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Biden selects Los Angeles to host next Summit of Americas

Jan. 18, 2022 20:44 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration has chosen Los Angeles to host a summit of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean that is a key part of its outreach to a region increasingly being courted by U.S. adversaries such as Russia and China. The Summit of the Americas, to take...

Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Jan. 14, 2022 10:53 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with sophisticated spyware over the past year and a half, an internet watchdog said Wednesday. Reporting on its latest findings about use of the Israeli firm...

El Salvador nabs 4.1 tons of cocaine in 2 semi-submersibles

Dec. 31, 2021 16:54 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s navy seized two semi-submersible boats carrying 4.1 metric tons of cocaine off the country's Pacific coast, the government said Friday. President Nayib Bukele said the cocaine was worth almost $104 million. It was the largest...

El Salvador frees three women convicted of abortions

Dec. 25, 2021 12:56 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele's government has freed three Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 30 years in prison under the nation's strict anti-abortion laws after suffering obstetric emergencies, according to abortion rights groups. Morena Herrera of...

Leftist millennial vows to remake Chile after historic win

Dec. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former leftist student leader Gabriel Boric will be under quick pressure from his youthful supporters to fulfill his promises to remake Chile after the millennial politician scored a historic victory in the country's presidential runoff election. And he...

Leftist millennial wins election as Chile's next president

Dec. 19, 2021 21:40 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A leftist millennial who rose to prominence during anti-government protests was elected Chile’s next president Sunday after a bruising campaign against a free-market firebrand likened to Donald Trump. With 56% of the votes, Gabriel Boric handily defeated by...

US General seeks to strengthen South American military ties

Dec. 17, 2021 19:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. military's new Southern Command Gen. Laura Richardson said Friday she is focused on strengthening military relationships with South American countries despite fraught politics. Richardson was in Denver to speak at a graduation ceremony at her alma mater,...

El Salvador congress votes to strip politician of immunity

Dec. 15, 2021 19:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's congress voted Wednesday to strip a politician accused of making a deal with the country's powerful street gangs of the legislative immunity that had prevented his prosecution. Sixty-six of the Legislative Assembly's 84 lawmakers voted...

EXPLAINER: Gang negotiations sensitive topic in El Salvador

Dec. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Allegations from the United States government that President Nayib Bukele’s administration negotiated with El Salvador's powerful street gangs touched a sensitive topic. Previous administrations in El Salvador both from the left and right have done so and paid a political...

U.S. Treasury: El Salvador government negotiated with gangs

Dec. 08, 2021 18:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele's government secretly negotiated a truce with leaders of the country’s powerful street gangs, the U.S. Treasury charged Wednesday, contradicting Bukele's denials and raising tensions between the two nations. The U.S...