If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.
Frank Ahearn knows a thing or two about privacy. He's made a career of finding people. Reverse-engineered, this has also made Ahearn something of an expert on disappearing. The World's Marco Werman speaks with him.
A song from the 1970s has made a comeback among protestors in Portugal. "Grandola, Vila Morena" ;It's being revived by protesters, not in a fight for democracy, but to fight austerity measures from the government.
In the West African country of Guinea Bissau, cocaine traffickers teamed up with the military last year to topple the civilian government. Now that civilian government is in exile in Portugal, the former colonial power.
Can you name the town where Garrett McNamara may have broken a record for surfing a 100 foot monster wave just off the northern coast of Portugal? We speak with Ruy Enes, who runs The Surfing Camp in Oporto, Portugal.
Late last week, the European Union was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize — an award that celebrates individuals and organizations that move the world toward a more peaceful state. But the award comes at a time of upheaval in the EU, with financial troubles fracturing the unifying force.
Demonstrators across Portugal are protesting austerity measures, even as the unemployment rate there tops 15 percent. Lisa Mullins gets the view from Lisbon with Barry Hatton, author of the book "The Portuguese."