Brazil’s lauded pacification effort is crumbling. The drug gangs are gaining back ground and crime is rising across Rio de Janeiro. Some are wondering if the gangs and police will strike a truce in time for the Olympics.
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.
This Brazilian beach doesn't bring a song to mind and it's not in the brochures at the tourism office. But Piscinão de Ramos, or “big pool of Ramos,” is where thousands of Brazilians — prevented from accessing the actual beaches at Guanabara Bay because of the pollution — relax away their hour.
As Brazil gets ready to host the Olympics and World Cup, the country won't just be dealing with threats from civil unrest. There's also the threat of terrorism. The World's Jason Margolis has more on that angle from Rio de Janeiro.
Protesters are calling for a boycott of the soccer World Cup, which Brazil is hosting next year. Reporter Olivia Crellin went to speak to some construction workers at the newly renovated MaracanÃ£ stadium in Rio de Janeiro to get their views.
Geo Quiz: We're looking for a statue of the late Michael Jackson that sits outside a soccer stadium in England. The team was recently sold and locals want the statue removed. The old owner says the statue must stay. Where is the statue located?
In Brazil, Pope Francis is starting his first foreign trip as leader of the Catholic Church. Many Brazilians are excited, but can Francis quell the numerous protests that have overrun the country in recent weeks?
A blast of frigid Antarctic air has brought snow to much of Southern Brazil. This coincides with the official visit by Pope Francis, and comes on the heels of mass demonstrations against the government. All this has made it a wild winter.