El Salvador is experiencing disappearances linked to the gang violence hitting the country, mostly of young people and teens, with a frequency not seen since the country's civil war, which ended almost 20 years ago.
Guest blogger James Bosworth says that despite the media's focus on violence in Latin America – which certainly can't be ignored – the region offers friendly faces and strong investments.
During his two-day visit to El Salvador, President Obama hailed center-left President Mauricio Funes as a leader who has strengthened democracy in a region beset by instability.
Obama practices his soccer dribbling as he plays with local children during his tour of the Cidade de Deus Favela in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
A black Amur leopard cub growls during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen on Wednesday.
This photo, taken from a Panther helicopter, shows an aerial view of Bastille Day celebrations in Paris on Wednesday.
Landslides caused by Tropical Storm Agatha buried dozens of rural Indian communities.
Guatemala gangs have for years extorted bus drivers for protection money. In 2009 alone, 146 drivers and 60 drivers' assistants were murdered.
Dark clouds of smoke and fire are seen as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard, working in partnership with BP, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the in situ burn to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on the offshore drilling oil rig, Deepwater Horizon.
A large globe, with the US Capitol in the background, is seen on the Mall as part of Earth Day celebrations on April 22.