Rio de Janeiro

Global Politics

Brazil could soon outlaw abortion altogether

Currently, Brazilian women can only obtain legal abortions in cases of rape, life-threatening pregnancy or a fatal brain defect in the fetus. The constitutional amendment, known as PEC 181, was originally intended to extend maternity leave for mothers of premature newborns.

Conflict

Residents of a crisis-ridden Rio caution future Olympic hosts

Thousands of police have been taken off Rio’s streets in the past year, city clinics are closing their doors, and there has been dismal interest in patronizing Rio’s $20 million Olympic golf course — built on an environmental reserve — and the almost completely unsold luxury housing that was once the athlete’s village.

Business

Rio's best café lets you pay what you want

There are no cashiers. No cash registers. No computers to ring up bills and no credit card machines. Instead, there is just a bowl, into which people drop voluntary cash amounts. Remarkably, the honor system is working, says Curto Café’s owner.

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