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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.

Pence to Central Americans: Stay put

Guatemala City - US Vice President Mike Pence urged Central American leaders Thursday to halt what he called an exodus of people that has triggered a humanitarian crisis at the US border with Mexico.

Salvador ex-president Saca to face trial for embezzlement

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran judge has decided to send former president Elias Antonio Saca and six ex-administration officials to trial over charges of embezzling $301 million in public funds, prosecutors said.

El Salvador arrests 200 gang members in nationwide sweep

Sansalvador - Prosecutors in El Salvador said Monday they had detained a man over the November killing of a cameraman and arrested more than 200 gang members in an overnight sweep following another journalist's murder.

Missing Salvadoran journalist found dead on roadside: media

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran journalist reported missing Sunday has been found dead on the side of a road, according to media reports.

Brother forgives Salvadoran priest's killers, regrets inaction

Sansalvador - The younger brother of murdered Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who is to be canonized a saint, said he forgives the killers but regrets the government's failure to prosecute them.

El Salvador releases second woman jailed over abortion

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated homicide over an alleged abortion after she was raped was released from prison on Tuesday having served half her sentence.

Right-wing opposition takes lead in key Salvadoran vote

Sansalvador - El Salvador's right-wing opposition party appeared headed for victory Monday in legislative and municipal elections, dealing a blow to leftist President Salvador Sanchez Ceren in his final year of office.

'Never again': Salvador woman released from prison after stillbirth

Sansalvador - "The law needs to change so this happens never again." With those words, a Salvadoran woman who spent 11 years in prison after suffering a stillbirth challenged the authorities who locked her up."I don't want to see more women like me enter that place....

Central American nations to sign trade deal with South Korea

Sansalvador - Five Central American nations are to sign a free trade deal with South Korea on Wednesday after more than two years of talks to ease tariffs and barriers on a range of products, El Salvador's government announced.

El Salvador releases woman jailed over abortion

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year jail sentence for having an abortion was released from prison on Thursday on the orders of the Supreme Court, her lawyer said.

Central America's violent Northern Triangle in Trump's crosshairs

Sansalvador - Debate is raging in America over how to adapt the country's immigration laws -- a process that will invariably affect Central America's so-called Northern Triangle.

El Salvador should revise abortion jailings: rights body

Sansalvador - El Salvador should revise the cases of 27 women sent to prison for having abortions, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged Monday.

Central America fears for US remittances as deportations loom

- Uncertainty and fear are rising in Central American countries over how many families will manage to get by when remittances from the US are cut off under plans by the Trump administration to make tens of thousands of Salvadorans and Nicaraguans leave.

El Salvador urges Qatar to employ nationals facing US deportation

Doha - El Salvador wants some of its 200,000 nationals facing potential deportation from the United States to be recruited by Qatar, the central American country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

El Salvador slams 'deplorable' comment attributed to Trump

Sansalvador - El Salvador on Friday slammed a comment attributed to US President Donald Trump reportedly calling it and other nations "shithole" countries and demanded an official US denial or clarification.

Almost 200,000 US children 'poised to be separated from Salvadoran parents'

Sansalvador - Almost 200,000 American children born in the United States risk being separated from their Salvadoran parents if the US government cancels a temporary immigration program, the Salvadoran government said Thursday.

El Salvador's ex-leader appeals corruption conviction

Sansalvador - El Salvador's former president Mauricio Funes on Wednesday appealed his conviction for graft in the corruption-plagued Central American nation.

Lawyer of Salvadoran woman jailed for stillbirth criticizes court

Sansalvador - The lawyer of a Salvadoran woman who lost an appeal against a 30-year prison sentence imposed for a miscarriage Friday accused the court of acting with "flippancy.

Court upholds Salvadoran woman's 30-year sentence after stillbirth

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran court on Wednesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence being served by a woman whose miscarriage in 2007 was prosecuted as homicide under draconian anti-abortion laws, prompting outrage from rights groups.

Salvadoran woman jailed for 'abortion' pleads for freedom

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence.

El Salvador court starts looking at ex-president's suspicious wealth

Sansalvador - An El Salvador court began proceedings Monday looking into the suspected illegal enrichment of former leftist president Mauricio Funes, his ex-wife and one of his sons.

Hundreds of dead sea turtles found floating off El Salvador

Sansalvador - Hundreds of dead sea turtles have been found floating off El Salvador's Pacific coast, leaving officials scratching their heads as to what caused the massacre.

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.
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