By Patricia Maresch, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In his first trip to South America since taking office, American president Obama met with his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff today. The Brazil visit comes against the backdrop of urgent issues elsewhere in the world, including the nuclear disaster in Japan and the possibility of U.S. military action against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.

After recent strains between Brazil and the United States – in part because of Rousseff's predecessor Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here