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Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Members of Salvadoran gang freed from jail only to be gunned down

San Salvador - Three alleged members of a notorious Central American gang - along with a taxi driver who had picked them up at a local lockup - were gunned down moments after being released from jail in El Salvador Monday.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Mexican army frees dozens of kidnapped immigrants

Ciudad Victoria - Soldiers freed 60 immigrants of various nationalities who were being held in a warehouse in Northeastern Mexico by an organized crime group, according to the news agency Proceso.
In the Media by John Sevigny

El Salvador court rejects opposition challenge to vote tally

San Salvador - El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Monday dismissed opposition claims of irregularities and confirmed the leftist ruling party candidate as president-elect.
In the Media by AFP

Leftist ex-guerrilla wins El Salvador presidency

San Salvador - El Salvador's election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a March 9 presidential election, after rejecting the opposition's last challenges to the results.Eugenio Chicas, the president of th...
In the Media by AFP

Salvadoran castaway visits family of dead shipmate

San Salvador - The Salvadoran castaway who says he survived more than a year at sea flew to Mexico Friday to visit the family of a man who died during the odyssey across the Pacific.Jose Salvador Alvarenga, 37, was "looking forward" to the visit, his lawyer told AFP....
In the Media by AFP

Ex-rebel wins El Salvador presidency

San Salvador - Former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren was declared the winner Thursday of El Salvador's presidential elections by a razor-thin margin.But the opposition National Republican Alliance (ARENA) charged that Sanchez Ceren's victory in Sunday...
In the Media by AFP

Ex-leftist rebel wins El Salvador presidency

San Salvador - Former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren has won last Sunday's presidential election in El Salvador, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said.He beat out rightist Norman Quijano by less than half a percentage point, said the tribunal, which now...
In the Media by AFP

Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls

San Salvador - The conservative candidate in El Salvador's tight presidential runoff, in which no winner has been declared, demanded a new vote be held.Preliminary results show Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former rebel commander, edging out conservative Norman Quijano b...
In the Media by AFP

El Salvador presidential vote a near tie

San Salvador - El Salvador's presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner.Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former re...
In the Media by AFP

El Salvador presidential vote a near tie

San Salvador - El Salvador's presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner.Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former re...
In the Media by AFP

Former guerrilla favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

San Salvador - Voters in El Salvador cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff expected to crown the current vice president, an ex-guerrilla commander, as the country's new leader.Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National L...
In the Media by Carlos Mario Marquez (AFP)

Former guerrilla favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

San Salvador - Voters in El Salvador cast ballots on Sunday in a presidential run-off which was expected to crown the current vice president, a former guerrilla commander, as the country's new leader.Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo...
In the Media by Carlos Mario Marquez (AFP)

Former guerrilla appears poised to win El Salvador presidency

San Salvador - Sanchez Ceren of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front or FMLN has a lead of from 10 to 18 percentage points in the runoff election for president scheduled for Sunday (March 9).
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Criminal probe urged against ex-Salvadoran president

San Salvador - Former Salvadoran president Francisco Flores should undergo a criminal investigation for the alleged embezzlement of money donated by Taiwan, a congressional committee recommended."It is clear that former president Francisco Flores received checks issu...
In the Media by AFP

Doubts, fears and tears at Salvadoran castaway's homecoming

Cara Sucia - The Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific enjoyed an emotional welcome home Wednesday full of tears, hugs and painful questions about what comes next."I am just so happy to be here again with my family," Jose Salvado...
In the Media by Oscar Batres (AFP)

Salvadoran castaway released from hospital

San Salvador - The Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific was released from a hospital on Tuesday after a week-long stay, but his destination was kept secret."I'm doing well, thank you very much," Jose Salvador Alvarenga told report...
In the Media by AFP

Anti-depressants, no sea for Salvadoran castaway

San Salvador - Salvadoran castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga, still in hospital after his 13-month Pacific odyssey, will need antidepressants and anxiety medication, doctors said Monday.Due to Alvarenga's fear of the sea, which medics earlier linked with possible post-...
In the Media by AFP

Salvadoran castaway extends hospital stay

San Salvador - The Salvadoran fisherman who survived 13 months drifting in the Pacific will undergo additional medical tests and stay in hospital until at least Monday.Doctors who have seen Jose Salvador Alvarenga since the 27-year-old returned to El Salvador on Tues...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Salvadoran castaway undergoes psychological tests

San Salvador - The Salvadoran fisherman who says ships ignored his cries for help during a 13-month sea odyssey underwent psychological tests Thursday to determine whether he is fit to return to his family's village.Doctors say Jose Salvador Alvarenga returned to his...
In the Media by Laurent THOMET (AFP)
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