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New Zealand shoppers flee 7 earthquakes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Christchurch was shaking again today, with seven earthquakes sending terrified shoppers running into the streets, cutting power and damaging buildings.

The temblors hit nearly four months after a magnitude-7.1 quake caused extensive damage in New Zealand's second largest city.

Sunday's biggest quake, measuring 4.9, struck at 10:30 a.m. near the city center, cutting power and forcing the evacuation of malls packed with shoppers for post-Christmas sales and hotels full of holiday guests.

The local fire service reported significant structural damage to buildings in the city center, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the Stuff news website reported.

President of Egypt lays out five-year plan

CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday set his sights on an ambitious annual 8 percent economic growth rate over the next five years, laying out his policies ahead of next year's presidential election.

The 82-year old Mubarak, Egypt's longest serving president, in office since 1981, has not said whether he will run for office again. He has denied reports he is grooming his son to take over, despite his increasing power in the ruling party.

Mubarak spelled out his economic program at the National Democratic Party's annual convention, which followed the party's overwhelming victory in recent parliamentary elections, where it won close to 90 percent of the seats.

12 terrorism suspects arrested in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, the public prosecutor said Saturday.

The men, aged 19 to 48, were detained Friday on a tip from the intelligence services that they were planning an attack shortly in the Netherlands.

There was no immediate information on the alleged target, but Rotterdam is Europe's biggest port and a hub of maritime commerce, with huge oil and gas storage facilities and dozens of massive docks.

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