The team was within reach of breaking the 30-day record for an Atlantic crossing

How six would-be record-breakers ended up in seriously deep water

Container ship saves crew cast adrift on life rafts after their Atlantic crossing turns into a scramble for survival

Bright thing: A beach stall in Antigua

Traveller's guide: Affordable Caribbean

A week in Barbados for £549? Act fast and it's all yours. Fred Mawer guides you to the best island bargains, with budget holidays for all seasons.

OMAR ORTIZ: The goalkeeper won his only international cap in 2002, but was banned for steroid use in 2010

Ex-footballer 'worked for kidnappers'

The former Mexican international goalkeeper Omar Ortiz has been arrested on suspicion of working for a gang of kidnappers.

Francisco Dall'Anese is trying to clean-up crime and corruption in Guatemala

The lawyer taking on Guatemala's criminal gangs

Death threats are part of the job for the UN investigator scoring victories in a drug war – and setting precedents for battles elsewhere. Guy Adams steps into his world

Gunmen kill four in Mexico ambulance attack

Gunmen attacked an ambulance in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez yesterday, killing the driver, two patients and a fourth person in the vehicle, officials said.

Miguel Angel Cotto feels the weight of Antonio Margarito's right in their first fight in 2008

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Cotto aims to wrap up revenge in rematch

Margarito said that illegal plaster across his knuckles had nothing to do with his win

Former general set to win Guatemalan presidency

A right-wing former army general was poised to become Guatemala’s next president this evening, as the public cast its votes in an election which has been dominated by spiralling crime and drug-related violence.

CWC reports profits of £90m

Cable & Wireless Communications said its Caribbean business had stabilised and smartphone usage was booming as it yesterday reported better than expected half-year profits of $145m (£90m).

Mexican men held for cactus smuggling

Prosecutors have charged two German citizens with wildlife trafficking after they were detained at Mexico City international airport with 543 cacti.

Report on Guatemala syphilis scandal to urge testing reform

A presidential commission investigating how United States researchers deliberately infected prison inmates and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis in the 1940s is expected this morning to issue new guidelines on ethical testing of new drugs.

£110m cocaine ship caught in the Caribbean

A boat carrying $180m (£110m) of cocaine has been caught by US coastguards in the Caribbean.

Confessions of a drug cartel hitman on the run

He killed or tortured hundreds in Mexico's drug wars. Now he is the one living in fear. Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy report

Video: Mexico drugs gang hangs man

A man with a gunshot wound has been rescued after he was found hanging over a busy highway in Monterrey.

More mass graves found in Mexico

Soldiers have found 25 more corpses as they search mass graves in the northern Mexican city of Durango – bringing to at least 146 the number found there in the past month.

Five women are killed in Acapulco

Five women, all apparently connected to the same beauty parlour, have been found brutally murdered in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco.

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