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Two Steubenville football players found guilty of raping teenage girl at party

Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community’s athletes.

Pope Francis declares: “I would like to see a church that is poor and for the poor” 

As he walked on to the stage of the Vatican’s vast Paul VI audience hall on Saturday, Pope Francis was still wearing the white cassock, plain crucifix and black shoes that have characterised his fledgling papacy’s pared-down aesthetic.

Cyprus: panic as savings levy is imposed

Cypriots reacted with shock that turned to panic on Saturday after a 10% one-off levy on savings was forced on them as part of an extraordinary 10bn euro (£8.7bn) bailout agreed in Brussels.

China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, vows to tackle bureaucracy and corruption

China‘s new premier has promised to tackle bureaucracy, government excess and corruption as he began his term.

Rabies: hundreds checked after transplant death

Public health agencies in five US states are assessing the rabies risk for hundreds of people who may have had close contact with an infected organ donor and four transplant recipients, one of whom died, officials have said.

Florida rescuers struggle to save manatees hit by deadly algae

(Reuters) – Virginia Edmonds, standing in shallow water, used her legs to slowly nudge an ailing young manatee to one side of a treatment pool. A half dozen other female members of a manatee rehabilitation team hovered close by – one with a syringe – waiting for the signal.

From teenage graffiti to a country in ruins: Syria’s two years of rebellion

(Reuters) – On a cold winter’s night in early 2011, some Syrian schoolboys drew a few slogans on a wall in a town the world had barely heard of. Two years on, more than 70,000 people have died in the bitter conflict that ensued, and calls for the West to give more help to the Syrian rebels are rising.

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