The Brazilian economy is in a downward spiral, and some analysts see worrying parallels in South Africa.
In a nation notorious for its prisons, a bid to lower the age of criminal liability has provoked a storm.
It is vital to get poorer children to stay at school all day: not only do they get free meals, they're also kept away from violence and criminality.
The Brazilian team is playing around the world. Not necessarily in the players' best interest.
Dilma Rousseff goes into her second term facing greater challenges than her first time around.
Dilma Rousseff's re-election has left Brazil divided - half being grateful for gains against poverty, while the other criticised economic stagnation.
A Twitter feed is exposing how millions of Brazilian domestic workers are treated as an underclass. But new laws are in the offing to protect them.
A second wave of reforms is needed to sustain the success of India, Brazil and SA.
The favelas are served by teams of community workers, who are the doctors' eyes and ears.
From epic goals to Luis Suarez's infamous bite and Brazil's crushing defeat, here are the highs and lows of the World Cup leading up to the final.
Colombia's James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, but who were the other top scorers and which clubs do they play for?
A stunning from Lionel Messi spared Argentina's blushes as they qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win over Iran.
Youngsters from a slum in Sao Paulo have thrown down a World Cup gauntlet: they have challenged the winners to play a match against them.
Police raids on activists' homes notwithstanding, anti-World Cup protests in Brazil are gaining wide audiences with their online presence.
The country has welcomed the 23 qualifying teams that will take part in this year's Cup. But not all Brazilians are happy to play host.
The World Cup host's national pride is built on a treacherous foundation – and so is its cooking.
If financial equality determined the tournament outcome, then Latin America wouldn't stand a chance.
Days before the start of the World Cup, Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement has reached a deal with authorities not to protest during the tournament.
More than half of Brazil's population has African roots, and the state has now approved a law creating 20% quotas for black people in government jobs.