There was a fear that rowers would get sick from the waters in Rio. But that hasn't been the case. If anything, the venue for the regatta was picture perfect, and even clean, US rower Andrew Campbell says.
With local judo champ Rafaela Silva winning Brazil its first gold medal of Summer Games, the Cidade de Deus community is showing the world it's about way more than just the crime and poverty depicted in a famous — and violent — 2002 movie.
Many women in Brazil want to deliver their babies by Cesarean section — for them, it is convenient, modern and clean. But others say they are forced into delivering their babies through surgery, in a country with one of the highest c-section rates in the world.
Brazil is investing nearly a billion dollars in Cuba's new state-of-the art deep sea port and free trade zone. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Havana says both nations are planning for a time when Washington has lifted trade sanctions on the socialist nation.
Dengue Fever is one of the biggest killers in tropical countries. It's carried by mosquitoes that have proven tough to eradicate, so now officials in Brazil are trying a new approach: mosquitoes that have been genetically modified.
Some 1.4 million people live in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the run-down, ill-equipped neighborhoods that have become known for crime and poor living conditions. But the government is moving to improve conditions in those favelas and, so far at least, there are signs of success.