In a little more than a year, Brazil will host the World Cup of Soccer. But while the Brazilian men's soccer players will continue to be celebrated, it has long been a different story for the other half of the population.
Many world leaders attended the funeral of President Hugo Chavez. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of them. Mohammed Manzapour of the BBC's Persian Service said Venezuelans view his presence according to their political affiliation.
Chile claimed Easter Island over a century ago. Since then, Spanish has chipped away at its Polynesian-based language called Rapa Nui. Now its fate rests in the playground as the island tries to raise a new generation of speakers.
Venezuelans haven't felt the pinch of rising food prices as badly as many consumers have around the world because President Hugo Ch-vez is using his country's ample oil revenues to subsidize food at the local markets