Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

May 25, 2014

Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

by David Goldblatt

Brazil, by both area and population, is the fifth-largest nation on Earth. Its economy is perhaps the sixth- or seventh-largest and will soon surpass those of France and Britain. Yet this great state has barely registered its presence globally. In the complex flux of ...

May 19, 2014

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, the Atlantic beach destination of Natal was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. A nationwide economic boom was transforming the once-sleepy backwater into a fast-growing city typical of the new ...

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

May 19, 2014

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, the Atlantic beach destination of Natal was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. A nationwide economic boom was transforming the once-sleepy backwater into a fast-growing city typical of the new ...

Britain's richest wealthier than ever, study finds

May 18, 2014

Britain's richest wealthier than ever, study finds

Britain’s wealthiest people are richer than they have ever been, with a combined fortune of £518.9 billion ($874 billion) — equivalent to a third of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to an annual study. The Sunday Times Rich List for 2014 shows that ...

May 4, 2014

A glance at the history of Polish immigration to U.K.

Poles are now the second-largest foreign-born group of people in the U.K., with numbers at a record high following Poland’s accession to the EU 10 years ago. But the history of Poles in Britain goes back much further. 1500s: Polish migration to Britain begins. ...

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

May 4, 2014

Polish immigrants find their footing in Britain

by Harriet Sherwood

Ten years after Tomasz Dyl left his small hometown near Krakow as a 13-year-old to start a new life in Southampton on England’s south coast, his personal trajectory has become emblematic of the story of Polish migration to the U.K. While his parents earned ...

Refugees tell of Syrian brutality

May 4, 2014

Refugees tell of Syrian brutality

by Martin Chulov

Lugging a plastic bag carrying the clothes and the few food scraps she could salvage, Umm Samir set out from her ruined home and crawled through the pre-dawn gloom on her second journey into exile in 68 years. In the difficult days since, she ...

Social media gives new voice to Brazil protesters

Apr 27, 2014

Social media gives new voice to Brazil protesters

by Luke Bainbridge

When the battered body of a young Brazilian professional dancer, Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, was found in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela in Rio de Janeiro, locals refused to believe the police statement — that his injuries were “compatible with a death caused by a ...

Family's firstborn most likely to excel: study

Apr 27, 2014

Family's firstborn most likely to excel: study

by Tracy Mcveigh

What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, JK Rowling and Beyonce have in common? Other than riding high in Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women, they are also all firstborn children in their families. Turn to ...