El Salvador

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That’s the spirit: Buddhist monks during a retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk who said ‘you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow’. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Observing people dancing at a party years ago I realised that one had survived being shot in El Salvador and another had survived a Loyalist roadblock(...)

A pro-choice demonstrator outside the US supreme court in Washington following a leaked draft opinion that suggested the court would vote to overturn Roe v  Wade. Photograph: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times

Almost 50 years after the United States supreme court established a constitutional right to abortion, the striking down of that landmark decision is n(...)

A Salvadoran soldier searches a man for gang tattoos in a gang-controlled neighbourhood in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador. Photograph: Daniele Volpe/The New York Times

It has been four weeks since the shoemaker vanished from his hometown, hauled away in handcuffs by Salvadoran police. The family of the man, Heber Peñ(...)

Salvadorean soldiers patrol the streets following the government’s declaration of state of emergency, in San Salvador on Sunday. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP via Getty Images

María spent Monday looking for her 16-year-old son, checking various jails and juvenile detention centres with no luck – he was one of hundreds of peo(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting with Chilean president Sebastian Pinera at the La Moneda Palace in Santiago. Photograph: Javier Torres/AFP/Getty Images

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says “further conversations” are required to turn widespread condemnation by Latin American nations of the invasion of Ukraine i(...)

  Former guerrillas and veterans of the Army of El Salvador protest against the use of bitcoin as legal currency, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Photograph: Rodrgio Sura/Epa

Bitcoin licked its wounds on Wednesday, a day after its heaviest losses in two months as El Salvador’s historic adoption of the crypto asset as legal (...)

A still from a video by the Ad Council shows Pope Francis urging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Photograph: Ad Council via The New York Times

Pope Francis has joined six other senior Catholic Church figures in a video calling for people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Both Pope Francis a(...)

Mo Hume, youngest of John and Pat Hume’s five children, at the family home in Derry, with a portrait of her father behind. ‘Life was really rich,’ she says. ‘I just remember lots of laughter and lots of stories.’ Photograph: Trevor McBride

Growing up in the Hume family home in West End Park in Derry in the 1960s, 1970s and later could be “bedlam”, says Mo Hume, youngest of John and Pat H(...)

After recording more than 30 million cases of malaria annually in the 1940s, China implemented an eradication programme that by the late-1990s had brought annual cases to about 117,000 and reduced deaths by 95 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

China has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation in what the UN agency described as a “notable feat” given the high prevalence of(...)

A person holds a Bitcoin token at the Bitcoin ATM in El Zonte, El Salvador, on Monday. Photograph: Cristina Baussan/Bloomberg

The World Bank said on Wednesday it could not assist El Salvador’s bitcoin implementation given environmental and transparency drawbacks. “We are com(...)

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