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By SIMON ROMERO
Some quarters of the Catholic Church in Brazil are confronting threats from evangelicalism and secularism by enlivening worship with charismatic practices.
By STEPHEN CASTLE
British officials said on Thursday that a banned substance commonly used in horses and potentially harmful to humans may have entered the food chain in small quantities.
By LYDIA POLGREEN
The paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was fatally shot in his home in Pretoria, according to South African police officials.
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Pope Benedict XVI took his leave of parish priests and clergy of the diocese of Rome and indicated that he would not hold a public role once his resignation becomes official on Feb. 28.
Marktl Am Inn Journal
By MELISSA EDDY and NICHOLAS KULISH
The German town where Pope Benedict XVI was born never prospered as much as it hoped from its famous son, and it seems likely to get even fewer visitors after he steps down.
By CHOE SANG-HUN
South Korea on Thursday staged large military drills and disclosed a new cruise missile capable of hitting any target in North Korea.