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Deadly Tropical Storm Amanda hits El Salvador, Guatemala

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:48 PM

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele declares a 15-day state of emergency to cope with the effects of the storm, estimated to have caused $200 million in damage

RECOVERY OPERATIONS. Members of the volunteer stretcher corps and rescue firefighters work under the rubble of a house collapsed in the removal of the body of a woman who survived the mud and debris avalanche but died during the rescue process during heavy rains by Tropical Storm Amanda in San Salvador on May 31, 2020. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dispatch from El Salvador

Apr 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide or female murder in the world

El Salvador declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:43 PM

El Salvador is yet to record a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus

El Salvador bans foreigners entering country over coronavirus fears

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Salvadorans arriving from countries where coronavirus has been declared will be quarantined for 30 days

YOUTH. Salvadorean youngsters wait to practice at a rural fencing school in San Pedro Masahuat, El Salvador. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

El Salvador expels Venezuela diplomats in challenge to Maduro

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:35 AM

El Salvador under its new President Nayib Bukele is one of more than 50 countries declaring Nicolas Maduro's Venezuelan government illegitimate

LEAVING. Members of the diplomatic corps leave the Venezuelan embassy in San Salvador on November 3, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

MS-13 gang members charged in string of grisly U.S. killings

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:31 AM

A 12-count indictment against 22 members of the gang says most of those charged took part in 7 killings carried out with machetes, knives and baseball bats over the last two years

This undated image released by the US Justice Department on July 16, 2019, shows alleged MS-13 gang members. Several members of the notorious MS-13 gang have been charged in Los Angeles for their role in multiple grisly murders, including the machete killing of a rival gang member who was dismembered and had his heart cut out. According to a 12-count indictment against 22 members of the gang unsealed on July 16, 2019, most of those charged took part in seven killings carried out with machetes, knives and baseball bats over the last two years. HO / US Justice Department / AFP

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The intertwined bodies in the viral photo are those of asylum-seeker Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria. They drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (L) and his daughter Angie Valeria (R) are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. - The poignant pictures of Ramirez and his daughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday and has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks. (Photo by Marco Rodriguez / AFP)

Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks El Salvador – USGS

May 30, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Officials say the earthquake was so strong it was likely felt throughout Central America

Fencing coach helping El Salvador youth steer clear of violence

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Ernesto Ramirez is not just training these youngsters to be talented fencers, he's trying to keep them away from violence and trouble.

Salvadorean youngsters wait to practice at a rural fencing school in San Pedro Masahuat, El Salvador, on March 2, 2019. Around 15 young people and children are part of Ernesto Valladares’ project, the coach who is looking forward to empower them and that they have a better future in a country where there is a lot of violence. MARVIN RECINOS / AFP

Nayib Bukele declares victory as new El Salvador president

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) Bukele promises to increase investment in education and fight corruption – but his main task will be to implement new programs to confront insecurity

NAYIB BUKELE. El Salvador presidential candidate Nayib Bukele of the Great National Alliance (GANA) speaks to the media after declaring victory in the presidential election in San Salvador on February 3, 2019. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

American troops on the border with Mexico can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, says Defense Minister Jim Mattis

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

China, El Salvador establish ties in fresh defeat for Taiwan

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) El Salvador's move leaves Taiwan with a dwindling number of allies around the world as a growing number switch recognition to China

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Here is a look at the key facts and figures behind the crisis

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

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Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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Jan 09, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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U.S. set to expel around 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Monday is the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to rule on extending Temporary Protection Status for the Salvadorans

IMMIGRANTS. This file photo shows a young woman wraps herself in the US and El Salvadoran flags in a rally in Virginia. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Can victory over irresponsible mining in Central America spur a win in the PH?

Dec 23, 2017 - 5:14 PM

OceanaGold has been stunningly defeated in El Salvador, at least for the time being. The months to come will determine whether it can be defeated in the Philippines by 2019.

El Salvador bans metal mining in world first

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:01 AM

The law bans prospection exploration exploitation extraction or processing of metallic minerals in El Salvador

Otto weakens to tropical storm after hurricane, quake hit Central America

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Nicaragua was caught in the middle of both events as the hurricane plowed into its Caribbean coast while the 7 0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off its other coast

EVACUATION. People carrying belongings and a pet leave their house at "El Canal" neighborhood before Hurricane Otto hits Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 24, 2016. A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger dangerous floods and mudslides. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

El Salvador ex-president 'embezzled' millions, prosecutor says

Nov 01, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Elias Antonio Saca stole 246 million from state coffers the Central American nation s chief state prosecutor says

Anti-gang offensive in El Salvador cuts murder rate

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:24 PM

But analysts say the number of homicides this year is still higher than last year

Protests cloud Brazil acting president's political honeymoon

May 17, 2016 - 8:34 AM

Street protests and controversy over the absence of female ministers clouded Brazilian acting President Michel Temer s political honeymoon

NO HONEYMOON. Brazilian interim President Michel Temer speaks during his first cabinet meeting at Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 13, 2016. Fernando Bizerra/EPA

How did President Aquino spend his Lenten holidays?

