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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Central America

All time
# hurricane iota
Hurricane Iota set to become dangerous Category 4 as it nears Central America
The area is still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Eta.
# storm eta
Eta makes landfall on Cuba as Guatemala searches for victims
Fifteen people were confirmed dead and at least 109 were missing, many of them in a landslide, authorities in Guatemala said.
# storm eta
Storm Eta leaves 150 dead or missing in northern Guatemala
The storm touched down in Central America as a hurricane on Tuesday.
# Central America
Tropical Storm Amanda kills 17 in El Salvador and Guatemala
El Salvador said a quarter of the rain that the country normally receives in a year fell in 70 hours.
# around the world and back
'Sport is sport and the best and worst thing about it is it's always going to be there'
Dublin star Aisling Maher is back at it after living the Central American Dream last summer.
# Mexico
Women in Central American migrant caravan go on hunger strike to put pressure on US authorities
More than 6,000 people are currently in the Mexican city of Tijuana hoping to apply for asylum.
# Mexico
Nearly 200 US-bound migrants found packed into bottom of truck
More than 300 Central American men, women and children were taken into custody as part of the operation.
# Nicaragua
"Well, in our factory, if a woman is good looking she gets treated differently"
A generation of women in Nicaragua are working to improve their lives in a society that isn’t always friendly to women.
# Birth Defects
Zika virus: Travel warning issued for pregnant Irish women
A total of 19 countries are covered by the warning.
# none of the above
This country's new president is an actor who once played a moron who ran for president
So meta.
# Guatemala
Bodies of seven prisoners found stuffed into rubbish bins
Their remains showed signs of torture, authorities in Guatemala said.
Column: In El Salvador, a total ban on abortion has led to death and decades of imprisonment
In El Salvador, one of only nine countries in the world that has a total ban on abortion, suicide accounts for 57% of all deaths of pregnant girls aged under 19.
# the craziest one
Relatives gather for wake of 'twice killed' drug cartel boss
Nazario Moreno, head of the Knights Templar, was killed last week. He was supposed to be dead already.
# Michael D
El último día: President concludes Central America tour today
President Michael D Higgins brings the curtain down on a landmark tour of Central America with some final meetings in Costa Rica today.
# Heroes
PICS: President Michael D Higgins meets Brazilian legend Pelé
We’re sure Galway United came up…
# El Presidente
Buenos días: President Higgins goes to Central America for 12-day trip
President Higgins left this morning for his official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
# Central America
Brief tsunami warning issued after 7.3-mag quake off El Salvador
The warning affected parts of many Central American countries, but the biggest wave registered a mere four inches.
# Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien's Digicel hits profits of more that $1bn
It’s the first time the telecoms group has reached profits of this level. It operates across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific.
# Fire
Most Honduras fire inmates were awaiting trial - report
Officials have confirmed that 358 people died in the blaze, making it the world’s deadliest prison fire in a century.
# Guatemala
Guatemalan President's call for legalisation of drugs criticised
The new president of the country took office in January and has been speaking out about discussing the decriminalisation of drugs in Central America.
# Panama
Ex-dictator Noriega extradited to Panama to finish sentence
Noriega has been extradited by France to face charges of embezzlement and murder in his home country.
# Nicaragua
Ortega poised to win third term in Nicaragua
The former revolutionary’s win could see him with a mandate that could allow him to make constitutional changes guaranteeing perpetual re-election.
# Central America
Heavy rains kill at least 84 in Central America
El Salvador and Nicaragua declared natural disasters yesterday, as landslides and floods continue to devastate the region.
# Tragic
Belfast man dies while on holiday in Central America
Gaelic footballer Michael McLean died after a hiking accident in Nicaragua at the weekend.
# Digicel
O’Brien to sell Digicel firms to world’s richest man
Denis O’Brien’s Honduras and El Salvador telecommunications businesses are to be acquired by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim – recently named as the world’s richest man by Forbes.
# Japan Earthquake
Massive Japanese quake causes day to shorten slightly
The earth’s rotation sped up by over a microsecond because of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.
# Japan Earthquake
Taoiseach offers condolences and pledges assistance to victims of Japanese earthquake
The minister for trade and development has said that Ireland is standing by to provide assistance.
# Japan Earthquake
Stock and oil prices react to Japan's earthquake and tsunami disasters
Stocks rose but oil prices fell in response to the terrible events in the Pacific.
# Japan Earthquake
Japan latest: Toll stands at 137 but deaths set to exceed 1,000 people
With still many unaccounted for one news agency says the death toll is expected to rise above 1,000 people.
# Bad Science
Astronomers dismiss suggestion that sun and moon caused Japan earthquake
Reports that scientists had established a link between the activities of the sun and moon with the today’s Pacific tsunami have been dismissed by Irish astronomers.
# Japan
In pictures: How the disaster in Japan unfolded
Cities, towns and farmland seriously damaged by the 8.9 magnitude quake today, which then triggered tsunami.
# Japan Tsunami
UN and countries pledge aid and rescue offers to Japan but no decision from Ireland
Officials at the Department of the Taoiseach and Department of Foreign Affairs have so far made no official comment on the matter.
# Pacific
Tsunami hits Indonesia without causing damage
Indonesia and Guam have both lifted their tsunami warnings, after waves of just 10 centimetres hit the eastern Indonesian coast.
# Tsunami
In Pictures: Graphs and charts that show the tsunami's projected path
Weather centres around the Pacific rim show trajectory of deadly wave.
# Indonesia
Volcano erupts in eastern Indonesia
A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, just hours after an earthquake in Japan created a Pacific-wide tsunami.
# Pacific Tsunami
Pacific tsunami: Eyewitnesses upload photographs
People in the areas affected by the Pacific tsunami have uploaded photographs on social networking sites.
# Pacific Tsunami
Tsunami passes over Taiwan, Indonesia braces for impact
The Pacific tsunami has hit Taiwan causing minimal damage – it is due to hit the vulnerable Indonesia islandssoon.
# Pacific Tsunami
Tsunami may 'totally engulf' low lying Pacific islands: Red Cross
The low lying Pacific islands may be swept over as a powerful tsunami hits the region – meanwhile Indonesia is bracing itself, as warnings indicate it will be the first area to be hit after Japan.
# Tsumani Warning
Tsunami centre widens warning to western US coast
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America and the rest of the Pacific Ocean have been issued with tsunami alerts.