July 25, 2013 Speed is suspected as a factor in Wednesday's derailment and crash. The death toll is around 80 people and scores more people were injured. "The scene is shocking, it's Dante-esque," a local official says.
July 24, 2013 Francis celebrated mass in the town of Aparecida, where he first cemented his place as a church leader in 2007. After a mob scene on Monday, however, the subtext of today's events was that of security.
July 24, 2013 Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.
July 24, 2013 The decision heads off any criticism that might be directed toward the Obama administration by those who believe the U.S. should not be giving aid at this time to a military that just ousted a democratically elected president.
July 24, 2013 Reports from Moscow say "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden has been granted the temporary asylum he's been seeking from Russian authorities. His next step would likely be to get permanent asylum from one of the nations that say they're willing to take him — Boliva, Nicaragua and Venezuela.