Brazil's military has agreed to participate in a truth commission looking at the military's role in murders and disappearances committed after a coup in 1964. Author Peter Kornbluh has just returned from São Paulo.
Parents of children with microcephaly in Brazil are now finding each other via the social media platform WhatsApp. Brazilians doctors and scientists also credit the platform for helping them quickly understand the scope of the burgeoning epidemic of birth defects.
It's usually quite a celebratory moment when the torch arrives, and of course it is in Brazil, too. But the country also has plenty of other big concerns, like serious government, economic and health crises keeping Brazilians occupied.