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(...)

President  Higgins and Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla  walk to a joint news conference at the Presidential house in San Jose on October 28th. Mr Higgins largely steered clear of contentious political issues during his Latin American tour. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

It was a shame President Michael D Higgins wasn’t able to make Nicaragua the fourth stop on his tour of Latin America this week along with Mexico, El (...)

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins told El Salvador’s president Mauricio Funes that the Irish people knew well from the Northern Ireland peace process of the need “to understand the tasks of ethical memory”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has drawn parallels between the conflicts in El Salvador and Northern Ireland on his first visit to the Latin American cou(...)

 President Michael D Higgins (right) and Mexico’s foreign minister José Antonio Meade at a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to the Batallón de San Patricio  in Mexico City. Photograph:  Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has not ruled out a separate future visit to Nicaragua after a planned stop in the country on his 12-day tour of Central (...)

President of El Salvador Mauricio Funes. Photograph: Reuters

A woman in El Salvador is waiting for the country’s supreme court to decide if she can have the aborti(...)