to notice adverse effects after a meeting with someone who allegedly had information about the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was also very critical of the Putin regime. Litvinenko says after the meeting his hair began to fall out, his throat swelled and he became sure he had been poisoned.

Shia militia kills 6 Sunnis Alive

Shia militia doused six Sunnis in kerosene and lit them on fire, burning them alive, say Iraqi police. The act is suspected to be in reaction to last week’s car bombings in which 200 people were killed in Baghdad’s Shia district. Baghdad is currently under 24-hour curfew in an attempt to contain the escalating violence. Funeral processions for those killed in the car bombings occurred Friday.

Protestant Extremist Throws Bomb into Government Meeting

A key meting to determine the future of Northern Ireland was disrupted yesterday, when Protestant extremist Michael Stone threw six amateur bombs into the government building where talks were being held. Security staff managed to dismantle bombs, but the meeting was disrupted while the building was evacuated. Stone is a well-known extremist who shot and killed three Catholic mourners at a funeral in 1988. The meeting he disrupted was the first in a series of steps towards power sharing in a new government.

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