The dark side of the Caribbean

The coastal area shared by Mexico, Guatemala and Belize is one of the most porous and little-known regions in the southern America border. Via three feature articles – in Xcalak, a remote Mexican village that lives off the cocaine that washes up from the sea; in Blue Creek, the powerful economic engine of the Mennonites; and in Puerto Barrios, the dark Guatemalan port in the Atlantic – this special report describes the enigmatic reality that exists just a stone’s throw from some of the biggest tourist attractions in the world

Americas

How El Salvador’s deadliest gang members found God behind bars

At San Francisco Gotera prison, 1,600 inmates have exchanged violence for love preached in the Bible

AMERICAS

Mexico negotiating “Marshall Plan” with Trump to combat Central American migration

The government of López Obrador is backing a project that will see migrants assimilated in Mexico and the US incentivize private investment in the south of the country

AMERICAS

The families being torn apart by US immigration policy

It is not just at the border that children are being separated from their parents – adults who have a whole life in America are also being deported

Americas

Panic at the foot of a Guatemala volcano

The eruption of the Volcán del Fuego on Sunday has left 99 dead and almost 200 missing

Americas

Guatemala: A volcano erupts and a city is gripped by panic

Residents of Escuintla flee in fear after new activity from the Volcán de Fuego on Tuesday

Americas

Fuego volcano survivor: “The lava was on top of us”

The recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala has left at least 69 dead and affected thousands more

Drug crime in Mexico

“Mexico is 10 times worse than when I was locked up:” Mireles

Ex-leader of Michoacán self-defense militia talks about current state of nation and future plans

GENDER VIOLENCE

Why are so many women being murdered in Mexico state?

Estimates put the number of femicides in this key industrial and political region at 263 in 2016

Environmental activism

The pointless death of Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres

A year on from the activist’s murder, dam project she was battling against is still set to go ahead

Mexico-US relations

Mexicans take to the streets to protest against Donald Trump

Non-partisan demonstrations throughout the country bring thousands out to demand “respect” and “dignity”

Drug Violence in Mexico

Mexican drug kingpin gunned down by military helicopter

Juan Francisco Patrón, a senior figure in the Beltrán Leyva cartel, was holed up in residence in Nayarit

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico’s other, invisible border wall

Following a migration deal with the US, deportations of Central Americans fleeing violence have soared

Corruption

The scandal bus that tours Mexico’s “most fabulous” corruption sites

Corruptour aims to show participants economic fraud is not inevitable and can be stopped

Political corruption in Mexico

Ex-Veracruz governor oversaw fake medical treatments for children

Health officials under Javier Duarte, who has been missing for three months, acquired counterfeit HIV tests and gave distilled water to kids with cancer

UNREST IN MEXICO

President calls for calm, as Mexicans loot and protest over gas price hike

Army brought in to outskirts of capital to restore order, as unrest spreads throughout country

ECONOMY

Rising gas prices sour Christmas holiday for Mexicans

Politicians, business leaders and consumers mobilize against a proposed hike of between 14% and 24%

LATIN AMERICA

Why once-peaceful Colima is now gripped by an epidemic of violence

War between drug cartels has made Mexico’s tiny Pacific tourist state the country’s bloodiest region

MEXICO

Ayotzinapa massacre: leaked report highlights flaws in investigation

State Attorney’s internal audit details confessions under torture and efforts to protect police and army

US ELECTIONS

Why Donald Trump’s ‘Great Wall of Mexico’ is already a reality

Large sections of the US-Mexico border are divided by a three-meter-high barrier

Day of the Dead

Mexico looks to James Bond to end tourism blues

City is backing 007-inspired Day of the Dead parade in bid in attract visitors and income

COLOMBIA

Former president big winner as Colombia snubs FARC peace accord

Shock ‘no’ vote in Colombia plebiscite has given Álvaro Uribe a massive political boost

DRUG CRIMES

Burundanga, the stealth drug making a name for itself in the US and Europe

Widely known in Latin America, use by criminals of this incapacitating substance is spreading

MEXICO

Spanish soccer chief’s niece was killed hours after ransom was paid

María Villar was kidnapped in Mexico after taking a taxi and murdered two days later

MEXICO

Gunmen kidnap 15 bus passengers in northern Mexico

Victims of the hijacking are believed to be Central American immigrants who were trying to reach the US

MEXICO

The lavish lifestyle of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s sons

Kidnapping of drug lord’s heir apparent by rival organization highlights internal weaknesses, say experts

MEXICO

Mexico presents education reform despite teacher opposition

New model is scheduled for introduction in the fall of 2017, and will not eliminate evaluations that have triggered protests by dissident labor union