When Ret. Gen. Pacheco was appointed Honduras' new minister of security, many feared a militarization of the police. A few months into the job, Pacheco says this could be the turning point for violence and crime in Honduras.
More than half a million prisoners in Brazil occupy jails meant to house less than 300,000 people. Brazil has a number of rules that allow it to pare down the prison population - particularly around Christmas.
Pope Francis today approved the beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered in 1980. In the lead-up to March national elections, politicians from opposing parties are drumming up memories - good and bad - of Romero.
Honduras' foreign minister wrote a stern letter after a think tank published a report saying more than 30 percent of Hondurans indicated they were victims of crime last year. Official crime statistics are lower, but many lack confidence in police and don't report all crimes.
Gang violence has uprooted many communities in El Salvador, which gained headlines during last summer's uptick in migration to the US. But, there's no government agency dedicated to registering those who have been forced from their home.
A man dressed in a Spider-Man costume, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, takes part in a local surfing competition in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod Friday. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
Some 32 percent of the Mexican population is between the ages of 15 and 29. But 22 percent of that age group is neither employed nor in education or training. It could mean bad news – and a missed opportunity – for the economy.
Rio de Janeiro's military police announced its fifth change in command in seven years. The security institution has been plagued by challenges including controlling troops during 2013 street demonstrations.
Mexico's attorney general ended a press conference last week about the 43 missing students by declaring that exasperated line, fueling outrage at the government's handling of the case – and launching a new hashtag on social media, #YaMeCansé.