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Pompeo to take up immigration, Iran on Latin America tour

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will press US efforts to curb immigration and counter Iran during a four-nation tour of Latin America, the State Department said Tuesday.

Salvadoran president says four years to eradicate gangs

Sansalvador - Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Sunday that security measures implemented by his government would do away with the country's long-running gang problem in four years.

Top US official to meet Salvadoran, Honduran leaders on migration

Washington - The US head of homeland security will hold migration talks with the presidents of El Salvador and Honduras beginning Monday, after a viral photo of a drowned father and daughter shone a harsh spotlight on the crisis at the US-Mexican border.

Drowned migrant man, daughter buried in El Salvador

Sansalvador - The bodies of a man and his toddler daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States were laid to rest in a funeral ceremony Monday in their native El Salvador.

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Sansalvador - The bodies of a man and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States were returned on Sunday to their native El Salvador.

Wife, mother of drowned Salvadoran migrants returns home

Sansalvador - The widow of a Salvadoran migrant who drowned along with their almost two-year-old daughter trying to cross the Rio Grande River to the United States returned home from Mexico Friday.

'This American dream': pain overwhelms family of drowned migrants

Sansalvador - "They had this American dream," sobbed Rosa Ramirez after images of her drowned son and granddaughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday.

Nayib Bukele sworn in as president of El Salvador

Sansalvador - Conservative businessman Nayib Bukele took office Saturday as president of El Salvador, tasked with turning around grinding poverty and rampant gang violence that are sending thousands fleeing to the United States.

Rehabilitating El Salvador gang members have message for Trump

Chalatenango - Some 1,700 imprisoned gang members in El Salvador claiming to be turning around their lives in a rehabilitation program have a message for US President Donald Trump: they're neither "terrorists" nor "animals.

El Salvador president-elect to snub Ortega, Maduro

Sansalvador - Incoming El Salvador president Nayib Bukele will not invite regional counterparts Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Honduras' Juan Orlando Hernandez to his June 1 inauguration, a top aide said Tuesday.

Salvador police strike blow against MS-13 gang

Sansalvador - Salvadoran police said Monday they had struck a "heavy blow" against the Central American country's violent MS-13 gang, arresting 117 members for a raft of crimes from murder to extortion.

Court frees Salvador women convicted for abortions

Ilopango - Three women serving 30-year sentences for falling foul of El Salvador's severe anti-abortion laws walked free from prison Thursday after the Central American country's Supreme Court ordered their release.

El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran court on Friday freed Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby at home.

Gang-weary Salvadorans vote for president

Sansalvador - Polls opened Sunday in El Salvador's presidential elections amid heavy security as voters look for change in a country beset by gang violence and widespread poverty.

El Salvador: burdened by gangs, war and poverty

Sansalvador - The small Central American country of El Salvador, which holds presidential elections on February 3, suffered a brutal civil war and remains burdened by gang violence and poverty.Here is some background.

Insecurity and the economy dominate El Salvador presidential vote

Sansalvador - Nayib Bukele is favored to win El Salvador's presidency when voters head to the polls on Sunday, as the country grapples with violence, corruption, poverty and an exodus of migrants seeking to reach the United States.

El Salvador's murder rate decreases for third straight year

Sansalvador - El Salvador's murder rate, still one of the highest in the world, dropped for the third year in a row, authorities said on Wednesday.

El Salvador tells Trump it's trying to slow migration

Sansalvador - El Salvador insisted Saturday that it is taking steps to curb illegal migration to the United States, fending off criticism from President Donald Trump.

El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birth

Usulut - A judge in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 20-year-old rape victim originally charged with murder after giving birth prematurely in a toilet.

El Salvador's 'vigilante' mayor battling the gangs

Caserio Montepeque - Mauricio Vilanova is no typical small-town mayor. The 60-year-old patrols the streets of El Salvador's San Jose Guayabal in a 4x4 vehicle wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an automatic rifle.

In El Salvador, ruthless gangs draw invisible borders

Soyapango - Facing the majestic Chinchontepec volcano a seemingly bucolic path runs past a suburb of El Salvador's capital -- but this "devil's alley" is nothing but a strip of homes emptied by gang violence and swallowed by tropical vegetation.

Social media spreads hope and fear among Central America migrants

Sansalvador - As a group of migrants prepare to form a new caravan to set out from El Salvador for the promised land of the United States, eager participants exchange messages over social media.How will they cross the border? What should they bring?

First human remains found in El Salvador's 'Mayan Pompeii'

Sansalvador - Human remains have been discovered for the first time in El Salvador's Joya de Ceren, a city buried by a volcanic eruption more than 1,400 years ago and sometimes dubbed the "Mayan Pompeii," the ministry of culture said Thursday.

New migrant group sets out for US from El Salvador

Sansalvador - Defying US pledges to turn back those seeking asylum at the border, a caravan of about 200 migrants set out Sunday from El Salvador seeking their American dream.

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Santiago - El Salvador has earned a grim distinction: it is the country with the highest rate of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, with more than 10 killings for every 100,000 women.

Pregnant migrants want their children 'to be American'

Los Zacatones - Two months ago, Marisol Hernandez's husband was gunned down by gangsters for refusing to work for them. For the pregnant 23-year-old, that was the last straw.

Hundreds of Salvadorans form new US-bound caravan

Sansalvador - A group of around 300 migrants left the El Salvador capital on foot on Sunday heading for the border with Guatemala in the hope of eventually realizing the "American dream" and reaching the United States.

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country Saturday but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Migrant caravan halted after storming Guatemala-Mexico border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United ...
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