As the northwestern city of Rio Branco prepares for the World Cup, some wonder whether its failed bid in 2009 to be one of the host cities was a blessing in disguise.
The host team, Brazil, faces off against Croatia in the first match of the World Cup today.
Most public school students in Brazil are in class for about four hours each day. In an effort to get more kids studying full-days, cities like Rio are rushing to build more schools.
Primary school quality in the world's No. 7 economy ranks below impoverished Haiti. But galvanizing Brazilians to boost education for all is no easy task.
Bus drivers in Rio have already gone on strike, and teachers may do the same. Some say other groups - including the federal police - could strike as well amid World Cup attention and the leadup to elections.
The opulent Teatro Amazonas opera house still stuns visitors to Manaus. It's a legacy of the rubber boom and the region’s short-lived monopoly on worldwide production.
Income inequality has bred gaps in public health in Brazil where a community-based program first piloted in the 1980s now offers health services and advice to those most in need.
Striking trash workers in Rio were able to pressure the government for better wages during Carnival. With the World Cup quickly approaching, other sectors may try to follow their example.
As Mexico enters the first leg of a home-and-home series against New Zealand for a spot at the 2014 World Cup, some Mexican fans are rooting against the home team.
Mexico is still in the running to qualify for the World Cup thanks to a last-minute goal made by the US against Panama. But did Mexico want US ‘saving?’
Some fans of Mexico's 'El Tri' soccer team think losing to Panama and possibly missing the World Cup could be good for the team – and the country.
The phrase is used frequently to complain about Brazil's problems, and how they'll worsen during megaevents. It's also the name of a new nonprofit aiming to highlight the positive in Brazil.
In an attempt to make athletes better role models, Brazil has mandated that some offending players do community service and help kids in need.
An ad agency in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched a contest for what to do with the controversial plastic horns. Suggestions include refashioning the vuvuzelas into candlestick holders, light stands, even ‘vuvu-brellas’ to keep you dry.
As fans of Spain luxuriate in the glow of the country's first World Cup championship, fans of the Netherlands search for an explanation of what went wrong. Some blame the referee, others point to Paul the Octopus.