Francisco could have gotten a well-paying job in the city. But the the young Portuguese academic decided to use his agricultural expertise to rejuvenate a local town suffering from economic decay.
Two linked companies, Espirito Santo Group and RioForte, have applied to Luxembourg courts for protection from their creditors in recent days. The Portuguese family dynasty that owns both companies is at a crossroads.
Credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded Portugal's debt evaluation by one notch. The agency cited a more stable financial outlook, with Lisbon now enjoying renewed access to borrowing on the public debt market.
Portugal's BES bank apparently has enough financial reserves to weather the debt woes of its parent company. On Thursday, BES shares slumped on insolvency fears, raising the specter of a new eurozone banking crisis.
When fires tore through a poor area of Chile, residents were devastated. Now Carolina, a 28-year-old architect, is teaching them to rebuild efficient, sustainable homes that will last for a long time.
Some of the young soccer stars Angelo trains in his spare time go on to become big stars in Germany. For Angelo, though, it's important that they learn to become more than football players.
Many of the women and children in Afghanistan lack the education to get good jobs and put enough food on the table. One German-Afghan student's plan to help is also making Germany's fashion more colorful.
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