Brazil’s hard-line environment minister quit last week in a move lauded by agribusiness interests.
As deforestation rises, the Lula government launches a major new effort to stop it.
It has fallen from sixth to 298th on the country's Violence Map.
Government tries to limit TV advertising and sales along highways
Cubans voted for 614 candidates running unopposed in Sunday's parliamentary poll.
Recent increases in defense spending by Brazil and Venezuela are attracting observers' attention.