Maria Jose Alvarado had been due to take part in the Miss World events that start tomorrow and culminate in the final in London on December 14th. Photograph: EPA/STR 1:28

A Honduran beauty queen has been found murdered just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in London, police said today.The bod(...)

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien: will have received nearly all of the dividend of $10 million paid by  the company in the first quarter.  Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Revenues at Denis O’Brien’s telecoms group Digicel, which has operations in the Caribbean, Central America and the south Pacific, were flat in the (...)

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has said that he and he and his wife Sabina have been moved by the support he has received since assuming office. Presiden(...)

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(...)

Members of the Mara 18 gang show their tattoos in the National Penitentiary in Tamara, near the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Photograph: Elmer  Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to overestimate the level of violence and instability in Honduras. Years of gang violence and drug wars have earned this Central American(...)

Kurdish Syrian refugees stand in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. A UN report today says that the number of people seeking asylum this year is on track to hit a 20-year high. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters.

Wars in Syria and Iraq, and instability elsewhere are driving ever more people to seek asylum in wealthy nations, with requests on track to hit a 20-y(...)

Beatriz who almost died waiting for permission to terminate a pregnancy that could have killed her. Photograph: Amnesty International

Punitive anti-abortion laws in El Salvador, which have resulted in women and girls serving long prison sentences and seen child rape victims forced(...)

One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and 6 in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued yesterday by the United Nations’ children’s agency. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and 6 in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, accord(...)

 Republican senator from Arizona John McCain. The  president and  Republicans are at loggerheads over how to respond to the crisis with Barack  Obama’s rivals reluctant to sanction billions of dollars without the administration agreeing steps to stem the wave of child migrants. Photograph: EPA

A majority of Americans are unhappy at how president Barack Obama and his rivals in the Republican party are handling the crisis along the US border (...)

Border policies: anti-immigration demonstrators picket before the scheduled arrival of undocumented migrants at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. The activists have prevented migrants entering the town for several days. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/Reuters

A long a dusty southern Californian road, protesters occupy two spots just a few hundred yards apart. These are the two entry routes where they can st(...)