The last time the country's courts authorised such harsh police techniques as sleep deprivation and starvation was during the dictatorship.
South Africa is breathing a sigh of relief after escaping a credit rating downgrade. But there are still serious concerns around structure of the country's economy and finances.
Brazilian football club Chapecoense were en route to their first Copa Sudamericana final when their plane crashed, killing all but six on board.
A proposed budget freeze would hurt everyone, but history shows women take the hardest hit.
Brazil's place within the BRICS bloc is becoming questionable. Since the new President Michel Temer took over, Brazil's foreign policy has shifted away from BRICS ideals to favour western interests.
A moving dispatch from the frontline in the fight against Zika.
By denying 'Aquarius' its chance at the Oscars, Brazil's government summoned memories of dictatorship-era censorship and brought the film unprecedented attention.
We're used to debating the region's environment. But far-western Brazil has lots of urban problems too.
For decades, Brazil has worked to improve conditions in its poorest neighbourhoods: building roads, drainage, lighting, and safer housing. Will budget cuts end its ambitious slum-upgrading efforts?
A public health programme respected locally, lauded globally, and based on the best science for helping homeless crack users, is at risk of falling victim to Brazil's partisan politics.
In Brazilian prisons, overcrowding, corruption and gang infiltration are a combustive combination. But it all started with bad drug policies.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
BRICS goes into its eighth summit with lots of hurdles. Sanusha Naidu consideres its future prospects.
Land animals were able to find refuge in the depths of the forest. But aquatic species weren't so lucky.
Natural hair has become a political rallying point for women across the African diaspora. For these women, wearing natural hair is way to resist Eurocentric norms and "post-racial" political thought.
Luis Inacio 'Lula' da Silva's center-left policies helped lift millions of Brazilians out of poverty, earning him the title 'leader of the poor.' It's a legacy worth preserving.
With no sign of resolution in the near future the collapse of multilateral trade negotiations, tagged as the Doha round, risks breeding a major crisis.
At one point, it looked like the games could be cancelled. But the carnival spirit has prevailed.
There are several lessons that the world can learn from Brazil about how to rapidly reduce child stunting in 10 years.
With the economy in its worst slump for decades, environmental protection may be on the chopping block.