Brazil's popular former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was indicted this week for corruption and could face decades in prison. Meanwhile, lawmakers tried to vote to protect themselves from prosecution.
It's World Cup playoff time, and teams are trying to snag the final few berths for next year's tournament in Brazil. Ireland is out of it, but Iceland is still in contention. And as Irish fan Eion Conlon says, "It's only one letter difference. It's like we're brothers."
It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.
São Paulo is facing an unprecedented water crisis that many saw coming, but no one did much to prevent. And with reservoirs hovering near 10% of capacity, many residents are turning to unhealthy stopgaps and worrying about unrest.
The Catholic Church has long been under fire for covering up priests' sexual abuse of children, and for transferring perpetrators among parishes rather than turning them over to law enforcement. Now, GlobalPost investigates a new, international side to the scandal: The church has allowed priests facing credible sex abuse allegations in the United States and Europe to get a new start by relocating to poor parishes in South America.
Dengue Fever is one of the biggest killers in tropical countries. It's carried by mosquitoes that have proven tough to eradicate, so now officials in Brazil are trying a new approach: mosquitoes that have been genetically modified.
In Brazil, where the homicide rate is five times higher than in the United States, politicians are debating a law to make it easier for residents, including convicted criminals, to buy guns. A group of conservative lawmakers wants to allow Brazilians to buy up to nine guns a year.
One woman in Rio de Janeiro has personally discovered how much harder and more expensive it is to access an abortion in Brazil now than it was when she was younger. And she says that's a concern for Brazil's democracy.