Rwanda, too, has succeeded in doing what this country has only been talking about for 18 years..
Brazil, which hotly denounced US surveillance of its leaders, itself spied on US officials as well as on Russia, Iran and Iraq a decade ago.
As investors focus on current account deficits and structural weaknesses, South Africa is being seen as a less attractive emerging market.
Design problems at its largest nickel plant will see Anglo American unable to reach full output capacity for the next three years.
Anti-government demonstrators briefly invaded a council building in Rio de Janeiro in the latest in a wave of protests that have hit Brazil.
The dearest 2014 World Cup tickets for international fans will cost $990 and the cheapest $90, say officials.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has declared the Confederations Cup football tournament a success, despite clashes between police and protesters.
June 16 2010 and June 30 2013 - these dates bracket an era that has come to an end in Rio for world champions Spain.
Many are angry at the $15-billion bill for hosting the competition and next year's World Cup, which will take place next June.
Fresh protests rocked Brazil on Saturday despite conciliatory remarks by President Dilma Rousseff.
Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of Sao Paulo to protest poor public services, police violence and government corruption.
Brazil has said it plans to cancel $900-million worth of debt in 12 African countries, as part of a broader strategy to boost ties with the continent.
Brazil were booed by their own fans after stumbling to a 2-2 draw with Chile in their first friendly at a 2014 World Cup stadium.
After positioning itself as the champion of the African continent, South Africa must now develop and articulate a comprehensive Brics strategy.
The meeting of Brics leaders next week could uncharitably be described as a summit of the world's emerging economic powers - plus South Africa.
Besides the Brazil project's mounting costs, the company's platinum earnings are sharply down, writes Chantelle Benjamin.
From New Years in Brazil to the New York stock exchange, we showcase some of the best photographs shot around the globe over the past week.
Sustained reforms and strong leadership will enable South Africa to reap economic prosperity, says Lyal White.
Although the Brics offers advantages, it will not always make sense to go along with its decisions, say Peter Draper and Catherine Grant.
Many Brazilians watched the closing ceremony of the London Olympics with trepidation.