Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

Brazil holiday capital sees sun, sea and shootouts

Clashes between police and slum-dwellers turn Rio de Janerio's world-famous beach neighbourhood of Copacabana into a war zone.

Rio suburb faces drugs war showdown

As City of God - a film depicting wars between rival drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro - receives four Oscar nominations, a real life version is taking place in the city.

Pioneering Brazilian writer Queiroz dies

Rachel de Queiroz, grand dame of the Brazilian literary community, passed away quietly this week. A published author at 20, Queiroz was a remarkable novelist, playwright, raconteur and columnist.

Rio de Janeiro mounts 'war on terror'

Gunfights between police and gangs in a bustling Brazilian 'favela' see students at Rio's neighbouring 'American School' running for cover.

US air quality is the pits

As new statistics show 133 million Americans are breathing in harmful exhaust fumes, President Bush amends a law that critics say will only inflame the growing health crisis.

Haiti: Forgotten remnant of black history?

The world's first black independent state is gearing up for its 200th birthday. But as Haiti's pioneering history is overshadowed by its contemporary crisis, is there anything left to party about?

Brazil: A global deadbeat?

International organisations to which Brazil belongs are not being paid. Rent for overseas offices is not being met and bill payments for running costs are late.

Five million children working in Brazil

It's all work and no play for five-and-a-half million kids in Brazil, but improvements are continuing to be made, officials say…

Globalisation's next wave: Labour India Inc.

The number of unemployed in the US continues to swell while jobs to the Indian sub-continent are increasing. Market evolution or cruel corporate cost cutting? Chase Morrison investigates…

Brazil: Riding the greenback

Brazilian banks are betting on a growing economy for 2004. But President Lula da Silva's economic advisers are warning a continuous devaluation of the dollar represents a danger to the economy.

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