Protests across Brazil have grown larger as inflation and economy woes mount.Though the protests were sparked by a bus fare increase, they now face the challenge of rallying behind a common goal.
The amount of trash collected during this year's blocos, or street parties, grew 30 percent from last year – and tourists noticed, with 1 out of 4 citing sanitation as a negative of their Rio Carnival experience.
Rio de Janeiro has made strides to improve public safety, leading the way for Brazil's other 26 states. But with upcoming mega-events, coordination between federal and state forces is still needed.
The better-than-expected US jobs report suggests the US is not following Europe into recession. But some analysts worry that head winds will keep growth anemic.