Once a popular destination, it sees few tourists despite UN data that indicate country is among the region's safest.
The church increased savings and expenditures, according to reports. Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim takes on additional role as church president.
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.
Recent increases in defense spending by Brazil and Venezuela are attracting observers' attention.
California start-up Meraki powers several thousand wireless networks across 70 countries, bringing the Internet to those who otherwise could never afford it.