People: Angels take on Moscow criminals

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THE founder of the Los Angeles civilian anti-crime squads, Curtis Sliwa, is confident that the equivalent of his Guardian Angels will soon be patrolling the streets of Moscow. At the end of a 10- day visit, Mr Sliwa said about 100 Muscovites had already volunteered to set up a Russian version and were looking for somewhere to train.

Mr Sliwa and several members of his group made the trip after the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Lujkov, suggested that groups of unarmed civilians trained in self-defence would be a good way of combating Russia's rising crime. He started off well. Mr Sliwa and a British Guardian Angel accompanying him arrested a man assaulting passengers on a metro platform and handed over to the police.

THE author of the recent bungled coup in Cambodia, Prince Norodom Chakrapong, has been trying to lie low in Malaysia, but without success. The Malaysian Foreign Minister wants the troublesome prince to go away 'in a hurry', and certainly before Cambodia's Prime Minister, Norodom Ranariddh, arrives shortly on a state visit. Chakrapong, King Norodom Sihanouk's son, is Ranariddh's half-brother and bitter rival. Kuala Lumpur is so keen to wash its hands of the ineffectual plotter that it has pleaded with France to take him in.

THE recently elected Greek MEP Nana Mouskouri, who takes her seat today for the first time, says she has no intention of giving up singing. 'I will take the time that I need but I will continue to sing. I will organise myself very well,' she says. Though lacking political experience, she says that her popularity and her fluency in six languages are admirable qualifications for her career as representative of Greece's conservative New Democracy party.

HEAVY storms in Krakow forced Bob Dylan to cut short his first concert in Poland. He had to walk off the stage at the city's stadium after organisers decided to stop the show for safety reasons. The 2,000 fans, unworried by the torrential rain, cheered and clapped during his 50 minutes on stage, even after - or perhaps because - Dylan and his band had to switch to acoustic instruments as the downpour washed out loudspeakers and electrical equipment.

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