Over the past few years, incomes in Brazil rose and unemployment plunged to record lows. But now — as the country prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympics — the numbers are changing. Growth is slowing and inflation is creeping up. Tourists and Brazilians alike are feeling the pinch.
Presidential elections are on the horizon for Venezuela and Pakistan, and with them could come big changes. Venezuelans vote Sunday, their second time at the polls in the last year, and Pakistan's general election will be held on May 11.
The world braces for a possible missile launch by North Korea. Al-Qaida in Iraq merges with a Syrian rebel group. And the legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
There are expectations that North Korea might test fire a missile or missiles in the next few days in a gesture of defiance. U.S. and South Korean forces are on heightened alert, and relations with the North will be the prime topic of talks when Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul on Friday.
Ahead of this weekend's election to elect a successor to the late President Hugo Chavez, Morning Edition visits a poor neighborhood which was a center of support for Chavez during his 14 years in power.
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