Relatives and friends attend the funeral of Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado Munoz, the reigning Miss Honduras, and her sister, Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, who were found dead on November 19th  in Santa Barbara, Honduras. Photograph: EPA/STR

It has become as much a part of the narco life as guns, jewellery and bodyguards – a young beauty queen as an accessory and trophy. María José Alvarad(...)

Colombian lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle (c) plants a tree as part of the peace conversations between the Farc-EP and the Colombian government in Havana on December 16th, 2014. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

Colombia‘s Marxist Farc rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on December 20th which they have promised to end if they co(...)

300 tonnes of cocaine have been seized. Some of the haul was destined for the Irish Christmas market and was found in a shipment of bananas that had originated in Colombia. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gardaí and the authorities in Britain have tracked a ship carrying 300kg of cocaine worth €55 million and seized the drugs.Some of the haul was destin(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

The US Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states is a major and welcome advance for the caus(...)

Viva is understood to be eyeing opportunities in Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador

Viva, the airline brand backed by the family of the late Tony Ryan is embarking on a major expansion drive in Central and South America. The group, w(...)

Julia Pierson prepares to testify before a White House committee last month. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff? Writing in the New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson’s sex – she was the first woman to r(...)

Julia Pierson: resigned as US secret service director  following a series of major security breaches around President Barack Obama. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The latest revelation exposing another security breach on the US secret service’s watch – that a private contractor armed with a gun accompanied Presi(...)

Despite the Heineken family’s  stance – it said it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company” – it could come under pressure from other shareholders not to reject a future approach so swiftly. Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Hird

With a history stretching back 150 years, Heineken describes itself as “a proud, independent global brewer”. SABMiller, its bigger British rival, w(...)