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.

A Sri Lankan holiday - after 20 years

European tourists are once again romancing the breathtaking Sri Lankan beach of Nilaveli on the Bay of Bengal. Only two years ago, the scene here was of a bloody battleground.

You're only as old as the boy you feel

Women are making radical choices in their relationships - seeking out younger men for companionship and fulfilment. Australia sees the spectacular rise of the toy boy…

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.

Ugandan journalists go to polls

Journalists in Uganda have unanimously elected journalist-cum-politician Ahmed Katerega to head the Uganda Journalists Association.

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?

What a wicked web we weave

As virtual observations on the Iraq war die out, the internet's bulletin boards return to profanities and partisan passion, abuse and angst, and hate and hysteria. But Tom Lewis finds not everyone has moved on…

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.

Chick-chucking fan ruffles Romário

Brazil's former superstar striker, Romário, received an odd protest on Tuesday when a fan - frustrated at his "poor form" - threw live chickens at him.

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…

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