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Judge threatens to free men accused of violent crimes if Louisiana doesn't provide attorneys

Each of the seven defendants has been charged with a serious crime — including murder, rape, armed robbery or assault with a firearm.<p>Now a Louisiana judge is threatening to set them free before their cases have a chance to go to trial.<p>In an effort to pressure state lawmakers to provide more …

U.S. Supreme Court

Syrian towns retaken from ISIL

A pro-rebel Syrian news agency (SMART) reported the southern town of Tasil has been retaken by rebel groups linked to the Free Syrian Army.<p>The town had been seized by the ISIL-linked Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade.<p>Videos posted on line purported to show armed rebel groups driving through the town being …

Panama Papers: El Salvador raids Mossack Fonseca office

Authorities in El Salvador have raided the local offices of law firm Mossack Fonseca and seized documents and equipment, according to the office of the country's attorney general.<p>The Panama-based law firm is at the centre of an international data leak scandal - dubbed the Panama Papers - that has …

Corruption

North Korean restaurant workers defect en masse to South Korea

TOKYO — Thirteen North Koreans working at a state-run restaurant in an unidentified country defected to South Korea this week, the government in Seoul announced Friday.<p>A male manager and 12 female employees arrived in South Korea on Thursday, a spokesman for the South’s unification ministry said, …

North Korea

Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists

THE hunters searching for mammoth tusks were drawn to the steep riverbank by a deposit of ancient bones. To their astonishment, they discovered an …

Paleontology

This spider from New Zealand has lightning fast jaws

There are plenty of insects and reptiles out there that are quick when it comes to prey, but this trap-jaw spider might just be too fast for …