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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. LAKSHMI SINGH, HOST: The Cuban government's nine-day period of mourning for Fidel Castro has begun in Cuba. The former leader and revolutionary was cremated yesterday. His ashes will be interred at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery a week from today. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro is in Havana. She joins me now. Lulu, you got to Havana today. What is the mood there? LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: It's strange. It's extremely subdued, as you...

Coffee lovers, alert! A new report says that the world's coffee supply may be in danger owing to climate change. In the world's biggest coffee-producing nation, Brazil, the effects of warming temperatures are already being felt in some communities. You can see the effects in places like Naygney Assu's farm, tucked on a quiet hillside in Espirito Santo state in eastern Brazil. Walking over his coffee field is a noisy experience, because it's desiccated. The leaves from the plants are curled up...

When the test scores came out, Lucas Siqueira, 27, was really excited. His high mark on the Foreign Service exam earned him a coveted position at Brazil's highly competitive Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "They hire 30 diplomats a year and thousands of people sign up," he says in fluent English from his home in the capital Brasilia. It was, he says, a great day. Siqueira considers himself to be mixed race, known in Brazil as pardo , or brown. "I consider myself to be a very typical...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And you might say the Olympics helped Brazil forget their troubles for a few weeks, but today, the political crisis there takes center stage once again. The impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gets underway this morning in the Senate. She has already been suspended, and this is the last stage in a process that could see her permanently removed from office. To talk about what this means for the...

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