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US demands airport scans

Passengers flying into the United States from Nigeria, Yemen and other "countries of interest" will be subject to enhanced screening techniques, such as body scans and pat-downs, the US Transportation Security Administration said.

Starting today, all passengers on US-bound international flights will be subject to random screening. Airports are also directed to increase "threat-based" screening of passengers who may be acting in a suspicious manner.

Boy (13) 'fatally stabbed cousin'

Police in the Bahamas said a 13-year-old boy fatally stabbed his adult cousin with a knife after the pair argued over the use of a computer.

The boy was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 26-year-old Cordero Newbold in the capital of Nassau.

A police statement said the man died of stab wounds and a bloody knife was recovered from the Chester Close home.

Probe over Obama effigy

The US Secret Service says it is investigating an effigy of President Barack Obama found hanging by a noose from a building in the hometown of former president Jimmy Carter.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said that the large black doll was found on Saturday morning along Main Street in the small town of Plains. Footage from WALB-TV shows the doll was hanging in front of a red, white and blue sign that says "Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President". A witness told the station that the doll had a sign with Obama's name on it.

Fry calls time on tweeting

Stephen Fry has announced he is going to quit Twitter to concentrate on his work.

The 52-year-old writer, actor and comedian, who has more than one million followers on the social networking site, decided to say farewell to his fans to work on a new book.

However, he has promised to return to the micro-blogging world once he has completed a follow-up to his autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot.