June 19, 2013 As the demonstrations swamped São Paolo, the government tried appease the them by in some cities lowering the bus fare that sparked the unrest.
June 18, 2013 Brazil has no real history of mass protests. But disgruntled youths appeared to be learning quickly, citing demonstrators in other parts of the world.
June 18, 2013 In Rio de Janeiro, more than 100,000 people filled the streets calling on the government to concentrate on them and not on international events.
June 7, 2013 As part of NPR's series on crime in Latin America, we're looking at Brazil's efforts to occupy and clean up Rio's crime-ridden favelas, or shantytowns, before the World Cup and the Olympics. But as a consequence, criminals have dispersed to outlying areas where there are fewer resources.
June 6, 2013 First came the day trips for foreigner tourists to the shantytowns. Now, young Westerners are living in formerly no-go areas — with yoga classes and sushi restaurants following. Business is booming in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, but some residents complain they're being priced out of the market.
May 27, 2013 Brazil has more household workers per capita than any other country. A new law in the South American nation expanded the rights of domestic workers. But despite the law being on the books now for almost two months, there is still a long way to go in changing the social dynamic in Brazil.
May 16, 2013 Brazil's economic growth has brought about more illegal immigration and drug trafficking, so the country is hoping to make its borders more secure. But the experience in the U.S. shows that it can be a difficult undertaking.
March 27, 2013 The bank would fund infrastructure projects in emerging and developing countries. But the leaders of the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — were unable to agree on how much capital such a bank would need.
January 28, 2013 Up to 1 billion people in emerging markets will buy mobile phones in the coming years, and many will use them in lieu of a computer. While this might seem a natural opportunity for Apple, it may be a struggle for the tech giant to land these new customers.
January 28, 2013 More than 230 people died. Many were overcome by fumes. Others couldn't get out because the exit wasn't large enough. In the confusion, about 50 victims may have thought a bathroom door was a way out.
January 27, 2013 At least 232 people are dead and 100 injured in the fire that broke out during a college party at Kiss, a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. The toll could make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in more than a decade.
December 5, 2012 The Pritzker Prize-winning architect was known for some of the world's most famous modernist buildings, including Brasilia's crown-shaped cathedral. He was 104.
November 27, 2012 The pace of destruction of the Brazilian Amazon is at its lowest rate in more than two decades, says a new government report. According to data, 4,656 square kilometers of the rainforest were deforested in the 12 months through July 2012 — a 27 percent decrease from the previous year.
July 20, 2012 When other countries were struggling to deal with the HIV epidemic, Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched aggressive campaigns to raise awareness and treat the disease. But activists now say say there are no longer organized HIV prevention efforts.
July 17, 2012 Some Brazilian researchers say Truvada should only be given to very specific groups at risk of getting HIV, like young, gay men. Others are concerned that a drug that blocks the transmission of HIV could be a set-back for safe sex campaigns and might actually encourage unsafe sexual behavior.