* Central America: An Oxfam report found that a surge in violent crime and government inaction has led to a spike in Honduran femicides since mid-2009, while this year could see an unfortunate record in gender-based murders in El Salvador.
* Peru: Undecided voters may not have been swayed by the TV debate between presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala that was held one week before the decisive second round.
* Dominican Republic: A new museum opened yesterday in Santo Domingo in remembrance of the thousands of victims tortured and killed under the ex-dictator Rafael Trujillo.
* Ecuador: The government is pushing for an increase in royalties from Canadian and U.S. mining firms.
Image – Claudia Barrientos/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian (“The body count has continued to rise since a 2009 candlelit vigil outside the National Congress in Tegucigalpa to mark International No Violence against Women Day.”)
Online Sources- The Guardian, CSMonitor.com, BBC News, CBS News, Reuters