The government wants to build sea walls that will be 30 feet high in places and stretch for more than 200 miles. Some say the $8 billion effort is too costly and will ruin the beaches.
Our correspondents roam the world in search of fascinating people and places. When they find them, with a GPS or by pure serendipity, we tell those stories.
The mayor of a small Spanish town cleaned out supermarkets to give food to the hungry and draw attention to their economic plight. But now he's facing a potential jail stint.
President Vladimir Putin isn't the first Russian leader to try to rebuild Sochi, but it's not so clear his project will ultimately be more successful than his predecessors.
The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is under criticism for its management of the cleanup after the tsunami and subsequent meltdown in 2011. NPR's Anthony Kuhn recently went inside one of the Fukushima reactors to see the efforts himself.
Pakistani lawmakers may have overreached when they approved a measure that makes it a crime, punishable by jail time, to spray graffiti in the chaotic and often lawless city Karachi.
Some call Tim Walsh the disaster garbage man, but he prefers waste management specialist. After major natural disasters, the Briton comes to clean up and put people to work. Amid destruction he's seen from Indonesia to the Philippines, he's learned that there's opportunity, and hope, even in a dump.
Spain's royal family, which used to face little criticism, is increasingly becoming a target over its spending habits during Spain's economic woes. The king's youngest daughter, Infanta Cristina, and her husband have had their mansion confiscated and are now facing allegations of fraud.
The Mexican man says he was one of 17 kidnapped by a cartel and forced to build drug-smuggling tunnels. Now he might be in prison for the rest of his life.
Detained journalists and activists have been writing about the harsh conditions and remain sharply critical of the government despite the risk that they could face additional punishment.
Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. Descendants of runaway slaves are fighting for land rights. They were granted the rights in 1988, but few have actually gotten ownership.