Many Brazilian expats returned to Brazil in 2008. A booming economy led many believe the country would become the next world power. That was enough for reporter Juliana Barbassa, but her experience didn't exactly work out the way she thought.
The drama has been intense on the field during the World Cup... and then there have been the games. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the theatrical moments of feigned injuries — and Brazil is the clear winner. At least in Brazil, women can attend the matches. Not so in Iran. And the US warns travelers away from visiting much of Africa, all in today's Global Scan.
This year's World Cup has brought fandom and ad-dom together in a way never before seen before. Companies have created a barrage of commercials that are more similar to action-packed movies than what you might see in your nightly sitcoms.
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.