Latest El Salvador News

Biden vows US won't walk away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

Sep. 22, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the full force of the federal government is ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona, while Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces prepared for a major blast from the Category 4 storm. ...

7 killed in landslides in El Salvador after days of rain

Sep. 22, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — At least seven people have been killed in landslides in El Salvador following four days of heavy rains across the country, Civil Defense authorities said Thursday. Two people died in Panchimalco about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of the capital...

Live updates: UN General Assembly

Sep. 20, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly's annual high-level meeting (all times EDT): 8:25 p.m. El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has told the U.N. General Assembly that wealthy countries should help — or at least not block...

El Salvador president re-election bid draws strong reaction

Sep. 16, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the hours since El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced he would seek re-election despite a constitutional ban, opinion quickly divided. Those who want to give more time to the man who has arrested more than 50,000 people in the past six...

US official: Tip, mom tracked murder suspect in El Salvador

Sep. 02, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tip along with the perseverance of the mother of a woman killed in San Diego in 2016 led to the arrest of her boyfriend, a U.S. Marine veteran who fled to El Salvador and was teaching English there, prosecutors said Friday at the arraignment of Raymond McLeod. ...

Suspect in 2016 San Diego killing captured in El Salvador

Aug. 31, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An Arizona man wanted for the killing of his girlfriend in San Diego in 2016 was captured in El Salvador, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Raymond McLeod, 37, who was on the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted list, was taken into custody Monday afternoon by local law...

El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested

Aug. 17, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — With 50,000 people locked up since late March for alleged gang ties, El Salvador’s congress has approved another month-long extension of the state of exception that suspends some fundamental rights in the name of combatting the country’s powerful gangs. ...

Reviving Mexico's groundbreaking muralism a century later

Aug. 10, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

POXINDEJE, Mexico (AP) — A painter in orange overalls touches up the image of a hand holding a rifle while an artist perched on scaffolding painstakingly places bits of colorful ceramic in a mosaic of a guerrilla fighter. The artists aren't just decorating a wall: Together, they...

Concern that Nicaragua repression could be "model" in region

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega’s government has closed seven radio stations owned by the Roman Catholic church this week, as well as two other outlets serving the largely rural northern area with a history of opposition to his Sandinista National Liberation Front party. ...

Salvadoran Archbishop praises government crackdown on gangs

Jul. 31, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Salvador said Sunday that most people support a months-long state of emergency that has rounded of tens of thousands of suspects in a crackdown on violent street gangs. While critics say the campaign has...