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In Brief: Teen who helped organise killings on jobs website is given life sentence

A teenager who helped to kill three men who responded to a fake job advert on Craigslist has been given a life sentence. Brogan Rafferty, 17, helped alleged killer Richard Beasley lure victims to a non-existent Ohio cattle farm. The teenager was tried as an adult.

CIA director resigns over affair

CIA director David Petraeus has resigned after admitting to an extra-marital affair and acknowledging that he "showed extremely poor judgment". Mr Petraeus, 60, met with President Barack Obama at the White House and asked "to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign".

Death toll of Burma train wreck at 25

Authorities in Burma say 25 people died and more than 100 train passengers were injured after a carriage full of fuel burst into flames.

Helicopter pilot's error killed minister

A FINAL report on a helicopter crash that killed Mexico's Interior Secretary, Francisco Blake Mora, and seven others has blamed pilot error.

Christian leader for Syrian opposition

Syria's main opposition group in exile, the SNC, has elected a left-wing veteran dissident born into a Christian family as its new president. George Sabra, 65, said his election as head of the Syrian National Council was proof that Syrians were not beholden to sectarianism.

Meanwhile two suicide car bombers struck a military camp in the southern city of Daraa yesterday, killing at least 20 government soldiers.

'Whitey' Bulger's mafia trial delayed

A judge has agreed to delay the murder trial of former mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger until June 6. Bulger, 83, is known as the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang -- Boston's Irish-American mafia.

Bishops deny role in junta crimes

Roman Catholic bishops have denied claims by former dictator Jorge Videla that the church was complicit in crimes committed by Argentina's 1976-1983 military regime. The bishops said they were open to a profound review of the church's role during those years.

Police honour crashed search pilots

Hundreds of law-enforcement officers honoured two Atlanta, Georgia, police officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a search for a missing boy.

Bieber splits up with girlfriend Selena

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no longer an item. The split happened last week; distance and their busy schedules were contributing factors. Eighteen-year-old Bieber is touring to promote his latest album, while 20-year-old Gomez is filming Wizards of Waverly Place.

Outcry over student killing at protest

Amnesty International has called for reforms within the Dominican Republic's police following the fatal shooting of a student during a protest. Willy Florian, 22, who was not a demonstrator, was shot as dozens of students protested at a sales tax increase clashed with police.

Train derailment in Iran kills four

A passenger train has derailed in central Iran, killing four and injuring 35 people on board. Those killed included two train operators and two passengers.

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