An interview with Raquel Santos de Oliveira, who took over her boyfriend's drug business after he was killed in a police shoot-out before developing a debilitating coke problem and getting out of the game.
Taking 'Playboy' out was a significant coup for cops here, but gang culture in Rio's favelas is so deeply rooted that bringing down its most charismatic leaders isn't enough to undermine the grip of violence.
We talked with the shop's artists about how they got started, jealousy from male peers, and their love of permanently marking people's bodies.
Meet Brazil's latest offering in the world of kick ass Tumblr feminism.
Vinicius Rodrigues and Esdras Gomes visit nursing homes, childcare centers, and homeless shelters offering their services for free.
A new translation of the legendary Brazilian writer's meditation on the nature of time, the universe, Sweden, Pelé, and one electronic alarm clock that is so many things.
They traipse around Manaus in heavy black bodices and chunky black boots attracting the sun like a moody solar panel.
Around 20 percent of Brazil's population is Evangelical, and Faceglória is a place for them to connect and talk about God without worrying about foul language or someone's bikini pics.
Brasília is an urban closet.
"Sometimes regular civilians are less intimidating than a police officer. I really believe in the power of social control coming from within the community itself."
In the early 1990s, Zilton Coelho followed eight balloon–obsessed teenagers through the slums of São Paulo.
A woman dies every eight minutes from unsafe abortion. These activists are trying to change that.
Today, troops from Chad and Niger retake town from Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, and more.
Taken by Índio Badaróss – the artist known as "the Basquiat of Cracolândia."
Other foreign prisoners slated for execution with Chan and Sukumaran haven't stirred the same passion in their home countries, where reactions range from outrage to disinterest.
This week, Brazil arrested a man who may be responsible for up to 20 percent of illegal cuttings in the Amazon over the past few years. That's good, but until the country strictly enforces conservation laws this is just a Hydra problem.
The Confederados are one of the last remaining enclaves of the children of the unreconstructed South.
Just after midnight on Sunday, Indonesia executed six drug offenders by firing squad. International observers see the executions as harsh, especially since five of the six prisoners were foreign nationals.
The butt of a Brazilian model known for her derriere is literally rotting away due to a botched black-market plastic surgery. The fillers she pumped into her rump to increase her curves fused to her muscles and caused her body to go into septic shock.
We're serializing season two of our HBO show, starting with the premiere, in which Ben Anderson reported on Brazil's effort to clean up crime before the World Cup and Olympics. We checked in with Ben to get his thoughts now that the World Cup is over.
Shane Smith travels to Kabul to follow the trail of American money disappearing into the Afghan reconstruction, and Ben Anderson heads to Rio de Janeiro, where Brazil has taken extreme measures to clean up the city.
"The G-20 is a very important meeting where the world's most vital matters are to be discussed, and I'm here to tell you that Australia is going to win."
In today's news roundup, Libyan soldiers and militias battle for Benghazi, and tensions heighten between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Going to Rio and drinking beer while ignoring the favelas doesn't make you a paragon of virtue. I guess the debate will continue, but it's safe to say it's more complicated than knee jerk cynicism will allow for.