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House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

El Salvador sentences gang members; murder rate dropping

Aug. 16, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's justice minister says the country's homicide rate has fallen to about 4.4 killings a day since June, about half of 2018 levels. The country of 6.5 million people recorded 3,340 killings in 2018, or about nine a day. The bloodiest year of 2015 saw 6,425...

Salvadoran woman accused of abortion faces retrial

Aug. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

CIUDAD DELGADO, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman charged with homicide in El Salvador after delivering a baby into a toilet faced trial a second time Thursday. The retrial of Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, whose pregnancy resulted from a rape, began in this town 2½ miles (4 kilometers) northeast of...

5.9 quake hits coast of El Salvador, no damages or injuries

Jul. 31, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake has shaken the coast of El Salvador, drawing terrified residents out of their homes, but there were no reports of damage or injuries on Wednesday. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele tweeted that "the government and the civil protection system is...

She advocates for the 'forgotten': Salvadorans in US jails

Jul. 31, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Carlos thought his life was over when in 1993 a Los Angeles judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison for murder. But after more than two decades at the Correctional Training Facility in California, commonly known as Soledad State Prison, he was visited by a fellow...

Fugitive Salvadoran ex-president given Nicaragua citizenship

Jul. 30, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua granted citizenship Tuesday to former Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who has been in the country under political asylum since 2016 and is wanted back home on allegations of illicit enrichment and embezzlement. The decision by President Daniel Ortega's government,...

Teen mom, newborn eye new life from Tijuana migrant shelter

Jul. 22, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The tiny, month-old boy slept soundly on the bottom bunk, seemingly undisturbed by the squealing Central American toddlers running by and a kitten leaping from the neighboring bed. About 25 people sleep in the cinderblock room crammed with seven bunkbeds at a Tijuana shelter...

Mexico tree plan in El Salvador aims to stem migration

Jul. 19, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexico is bringing to El Salvador a tree-planting program that aims to support rural residents and ease economic pressures driving thousands of people to leave for the United States. The program known as "Sowing Life" offers farmers $250 a month to plant fruit or timber...

El Salvador files graft charges against ex-justice minister

Jul. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday accused a former minister of justice and public security of illicit enrichment and said they are seeking restitution of over $1 million in allegedly misappropriated government funds. The case against René Mario Figueroa also targets his wife,...

Correction: El Salvador-Massacre story

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a story July 18 about new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two military officers were killed in 1984 when the helicopter in which they were flying was fired on by guerrillas. It was blown up by...