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Black smoke rises, and drama goes on in Vatican

ROME — Thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Square to wait, chatting and singing in different languages, one eye on the Jumbotrons ­focused on the short stovepipe sticking out of the ­Sistine ­Chapel roof.

Nothing, nothing — and then . . . billowing black smoke. No pope! Shouts, sighs, and a rush of movement as people moved forward to see better, pulling out their cellphones to snap pictures of the signal that no pope had been chosen yet.

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