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'Fake gun' boy shot

A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died yesterday after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer in a park.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon - which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually on the muzzle - from his waistband.

Police confirmed the weapon was an "airsoft" type replica gun that resembled a semi-automatic pistol.

Naked airport man

A PENSIONER is seriously ill after being attacked by a naked man who crashed through a ceiling of a women's toilet at a US airport.

Police say the assailant fled the toilet before biting the 84-year-old man's ear and attempting to choke him with his own cane during the incident in Boston's Logan Airport.

Cameron Shenk (26), who is from Boston, has been charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60 and committing a lewd and lascivious act.

Marion Barry dies

Former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, has died. He was 78.

Mr Barry's family said he died shortly after midnight yesterday in hospital.

He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.

100 militants killed

Kenyan security forces have killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said.

Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday, when gunmen ordered passengers on the bus to recite Koran verses and shot dead non-Muslims - 19 men and nine women - who could not.

Couple slain on beach

Detectives in Trinidad and Tobago are investigating the slaying of an elderly German couple who were found hacked to death on a beach near their vacation home on Tobago's southern coast.

Investigators identified the slain husband and wife as Hubertus and Brigid Keil, who both were in their 70s. The couple had been visiting their Bacelot Bay home in Tobago for 15 years and were well known in the beach community.

Irish Independent