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.
The lasting effects of Olympic Games are measured in more than just concrete stadiums.
The forced end of Dilma Rousseff's presidency is the latest in a string of right-wing coups.
The senate has outmanoeuvred a national leader, leaving many wondering which is fighting on the right side of democracy.
If empty seats and other Olympics are anything to go by, it's unlikely Brazil will get a tourism boost from Rio 2016.
Money and resources in Latin America often don't reach those who need them most – and criminal gangs are on hand to take advantage.
Every few days, there are news reports of some kind of violence encountered by athletes or journalists at the Rio Games. To understand why, we need to understand how prevalent violence is in Brazil.
Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
Against the odds, Rio scores soft-power points with memorable show at Maracanã stadium.
Protests against the Rio Olympics must be understood in the context of the growing global reaction to both the way these mega-events are organised and the entities promoting them.
Zika had already reached 46,000 probable cases by the end of May 2016 and is transmitted by the same mosquito species as dengue and Chikungunya.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
The Olympics provide Brazilians with a welcome distraction from their country's fraught and bitter politics.
The Olympics may give Brazilians a respite from their perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction, but it won't last long.
New York, Berlin and Paris have all suffered some ill effects from online rental platforms – without proper regulations, Rio could follow.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, known as PPK, became president arguably because his citizens are fed up with corruption. Scandal-plagued Brazil offers a template for how he could tackle it.
The countries who regularly top the medal table spend millions on training and developing athletes, money that poorer countries simply can't afford to spend on their sporting stars.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.