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In Brief: Obama fury at call girl claims

PRESIDENT Barack Obama, said he'll be angry if allegations that US Secret Service agents hired prostitutes in Colombia ahead of his trip there are proven true.

Mr Obama said the agents were supposed to conduct themselves with the highest levels of dignity anywhere in the world. "Obviously, what's been reported doesn't match up to those standards," Mr Obama said.

The Secret Service sent 11 agents home and placed them on leave for misconduct as the agency reviews what happened.

Hunger Games stays on top

The Hunger Games led the US box office for a fourth consecutive weekend, becoming the first film since 2009's Avatar to accomplish that feat.

The movie generated $21.5m in US and Canadian theatres, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said. That was enough to hold off The Three Stooges, which opened in second place with $17.1m, and the horror film The Cabin in the Woods, third in its debut with $14.9m.

Three girls die as tornado hits

Clean-up efforts were underway across the US Midwest after dozens of tornadoes ripped across the region, killing five people in one Oklahoma town, three of them young girls.

Storms skipped through what is often called Tornado Alley in the central and southern plains on Saturday and into Sunday, but the high winds and dozens of tornadoes mostly struck rural areas, sparing the region from worse damage.

The storms damaged up to 90pc of homes and buildings in one small Iowa town.

NZ cardboard cathedral plan

church leaders have announced plans to build a 25m-high cathedral with 104 tubes of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the iconic stone Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand, which was destroyed last year in an earthquake that killed 185 people.

The temporary cathedral will cost about $5m. It will include traditional structural materials like concrete and steel, as well as a polycarbonate roof.