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In this In this photo released by the El Salvador Presidential Press Office, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele swears in Milena Mayorga as the country's next ambassador to the U.S., at Government House, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.  A top 10 finalist in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant, Mayorga is a political neophyte with no previous diplomatic experience, having been elected to congress for the first time in 2018. (El Salvador Presidential Press Office via AP)

El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

Sep. 26, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss. A photo circulating on social media Friday showed a smiling Trump locking arms with Milena Mayorga and two other contestants - Miss USA and...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2008 file photo, people hold banners depicting six Jesuit priests massacred in 1989, during a memorial to mark the 19th anniversary of their death, in San Salvador. For years, attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of the massacre during that country’s civil war have been delayed and deflected by legal maneuvers. (Edgar Romero/AP Photo File)

Push within El Salvador to advance priest massacre case

Sep. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For years, attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of a massacre of six Jesuit priests during that country’s civil war have been delayed and deflected by legal maneuvers. The sentencing of former Salvadoran colonel Inocente Orlando...

El Salvador woman imprisoned after miscarriage released

Sep. 23, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A 29-year-old woman who suffered an apparent miscarriage but was convicted of aggravated homicide under El Salvador’s strict anti-abortion laws was released from prison Wednesday. Cindy Erazo had served six years of a 10-year sentence before a judge granted her...

Defense condemns 'rush' to convict in four Nevada killings

Sep. 16, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Public defenders say the state's “rush” to convict an immigrant of four capital killings in northern Nevada violates his Constitutional rights as they press for an indefinite trial delay due to COVID-19 travel restrictions keeping them from gathering evidence in El Salvador...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Mateo Barrera, 4, originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles. The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that had blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries. People from El Salvador would be most affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Sep. 14, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn't take...

A Salvadoran businesswoman, who is one of the applicants of a small refugee program that was shut down by President Donald Trump, shows documents of the many times she has reported robberies and extortions, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. She said she was terrified when she began receiving death threats in 2013. Men with tattoos would come to a car wash she used to own to demand

Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic

Sep. 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — After years of waiting in countries marred by violence, Central Americans who were finally cleared to reunite with their families in the U.S. are facing a major obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 338 — or 12% — of 2,700 people approved to come to the U.S. through a...

A vendor hawks protective face masks as he walks along Gerardo Barrios Square in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador to require negative COVID test to enter country

Sep. 12, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador said Saturday it plans to reopen airports for international flights starting Sept. 19, but with a twist: incoming passengers will be required to show a negative PCR coronavirus test no more than three days old. Anyone lacking the test would be denied entry. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano departs federal court, in Boston. Spain’s National Court on Friday Sept. 11, 2020, has condemned the former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. They ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s vice minister for public security during the country’s 1979-1992 civil war, was responsible for the 1989  “terrorist assassinations.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Spain imprisons ex-colonel for Jesuits slain in El Salvador

Sep. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain on Friday sentenced a former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. Spain’s National Court ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s...

Imprisoned gang members, wearing protective face masks, look out from behind bars during a media tour of the prison in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. President Nayib Bukele denied a report Friday that his government has been negotiating with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections in exchange for prison privileges. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador prosecutors search prisons in pact investigation

Sep. 7, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador said Monday they have searched two prisons to investigate whether the administration of President Nayib Bukele had negotiated with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador. Bukele has imposed some of the region's toughest measures against the new coronavirus and a growing number of human rights advocates at home and abroad complain the 38-year-old leader has used the emergency to seize near-dictatorial powers. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador president denies negotiating with gang

Sep. 4, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele denied a report Friday that his government has been negotiating with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections in exchange for prison privileges. The allegation is...