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In Brief: Model spy in plagiarism row

FORMER spy Anna Chapman is being accused of plagiarism after Russian bloggers said her column in the best-selling Komsomolskaya Pravda daily appears to have been copied from a book.

The 29-year-old (pictured), who was deported from the United States last year along with nine other Russian sleeper agents, has been keeping a high profile in Russia, modelling and taking a role in the pro-Kremlin youth movement.

Drugs sneaked in... by catapult

Mexican army soldiers have seized two catapults that were being used by drug smugglers to fling packages of marijuana across the border into Arizona.

An anonymous tip led troops to a house in the border city of Agua Prieta where they found a catapult in the bed of a pick-up truck and another inside the house.

Soldiers also seized 1.4 tonnes of the drug during the raid in Agua Prieta, which is across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

Reagan statue greets fliers

a 9ft bronze statue of Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at an airport named after the former US president.

It is the fourth dedicated this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, which operates his presidential library.

The unveiling also gave travellers an opportunity to revisit the debate over whether Mr Reagan was worthy of having his name put on the airport that had long been known simply as National.

The new statue in Washington cost nearly $1m

Arquette axed on dance show

It was the last tango for David Arquette.

The 40-year-old actor was dismissed from the US TV show Dancing With the Stars.

He earned 47 points out of 60 for his two dances, landing in second to last place. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which celebrity contestant is ousted each week.

Nancy Grace finished last Monday, but fans kept her in the contest.