* Chile: A Congressional commission blamed the owners of the San Jose mine, not the federal government, for safety lapses that led to the mine's collapse and thirty-three workers being trapped underground for nearly seventy days last year.
* Mexico: The U.N.'s top human rights official urged the Mexican government to look into the possible involvement of authorities in the disappearance of forty Central American migrants.
* Honduras: The country's LGBT community is on alert after the recent murders of three gay and trangender Hondurans.
* Brazil: The death toll of those killed by heavy rains and mudslides in Brazil increased to 785 while at least 400 people are still missing.
Image - Roberto Candia/AP via MSNBC ("Relatives of 33 trapped miners wait for news outside the collapsed mine San Jose in Copiapo, Chile" last August).
Online Sources - Advocate.com, Voice of America, BBC News, The Telegraph