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The World Heath Organization estimates that there could up to 4 million cases of the mosquito-borne virus over the next year in the Americas.
The Supreme Court is weighing whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs. Many say current policy yields arbitrary sentencing, overcrowded prisons.
Tens of thousands protested against President Rousseff on Sunday – the third time this year. Some fear a threat to democracy.
In September, Parisians will get to vote directly on how to spend 75 million euros of the city budget, in a bid to tap citizens' knowledge of what their city needs.
President Dilma Rousseff was able to turn her back on a US visit in 2013, claiming moral authority over reported NSA spying. But domestic challenges in Brazil mean she needs a cozier relationship with the US.
Brazilians reacted with a sense of vindication to the racketeering, money laundering, and other corruption charges brought against FIFA officials and corporate executives.
The rallying of hundreds of thousands of people could be a sign that Brazil's democracy is hitting its stride.
As Brazil's smartphone market grows, so too does connectivity. Programs like Whatsapp have been used by – and against – politicians, from networking with young voters to revealing scandals.
More than half a million prisoners in Brazil occupy jails meant to house less than 300,000 people. Brazil has a number of rules that allow it to pare down the prison population - particularly around Christmas.
Brazil is accepting an increasing number of refugees from Syria's civil war and other trouble spots around the world. Syrians who make the trip to Brazil can apply on arrival for refugee status and virtually all succeed.
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