Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

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.

Castro and Lula: Hugs, deals and tears

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's recent assertion that he would not interfere in Cuba's internal affairs has infuriated relatives and friends of Cuban dissidents and human rights campaigners.

Grenada re-visited 20 years on

On the 20th anniversary of the overthrow and execution of Grenada's leader and the US invasion that followed, Dominic Bascombe looks at how events are remembered.

Brazil's gay 'cure' sparks fury

Controversial plans to offer state help to Rio de Janeiro's gays have stunned Brazil.

Lula's Brazil: Onwards and upwards

Brazilian leftist president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, told an audience of US investors those who bet against the Brazilian Government will end up losers.

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