What's the mood like in Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup? How representative are the recurring protests against the tournament? " Kick off! takes the pulse among fans, Fifa officials, beach merchants, bloggers and experts.
Thousands of people are expected to attend Johannesburg's annual Pride celebrations – the biggest on the African continent. This year's event, however, has drawn ire from critics for being aimed at white people.
The fact that there are concerns heading into an Olympic Games is nothing new. However, worries about the possibility of military conflict breaking out have Olympic delegations making contingency plans for Pyeongchang.
Thousands of Brazilian soldiers have been deployed in Rio de Janeiro to tackle the rise in street crime. Nearly a hundred members of the security forces have been killed in Rio this year.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
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