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The family of "a very troubled" teen due to be released from a secure placement in Scotland later this week has told the High Court that the Child and Family Agency's failure to arrange suitable accommodation for him is "unacceptable".

The family of "a very troubled" teen due to be released from a secure placement in Scotland later this week has told the High Court that the Child and Family Agency's failure to arrange suitable accommodation for him is "unacceptable".

Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley was told the teenager has been in Scotland since June of last year. The matter of the teen's future care had come before the courts here on several occasions since his release date was known. The case was adjourned to tomorrow when the court is to be updated on arrangements.

Americans still oppose ransom

Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a US journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS poll shows.

Sixty-two percent of adults surveyed said they agreed with US and British policy of refusing to pay ransom, in response to a question about the killing of American journalist James Foley and the 
ransom demanded by Islamic State militants for his release.

New weapon test backfires

A hypersonic weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska this week after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said.

The weapon is part of a programme to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within an hour of getting data and permission to launch.

Croc up for a midnight snack

A Miami man remained hospitalised in serious condition after a crocodile for the first time in Florida history attacked a pair of late-night swimmers near an upscale suburb, a wildlifeofficial has said

Lisset Rendon (23) was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile's jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez (26) jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, said a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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