Rio de Janeiro will soon have its moment in the sun. As Brazil's second largest city, it will host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. But before the city can host the world's two largest sporting events, it must first deal with its notorious crime scene.
In the Atacama Desert, there's a massive complex of highly sophisticated telescopes. But that's not enough. A group of European countries are planning to build a new, massive telescope nearby.
Sigifredo Lopez was held hostage by FARC guerrilla for seven years. But law enforcement officials say Lopez was actually a collaborator with them, and have charged him in connection with the death of his fellow lawmakers.
Chile's children's book industry isn't known for light-hearted, fun reads. It's about morality-building and lesson-teaching. So a Dane, who lived in Chile for a time, decided to change that. She's organized a library that receives foreign-language books and then translates them into Spanish.
Reporter Zachary Slobig took a long road trip along the Pan-American Highway, which stretches all the way from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to the tip of Argentina. But along the way, he had to ditch his car in favor of a boat and a plane. That's because the 30,000 mile road has a 50 mile gap, between Panama and Colombia.
Environmentalists around the world have their eyes on Brazil. A controversial new version of the Forest Code, the law designed to protect Brazil's forests, has passed through parliament and awaits President Dilma Rousseff's signature.
Portugal's former colony, Brazil has a booming, growing economy. By comparison, Portugal's economy is moribund. As the highly educated younger generations struggle to find work, many are leaving and heading to Brazil. In Brazil, the need to prepare for upcoming international events and the growing economy provide many opportunities.
While prostitution is legal and prevalent in Cartagena, the city has a much more complex and appealing reputation as well. It's a World Heritage site, with ancient colonial buildings and a jumping off point for a family and adventure tours as well. Locals say that's being overlooked since the Secret Service prostitution scandal there.
Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 12 years -- and he remains popular. But the outspoken leader of the South American country is facing the toughest challenge of his electoral career from Henrique Capriles, and it comes at a time when Chavez is battling cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is running for his fourth term in office this year but, for the first time, he's facing an opposition that has unified in opposition to his re-election.