Latest Central America News

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

DHS leader says fewer than 1,000 family separations

Jul. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been...

Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing

Jul. 18, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says authorities have wasted no time in sending the convicted Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo to an ultra-high-security prison where he will serve a life sentence. Defense Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Thursday that Joaquin Guzman (hwah-KEEN' goos-MAHN') was whisked away by...

The Latest: Guatemalan man says he didn't shoot Iowa kids

Jul. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of a Des Moines woman and her two children. (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A Guatemalan man believed to be in the U.S. illegally has told an Iowa judge that he shot a woman in self-defense after she killed her two children. The Des Moines Register reports...

Circle K Mexico apologizes for "sexist" Secretary Day ad

Jul. 18, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Circle K Mexico is apologizing for an ad on "Secretary Day" promoting a deal on chocolate, red wine and condoms. The convenience store brand said in a Wednesday statement that it did not intend to "promote any stereotype" and highlighted its "promise to be a business that doesn't...

Mexican to seek return of "Chapo" Guzman's drug money

Jul. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president said Thursday he will use legal channels to try to get the fortune of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman returned to Mexico. "I think that everything that is confiscated and has to do with Mexico must be returned to Mexico," López Obrador said at his...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $3...

Facing Trump's tariffs, some companies move, change or wait

Jul. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking loopholes in trade law or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump's sweeping tariffs on goods from China. But most of...

Facing Trump's tariffs, some companies move, change or wait

Jul. 18, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking loopholes in trade law or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump's sweeping tariffs on goods from China. But most of...

10 arrested during sit-in protest at ICE headquarters in DC

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters angered by the federal detainment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border blocked access to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C., and staged a sit-in. News outlets reports at least 10 sit-in demonstrators were arrested and charged with unlawful...