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Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize

Geneva - An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday.

Central America cracks down on gangs in coordinated swoops

Sansalvador - Central America's "northern triangle" -- consisting of its most crime-ridden nations -- waged a coordinated crackdown this week on two major gangs infamous for extortion, murder and violence: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18.

Brentwood: living in terror of MS-13 in New York suburbia

Brentwood - The town of Brentwood on New York's Long Island may look like an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. But behind its timber homes and neat front yards, terror lurks.

El Salvador captures escaped female killer 'Boss'

Guatemala City - Security forces in El Salvador on Thursday captured the female leader of a hit-squad-for-hire two weeks after she escaped from a Guatemalan prison where she was serving a 94-year sentence, officials said.

Jailed aides to Brazil's Lula say they funneled cash to foreign election campaigns

Rio De Janeiro - Top aides to former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff say they ferried millions of dollars in cash to finance presidential election campaigns in Venezuela, El Salvador and Panama, according to testimony made public Frida...

El Salvador bans metal mining in world first

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Thursday became the first country in the world to ban the mining of metals in what campaigners called a landmark move for environmental protection.

Top human rights prize names finalists

Geneva - An El Salvadoran transgender advocate, five detained Cambodian activists and an Egyptian legal scholar were nominated on Wednesday for one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes.

El Salvador zoo in hot water over false hippo death account

Sansalvador - El Salvador's main zoo is in trouble for claiming a hippo died of a brutal stabbing attack by unidentified people, when an autopsy finally revealed the animal in fact died of possible poor care.

Hundreds of inmates abandon gang life in El Salvador

- Inside a Salvadaron prison Francisco Lopez teaches fellow ex-gang members how to make paper figurines, as part of a program designed to reinsert them into society once they are released.

El Salvador gets $98m in US funds to fight emigration

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Tuesday became the second Central American country to receive tens of millions of dollars in US aid to fight the root causes forcing its citizens to emigrate.

Kin of victims of El Salvador wartime massacre get compensation

Sansalvador - Relatives of more than 1,000 people murdered in the worst massacre of El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war are to be given up to $35,000 each by a compensation commission set up Tuesday, the government said.

Ordinary jail for El Salvador ex-president

Sansalvador - A former president of El Salvador who is detained pending trial for alleged embezzlement was transferred to an ordinary jail Tuesday.

7.0 quake shakes El Salvador, Nicaragua: officials

Sansalvador - A Pacific Ocean earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude shook El Salvador and Nicaragua on Thursday, officials said, an hour after a powerful hurricane hit Nicaragua's Caribbean coast.

El Salvador ex-president faces trial from jail

Sansalvador - Former El Salvador president Elias Antonio Saca will be kept in jail pending trial on charges of embezzling millions of dollars while in power, prosecutors said Saturday.

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

Sansalvador - A former president of El Salvador, Elias Antonio Saca, arrested with six other people over the weekend, stole $246 million from state coffers, the Central American nation's chief state prosecutor said Monday.

El Salvador arrests ex-president over graft accusations

Sansalvador - Police in El Salvador arrested the country's ex-president Elias Antonio Saca and six other suspects including three serving government officials on Sunday for alleged embezzlement and money laundering, authorities said.

Nicaragua grants Salvadoran ex-president asylum

Managua - Nicaragua has granted political asylum to El Salvador's former president Mauricio Funes, who faces corruption accusations at home, officials said Tuesday.The leftist leader, in office from 2009 to 2014, was covered by laws that "guarantee asylum...

El Salvador throws out civil war amnesty law

Sansalvador - The Supreme Court in El Salvador has declared unconstitutional an amnesty law that protected perpetrators of crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

El Salvador's half-year murder toll tops 3,000

Sansalvador - More than 3,000 people were violently killed in El Salvador in the first half of this year, according to the latest official figures.

Ex-gang members in El Salvador erase tattoos from violent past

Sansalvador - In many countries, tattoos are simple adornment, a small sign of unconventionality, of minor rebellion. In El Salvador, however, they are usually the mark of gang members who live -- and often die -- by codes of violence.

El Salvador confirms first Zika-linked birth defect

Sansalvador - El Salvador confirmed its first case of microcephaly in a baby that was linked to a Zika infection in the mother.Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and deformed brain.

Anti-gang offensive in El Salvador cuts murder rate

Sansalvador - El Salvador, ranked one of the most dangerous countries in the world, has nearly halved its staggeringly bloody monthly murder rate amid a fierce crackdown on fearsome gangs.

Erasing gang graffiti in El Salvador

Sansalvador - Police and soldiers painted over gang graffiti in a town in El Salvador as part of a vigorous new campaign against criminal gangs that for decades have terrorized the Central American country.

Molasses spill triggers alert in El Salvador

Sansalvador - A molasses spill in a river in El Salvador from a sugarcane processing plant has triggered an alert by authorities worried about the effect on fish and people along the waterway.The civil protection service issued the alert after 3.

New force raids El Salvador gang districts

Sansalvador - Police and soldiers in El Salvador raided parts of the capital on Tuesday under a new campaign to break the reign of vicious gangs, officials said.

El Salvador unleashes new elite force on gang bosses

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Wednesday deployed a new, heavily armed elite force of soldiers and police to hunt down gangs that have turned the country into one of the world's deadliest.

White tiger kills keeper, escapes El Salvador zoo

Sansalvador - A white tiger being kept in a private zoo in El Salvador fatally attacked its keeper on Friday and escaped but was recaptured hours later, police said."It was a horrible situation," a police inspector, Mario Macal, told AFP.

El Salvador launches probe after 'Panama Papers' leak

Sansalvador - State prosecutors in El Salvador said Wednesday they have launched a probe to see if Salvadorans identified in the Panama Papers leak broke any laws.

El Salvador passes law cracking down on jailed gang bosses

Sansalvador - Lawmakers in El Salvador on Friday passed a law imposing heavy prison restrictions on convicted bosses of the violent gangs that have made the country one of the most dangerous in the world.

El Salvador mulls crackdown on jailed gang leaders

Sansalvador - Lawmakers in El Salvador on Thursday began examining a government bill to impose heavy restrictions on imprisoned leaders of violent gangs that have made the country one of the most dangerous in the world.
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