Forty percent of Brazil's homes lack access to any kind of sewer system. Public health workers are afraid to go to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Activists in the country's poorest areas say both investment and mindsets have to change to tackle a public health crisis.
Death is expensive. The American casket industry is a $1.5 billion business, leading some families to seek out cheaper options from China. But the Chinese haven't been able to bury the American competition.
A rhino can cost a wildlife park more than $20,000 at auction — but its horn alone can be worth 10 times that much. Many parks and wildlife reserves are buying insurance to protect their investments, and that means an unusual requirement: poisoning the rhinos' horns to ward off poachers.
China's $50 billion plan for a new Central American canal connecting Atlantic and Pacific may damage the freshwater Lake Nicaragua, changing the environment for those who depend upon it. The plan faces opposition in parts of the country.
The number of college graduates with debt is rising quickly, and some students have had enough. A group known as the Corinthian 15 say they're going on a "debt strike," hoping to force action to cancel the debts they owe to a for-profit education company — and spur broader change.
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.
One of the drivers behind the Venezuelan street protests is a lack of basic consumer goods, from toilet paper to food. Now the government thinks it has a partial answer — a sort of supermarket loyalty card that it hopes will cut down on hoarding and speculation. But some critics say the idea is just creepy.
Catch a tiger by the tail — and then pop him in a crate and fly him 7,000 miles. Animal lover David Barnes raised nearly $20,000 to relocate a tiger named Phevos from a bankrupt Greek zoo to a new home at an animal sanctuary in California.