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Aquino says he spent quality time with his family monitored developments in Syria and everything else from Manila

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his Lent and Easter message to the nation on March 23, 2016. Photo By Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Colombia s National Health Institute says the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome

FIRST DEATHS. Health officials of Colombia and the National Health Institute seen during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, February 5, 2016. At least 3 people have died in Colombia with 'confirmed history' of Zika and other six cases are currently under study, as reported the general director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Marta Lucia Ospina. Photo by EPA/Leonardo Muñoz

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:52 AM

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

El Salvador starts scheme for citizens deported from US

Jan 09, 2016 - 8:45 AM

With 420 000 in funding the first phase of the program seeks to train an initial group of 100 returnees in micro and small business creation

Central America's violent Northern Triangle records 17,422 murders in 2015

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:52 AM

The figures released this week confirms the region s reputation for the worst homicide rates in the world outside of war zones

In this file photo, a Guatemalan policewoman (2-L) takes pictures of the body of one of the two assailants that were shot down by the authorities following an attack against a police station in Guatemala City, Guatemala, October 1, 2015. Esteban Biba/EPA

Former El Salvador international footballer Pacheco shot dead

Dec 28, 2015 - 6:04 AM

Former El Salvador international defender Alfredo Pacheco who was banned for life for match fixing in 2013 was shot and killed

GUNNED DOWN. Alfredo Pacheco appeared in more international matches for El Salvador than any other player, but was banned from the game for match-fixing in 2013. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

El Salvador condemns bishop accused of raping girl

Nov 28, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Well loved senior bishop Jesus Delgado who is also a prominent Church historian is condemned by government officials and a rights organization after being accused of repeatedly raping a girl in the 1980s

DELGADO. Picture showing the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of San Salvador Monsignor Jesus Delgado taken on April 28, 2011 in San Salvador. Photo by AFP

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes off El Salvador – USGS

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:46 PM

There are no immediate reports of damage or victims

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14 dead in El Salvador prison gang violence – official

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:44 AM

The incident is linked to an internal dispute involving the Barrio 18 gang

Salvadoran 'voice of voiceless' archbishop Romero beatified

May 24, 2015 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Cheers rang from a crowd of hundreds of thousands as former archbishop Oscar Romero whose defense of the poor and repressed divided both his nation and the Church was beatified

JUBILATION. Thousands of Catholic faithful from various nationalities participate in the ceremony celebrating the beatification of martyr archbishop Oscar Romero at Las Americas square in San Salvador, on May 23, 2015. Marvin Recinos/AFP

El Salvador archbishop Romero to be beatified in May

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Romero remains a divisive figure for his outspoken criticism of social injustice and condemnations of the military during El Salvador s civil war

In this file photo, Salvadoreans visit the tomb of slain Monsignor of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero, during the 34th anniversary of his death, at Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador, 24 March 2014. Roberto Escobar/EPA

Latin America: Where cars are deadlier than crime

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Welcome to Latin America where crosswalk lights are more decorative than functional speed limits are ignored right of way to pedestrians is a myth and traffic lights are disdained

ROAD MONSTERS. Picture taken during a traffic jam at 23 de Maio Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

7.3 magnitude quake off El Salvador coast – USGS

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The rumbling of the earth was felt along the Central American coast stretching south to Nicaragua and Costa Rica and inland to Honduras

El Salvador ex-president jailed for corruption

Sep 20, 2014 - 3:36 PM

After the court revoked his house arrest ex leader Francisco Flores was taken to a regular jail cell

JAILED. Former Salvadorean President Francisco Flores (C) is taken under heavy custody from his residence in the upscale Colonia San Benito district of San Salvador on September 19. Marvin Recinos/AFP

'Progress' in slowing child migrations – US official

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:22 AM

The United States is making tremendous progress in stemming a recent tide of unaccompanied child migrants entering the country via Mexico

US Border Patrol agent Joe Gutierrez walks on the river road by the US-Mexican border at the Rio Grande River, near McAllen,Texas, USA, 19 August 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

US, Mexico, Central America join forces on child migrants

Sep 10, 2014 - 7:48 AM

US Mexico Honduras Guatemala and El Salvador decide to create a high level working group to tackle the surge of unaccompanied child migrants

BORDER CONTROL. The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. Jose Munoz/EPA

El Salvador gangs renew peace efforts

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Gangs have asked the government to provide facilities so that churches and civil authorities can facilitate dialogue to resolve conflicts between groups

PEACE. A member of a 'mara' (Salvadorean gangs) takes part in a weapons amnesty as they hand in the arms to police as part of a truce between gangs to reduce the rates of homicides in Apopa, El Salvador, March 9, 2013. File photo by Roberto Escobar/EPA

House passes border crisis bill; Obama vows to act alone

Aug 02, 2014 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED The measure passed by a vote of 223 to 189 in the Republican dominated chamber would provide 694 million to deal with the influx of minors into the United States from Mexico

BORDER CONTROL. The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. Jose Munoz/EPA

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:09 AM

US President Barack Obama stresses that Americans feel great compassion for the child migrants who have often endured tremendous suffering before and during their journey

Fast Facts: Child migrants heading to US

Jul 22, 2014 - 8:46 AM

The arrival of huge numbers of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern US border has overwhelmed authorities in the United States lacking the financial and legal means to curb the illegal influx

BORDER CONTROL. The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. Jose Munoz/EPA

Central America to ask for US aid to stem immigration

Jul 20, 2014 - 3:48 PM

The presidents will meet Friday July 25 over the humanitarian crisis triggered by some 57 000 unaccompanied minors from Central America who have traveled illegally to the United States since October

WATCHFUL EYES. United States Border Patrol agents mounted on horses and on ground look over persons suspected of crossing the Rio Grande River to enter the United States illegally near McAllen, Texas, USA, 19 March 2014. Larry W. Smith/EPA

No US legal status for new migrant children – official

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Three out of four minors who illegally cross the US border come from El Salvador Honduras and Guatemala

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No fear for Spain in Dutch World Cup rematch

Jun 08, 2014 - 12:11 PM

We don t have any fear But we do have respect

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS. Spain takes a team photo prior to their international friendly match against El Salvador in preparation for their title defense at the World Cup. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA