A new report catalogues the risks that students face in attending school, amplified by the latest deadly attack by Nigeria's Boko Haram. Here are the study's three takeaways.
Free trade supporters are cheering the Pacific Alliance. Comprised of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, the bloc accounts for more than a third of Latin America's gross domestic product and has moved quickly on a path to integrate their economies. They agreed to remove trade tariffs on 92 per cent. The concrete results reflect refreshing pragmatism, and for this reason the Alliance should be applauded.
Latin America's weakest economies are reaching breaking-point At least Argentina's partial liberalisation of currency controls is a halting step towards normality. Venezuela, where the situation is even more perilous, is heading in the other direction.
Religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012, according to Pew Research. High levels of migration and connectedness may have something to do with it. One-third of the 198 countries had a high level of religious restrictions, with an even greater share affected by religiously-based social hostilities that included verbal abuse, overt hate crimes, and murder.
Francis is to appoint 19 new cardinals next month, including churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso, reflecting his commitment to the poor. Overall, the pope’s first batch of appointments to the College of Cardinals contained 10 men from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, reflecting his bid to give the Catholic Church a more global outlook.