The World Cup's official instrument is now banned from the World Cup
The enemies of fun have triumphed. First they came for the vuvuzela. Now they've come for the caxirola.
Football hooligans will have to contend with 170,000 Brazilian security forces
The Brazilian government has held intelligence exchanges with Argentina, England and other countries over known hooligans.
Riot police in Brazil greet bow-and-arrow wielding indigenous protesters with tear gas
'Who is the Cup for? Not us!' shouted demonstrators. 'I don't want the Cup, I want money for health and education.'
With opportunity scarce, Brazil's youth demand more than the World Cup (VIDEO)
'Educational apartheid' has long created an opportunity gap for young Brazilians. In today's economy, even a good education is no guarantee of a good job.
These Brazilians want the government to spend money on housing, not the World Cup
The World Cup will cost Brazilian taxpayers $11 billion.
Meet the anarchists who plan to go nuts at the World Cup
Brazil’s ‘Black Bloc’ has gained infamy for fighting police. But what is it, really?
If there is one image that sums up the World Cup in Brazil, this is it
Brazilian artist Paulo Ito has channeled the people and put his stamp on the world's biggest soccer tournament.
Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media
Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.
Brazil is fighting sex tourism and child prostitution ahead of the World Cup
But sex workers say they have a right to profit from the tournament.
Here’s why some Brazilians want their country to lose the World Cup
The heresy on the street is: ‘I’d love to see the Brazil team lose every game.’
What happens to the Amazon rainforest when CO2 levels rise 30 percent? Scientists are on it
Some experts believe the larger amount of carbon dioxide would be beneficial to trees that in turn could absorb larger quantities of carbon, slowing the rise on temperatures.
Come for the World Cup, swim with the feces (PHOTOS)
GlobalPost tags along with a biologist on a flyover of the Rio waterways that soccer fans are about to encounter. Here's what we've found.
Police in Brazil just released this list of disturbing safety tips ahead of the World Cup
Don't scream if you are robbed, is one suggestion. You may get killed.
High costs and government corruption suspicions foul Brazil's World Cup
An Associated Press analysis of data from Brazil's top electoral court shows skyrocketing campaign contributions by the very companies involved in most World Cup projects.
How Russia arms America’s southern neighbors
Russia is now the largest weapons dealer to governments in Latin America.
Top Olympics official says Rio's preparations are the 'worst' he's experienced
With the clock rapidly ticking before the first Olympics in South America, many facilities in Rio have yet to be completed because of construction delays and soaring costs.
Expectations: Brazil's Cesarean section problem
After a young mother is forced to deliver via C-section, tensions flare over a woman’s right to choose how her child is born.
Brazilian president signs groundbreaking law ensuring net neutrality and privacy
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the US's decision to ease control over the internet and called for a more transparent network following the NSA spying scandal.
A dancer's death lit the fuse of violent protests near Rio's Copacabana
Protesters set fire to tires and hurled bottles in a Rio slum just two months before the World Cup begins in Brazil.
These are the largest infrastructure projects in the Western Hemisphere
Some of them will surprise you.
Heavily-armored police were greeted with stones when they evacuated squatters in Rio
'This is what happens in the (World) Cup country,' was a repeatedly heard lament.
A woman in Brazil was robbed on live TV while giving an interview about robberies in Brazil (VIDEO)
The World Cup is going to be awesome.
On Location Video: World Cup 2014 will basically be a giant robotics show
Rio, like Sochi, is having to get inventive to ensure safety. Will it work?
This is the biggest swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes ever set free
And they might save us all.
They razed paradise and put up a soybean lot
Brazil's agro powers are excited to be edging closer to soy giant the United States. But environmentalists say there's another reason to be very afraid for the rain forest.
It's time to kick off the Street Child World Cup in Rio!
Ahead of this summer's premier football competition, Brazil hosts the Street Child World Cup. Featuring 230 players representing 19 countries, the tournament highlights the global problem of youth homelessness and poverty.
After the Delhi gang rape, Indian TV dramas go feminist
Whether India has changed is debatable. Its viral TV shows certainly have.
Brazilian troops enter slums in Rio to quell violence ahead of the World Cup
The Rio state government meanwhile announced the arrest of a man suspected of being a drug kingpin in Mare.
What's the better party? Mardi Gras or Carnival?
Hundreds of thousands of revelers cast inhibitions aside for the biggest parties on Earth.
Brazil is on the brink of a coffee shortage
Not only will coffee be more expensive, it may also taste worse.
Northeastern Brazil's drought in pictures
The two-year-long drought in the Sertao is written in textures.