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Hurricane Arthur upgraded amid 100mph winds

The US National Hurricane Center has said that Hurricane Arthur was upgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour).

Hurricane Arthur upgraded amid 100mph winds Credit: PA

Arthur was fast approaching the coastline of North Carolina and expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday morning, forecasters said as weather conditions deteriorated in the Outer Banks, where vacationers were forced to evacuate on the eve of the July 4 holiday.

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Hurricane Arthur 35 miles from North Carolina

The eye of hurricane Arthur is now 35 miles from the coast of North Carolina and the core of the system is expected to pass near or over the coast and the outer banks tonight, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said,

Hurricane Arthur 35 miles from US state of North Carolina Credit: Google Maps

It was located about 35 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour the NHC said.

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Terrorists making bombs that 'could evade checks'

The US believes that Islamist terrorists are developing bombs that could evade existing airport security checks.

While there is not thought to be any specific threat the fear is that Jihadis with Western passports and who have been trained by al-Qaeda, could enter airports armed with bombs that are almost invisible to air travel security measures.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports on the new security steps being put in place today:

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US fear terror groups can access European followers

by - Washington Correspondent

By ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore

I think the Americans see a perfect storm brewing in the Middle East - really a war within a war - as various Jihadi groups fight each other for relevance and supremacy.

The concern in the US for counter-terrorism groups is that either Isis or its rivals in terms of al-Qaeda affiliates might seek to gain notoriety and new followers by attacking the US home land.

I don't believe there's a specific threat the US intelligence has intercepted.

But there is alarm here that some of these groups have gained deep technical knowledge of bomb-making as well as access to European followers - those are individuals who may not need a US visa and who with relative ease could get onboard a US-bound airliner.

Watch: Counter-terror expert: Easier to attack UK than America

Counter-terror expert: Easier to attack UK than America

Richard Barrett, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, has told ITV News that despite today's new airport security measures, the US has a "hell of a task" keeping track of would-be terror attackers.

He said that while Britain may be considered a "softer target" for any terror group with global aspirations, the threat to the UK is not much smaller than it is to the US, and in many ways it is "easier to attack Britain".

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Foreign Office: Additional security checks in Uganda

The Foreign Office updated has its travel advice on Uganda after the authorities in Kampala warned of a possible terror threat against Entebbe Airport today.

The Ugandan authorities remain concerned about the possibility of a further attack and have issued a number of alerts warning of a heightened risk of terrorism, including most recently at the beginning of July, about a possible threat against Entebbe airport on 3 July 2014.

There may also be additional security checks, including baggage searches, on the approach to Entebbe Airport.

– Foreign Office advice

Read: US warns of terrorist 'attack' on Uganda airport

Obama calls US team to praise their World Cup run

President Obama made a phone call to US football captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard following their elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.

Obama thanked the players for capturing the "hearts and imaginations of the whole country" and joked with popular goalkeeper Tim Howard:

"I don't know how you're going to survive the mobs when you come back home man...you're going to have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are."

More: Football fans hail historic Tim Howard display against Belgium

US warns of terrorist 'attack' on Uganda airport

The United States has said that it has received a "specific" threat of a terrorist attack at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, according to an official Embassy website.

In a statement on their website, the US Embassy in Kampala has said that it has received information from the Uganda Police Force that there is a "specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group today between the hours of 2100-2300."

The message goes on to warn of the continued threat of potential terrorist attacks in Uganda and urges US citizens to be vigilant.

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