South America

Sports

Why I have good reason to worry when I go to the World Cup in Brazil

It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.

Global Politics

Chavez calls for hostage release

Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's James Ingham in Caracas about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's surprise call for Colombia's FARC rebels to release all their hostages and seek a negotiated settlement with the Colombian government.