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Girl’s plea to Pope Francis results in father’s release from US detention

Relative sees 10-year-old girl on television asking for pontiff’s help and helps post bond for man facing deportationAfter a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention.Mario Vargas was freed from a detention facility in Louisiana after he posted $5,000 bond. A relative who saw the girl on television pleading with the pope during a public audience helped with the funding, said his wife, Lola Vargas.

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Wenzhou train crash victims struggle to find closure

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Two years on, families of those killed in the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou say they are still struggling to find closure. There were no authorised memorials yesterday to mark the second anniversary of the crash that left 40 people dead and nearly 200 injured. The mainland media were largely silent on the occasion. Instead, people marked the crash by posting red candles on their Sina Weibo accounts and airing sadness on social media. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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American girl who received bioengineered windpipe dies

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, died on Saturday at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, where she had undergone the experimental surgery on April 9. She would have turned three in August. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Teen girls killed in Asiana crash in US were student leaders, close friends

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Wang Linjia, 16, and Ye Mengyuan, 17, were students at Jiangshan Middle School in eastern China. Reports say one of them may have been run over by an emergency vehicle at the scene of the crash in San Francisco. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Six-year-old Cambodian girl dies from bird flu

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A six-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country’s toll from the deadly virus to nine so far this year, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday. The girl, from the southern province of Kampot, died in a children’s hospital in the capital Phnom Penh on June 28, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry. Her death makes it the deadliest outbreak in the kingdom, topping the eight killed by the illness in 2011. Tests confirmed the victim had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, it said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Pupils in school for deaf allege abuse by teachers

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Students have complained to the Equal Opportunities Commission about discrimination and bullying they say they faced from teachers in a school for the deaf in Diamond Hill. A group of students, alumni and parents of Chun Tok School pupils yesterday asked the equality watchdog to look into five cases they said involved abuse and detention over two years. It came as a teacher said the school last week received a threatening phone call, allegedly from a parent. About 30 complaints against the school, made by pupils past and present, have been exposed in the past months. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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School sexual abuse protester Ye Haiyan beaten up

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Gender rights activist Ye Haiyan was assaulted and detained by Guangxi public security officials yesterday after returning from Hainan province, where she had protested against the sexual abuse of schoolgirls. Ye appealed for help three times on her microblog around noon yesterday, saying her apartment had been raided by about 10 women and one man while she was alone with her daughter. “There are now four to five women beating me up,” Ye said in her first post. “Please help me to call the police. There is only me and my daughter here.” <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Starving US settlers driven to cannibalism, say researchers

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Settlers at Virginia’s Jamestown Colony resorted to cannibalism to survive the harsh winter of 1609, dismembering and consuming a 14-year-old English girl, the US Smithsonian Institution reported on Wednesday. This is the first direct evidence of cannibalism at Jamestown, the oldest permanent English colony in the Americas, according to the Washington-based museum and research complex. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Amanda Knox offers her side of sensational murder case

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Amanda Knox, the American student accused of the 2007 murder of her British roommate while both were students in Italy, paints herself in her new memoir as a naive young woman railroaded by a foreign justice system. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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‘How do we cope?’ a man shouted as militiamen blocked the command centre

<!– google_ad_section_start –> DAY TWO: In SCMP reporter Zhuang Pinghui’s compelling account of the Sichuan earthquake, she tells of the day after the tremors struck and how shaken and injured villagers began a battle for survival. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Second man arrested over Delhi girl rape

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A second suspect was arrested on Monday in the rape of a five-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. Pradeep Kumar was arrested on Monday in the eastern state of Bihar, about 1,000 kilometres from New Delhi, and was being brought to the capital, police said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Angry mob protests against rape and torture of five-year-old girl

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside the headquarters of New Delhi police yesterday after a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped and tortured, reviving memories of a brutal December assault on a woman that shook the country. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lu Lingzi’s microblog reveals statistics student loved teddy bears, pet dogs

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Lu Lingzi learned on Sunday that she had passed a major exam for her studies at Boston University. The next morning, the test and a major project behind her, the 23-year-old Chinese graduate student and two friends headed over to watch the Boston Marathon. They chose spots near the finish line. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Texas student with violent fantasies wound 14 in college stabbing spree

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A 20-year-old student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college, wounding at least 14 people before being subdued and arrested, authorities said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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First suspected case of bird flu infection in Hong Kong

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong on Friday will step up its control measures against a new bird flu strain that has killed six people in eastern China after a Hong Kong girl showed flu symptoms following a visit to Shanghai. The seven-year-old has become the first suspected case of the H7N9 bird flu virus in Hong Kong. The girl has now been put in an isolation ward in Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further observation to confirm whether she has contracted the virus. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Girl, 11, dies after pet hamster bites finger

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An autopsy will be conducted on the body of an 11-year-old girl who died yesterday after being bitten by a hamster at home in Ma On Shan. The asthmatic girl was bitten on the little finger of her right hand while playing with her pet in her flat at Marbella Tower in On Chun Street shortly before 12.45am. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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High school football players guilty of raping drunken girl

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Two members of a high school football team were found guilty yesterday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided this Ohio city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community’s athletes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Video of Zhengzhou woman attacked on bus by older man wanting her seat goes viral

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The man grabbed the woman’s hair, struck her and dragged her from the seat. Several passengers got up and separated them. The man quickly jumped out of the bus after the fight. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Mother’s video surveillance of daughter angers Facebook users

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The woman admitted the girl was her daughter and she recorded the video through a webcam installed on her daughter’s desk lamp. “…Today’s homeworkprogress is not bad, but she kept talking to herself, and was singing while doing homework,” the woman commented on the video. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Boss outsources daughter’s homework to employees

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Nine civil servants have been suspended after doing a homework assignment for their boss’ 12-year-old daughter, the Qianjiang Evening News reports. The employees in an undisclosed provincial government department spent three days on the assignment in the girl’s hometown, and claimed expenses. One of the employees, known only as Mr Chen, blew the whistle on the scam, claiming staff with a variety of skills helped out with the project. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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