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(...)

Depending on your politics, the border crisis in the US southwest is a “humanitarian ” or an “immigration” crisis. Some Republicans even paint the 52,(...)

Relatives mourn for eight miners who remain buried since Wednesday, when their handmade gold mine caved in, near San Juan Arriba, Southern Honduras. Photograph: Gustavo Amador/EPA

Rescuers said there was little hope that eight miners trapped underground in an illegal Honduran gold mine would be found alive, as a group of local m(...)

Last month, leftist Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling FMLN was elected as El Salvador’s next president. Outgoing President Mauricio Funes had alleged the spike in murders was related to the presidential race. Photograph: Jessica Orellana/Reuters

The number of murders in the small Central American country of El Salvador rose 44 per cent in the first three months of 2014 compared with th(...)

Denis O’Brien: Digicel sought rugby injunction

No try once again for Denis O’Brien’s Jamaican outfit Digicel in its efforts to prevent the loss of its sponsorship of the Fijian rugby team to(...)

Promoting Fairtrade Fortnight are Alfredo Ortega (right) vice-chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers’ Association and Alex Flores of the Aprainores Cashew Nut Co-op, El Salvador. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Irish supermarkets lag far behind their European counterparts when it comes to supporting Fairtrade products, the charity’s director, Peter G(...)

Conor Fox: “We can calculate the level of greenhouse gas emissions saved from entering the atmosphere each year when one of their new fuel-efficient stoves is used”

Repeated encounters with the aftermath of extreme natural disasters in South America set Conor Fox on the road to acquiring the skills he neede(...)

Jose Salvador Alvarenga gestures to El Salvador’s foreign minister Jaime Miranda amid his arrival at Comalapa airport in San Luis Talpa on the outskirts of San Salvador this morning. Mr Alvarenga was barely able to speak, sobbing as dozens of curiosity-seekers craned for a glimpse of him. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters 1:22

A Salvadoran man who told the authorities he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean before washing ashore in the Marshall Islands has ret(...)