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 s(...)

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(...)