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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 ...

Salvadorans celebrate ahead of Romero's canonization

Sansalvador - Hundreds of churchgoers from around Central America paraded in San Salvador Saturday to celebrate the impending canonization of slain Salvadoran cleric Oscar Romero.

For years 'nobody remembered him' says new saint's brother

Sansalvador - What Gaspar Romero remembers most about his brother's funeral was the thump of explosions in a crowded plaza, the rattle of gunfire, the screams of the crowd -- and that in the midst of it all, Archbishop Oscar Romero was buried "in a rush.

Salvador ex-president Saca gets 10-year graft term

Sansalvador - A court in El Salvador on Wednesday sentenced former president Elias Antonio Saca to ten years in prison for diverting 301 million dollars from state coffers during his term.

Panama asks US to 'respect' Taiwan snub

Panama - Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela on Sunday asked the United States to respect his country's sovereignty after the US recalled its envoys from three regional countries for switching diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.

US recalls envoys from Latin American countries for cutting Taiwan ties

Washington - The United States on Friday recalled its envoys to three Latin American countries that recently switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, saying it would hold consultations with the diplomats.

Abortion in Latin America: four women's voices

Montevideo - To legalize or not to legalize, that is the question on the lips of many legislators in Latin America since Argentina opted not to decriminalize abortion following a senate vote.

El Salvador ex-president corruption trial ends

Sansalvador - The trial of former Salvadoran president Elias Antonio Saca over the diversion of over $300 million during his term concluded Wednesday, with sentencing set for September 12, a court spokesman said.

US, China trade barbs after El Salvador cuts Taiwan ties

Bejing - China lashed out on Friday at "irresponsible" US accusations that Beijing was destabilising cross-Strait relations after El Salvador cut ties with Taiwan in favour of the Asian giant.
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