• In a country where just leaving home is risky for many disabled people, lobbying for their beach accessibility may seem like something of a frivolity.

    In this March 16, 2013 photo, surfing students exercise on their boards before hitting the waves at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dozens of disabled people in Rio are conquering the waves. Men and women with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed all hit the waves at Leblon. They all require a different kind of assistance depending on their disabilities and maneuver their boards in different ways - some standing, some on their knee
    LAST UPDATE : Mar 27, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT
  • Indigenous people and their supporters hold a baby while shouting to police as they stay inside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. Police have surrounded Rio's Indian Museum complex next to the legendary Maracana stadium in a bid to expel a group of indigenous people and their supporters. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Police attempted to expel a group of indigenous people and their supporters to make way for works related to the World Cup.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 22, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT
  • A man looks at a photograph by Vik Muniz, titled 'Nossa Senhora das Gracas' at the Casa Daros museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Local officials aiming to transform Rio de Janeiro from a sleepy cultural backwater into an art hotspot are inaugurating this week Casa Daros, a new museum that draws on one of the world's premier collections of contemporary Latin American art. Casa Daros, a 12,000-square meter (129,000-square foot) exhibition space housed in a renovated 1866 mansion, wil

    Rio de Janeiro has taken another leap toward becoming an art hot spot with the opening of a museum for contemporary Latin American art.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 21, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT
  • Rev Russell Pollitt preaches during a Mass at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Sunday March 3, 2013. Catholics around the world attended the first Sunday masses since Benedict XVI stepped down as pope. Many prayed for a energetic, new leader to reinvigorate what many said was an ailing institution

    Faithful attending Sunday Mass on five continents for the first time since Pope Benedict XVI's retirement had different ideas about who should next lead the Roman Catholic Church.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 03, 2013, 7:04 PM EST
  • In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, a customer tests make-up in a store in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sales of beauty products in Brazil hit $43 billion in 2011, a growth of 142 percent in five years that puts it on a pace to overtake the world's second-largest beauty market, Japan, in a few years, according to Euromonitor, a global market research company.

    A flush new middle class is dropping major cash on designer shampoos, lotions and cosmetics, rapidly turning this country into a beauty industry powerhouse.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 13, 2013, 11:02 AM EST