Cuba calls screenings 'hostile action'

HAVANA — Cuba summoned the top U.S. diplomat on the island Tuesday to protest extra screening for Cuban citizens flying into the United States, calling the rule a "hostile action" meant to justify America's trade embargo.

The new dispute comes after several setbacks that have all but snuffed out hope for a quick resolution to the half-century of antagonism between Cuba and the United States, and as Cuban officials have been increasingly sharp-spoken about their disappointment in President Obama.

Canada to use full-body scanners

TORONTO — Full-body scanners will be introduced in Canada following the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner, Canada's transport minister said Tuesday.

Transport Minister John Baird said 44 machines will be purchased. Twelve will be put in place later this month, and the rest will be operational in the spring.

Transport Canada spokesman Patrick Charette said the scanners will be used only on passengers boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Toronto, which has Canada's busiest airport, and Vancouver, host of the Winter Olympics next month, will get the first scanners.

Snow, ice paralyze much of Britain

LONDON — Airports and highways were shut, hundreds of schools had to close, and even the venerable soap opera "Coronation Street" was disrupted Tuesday as the worst snow and icy weather in years swept Britain.

All flights in and out of London's Gatwick and Luton airports were canceled as workers rushed to clear snow from runways. Other airports across the U.K. —including Manchester Airport, the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool and Southampton Airport — also closed temporarily.