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US prosecutors: Jailed MS-13 bosses behind wave of violence

Jan. 14, 2021 4:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors announced terrorism charges Thursday against top MS-13 leaders imprisoned in El Salvador, accusing them of ordering killings and other crimes by the notorious street gang from behind bars. The directives by the 14 defendants — members of an illicit commission known...

FILE - In this June 1, 2009 file photo, on his last day as president of El Salvador, Tony Saca and his wife, Ana Ligia de Saca, arrive to the inauguration ceremony for the new president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, in San Salvador. A court in El Salvador found ex-President Tony Saca guilty and his wife, Ana Ligia de Saca, guilty of illicit enrichment Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, and ordered them to repay the government $4.4 million. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Salvador court convicts ex-president of illicit enrichment

Jan. 5, 2021 7:25 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador found ex-President Tony Saca guilty and his wife, Ana Ligia de Saca, guilty of illicit enrichment Tuesday and ordered them to repay the government $4.4 million. The ruled that Saca could not explain the origin of $6.5 million in income he made while...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, armed Special Forces soldiers of the Salvadoran Army, following orders of President Nayib Bukele, enter congress upon the arrival of lawmakers, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Opposition lawmakers recommended on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, that President Bukele dismiss the director of the National Police and the chief of the armed forces, because of serious human rights violations that occurred when the armed forces entered congress. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

US cuts military aid to El Salvador amid intense lobbying

Dec. 28, 2020 7:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. is slashing foreign military aid to El Salvador despite staunchly pro-American President Nayib Bukele’s intense lobbying in Washington to counter criticism he has taken his country down an authoritarian path. Tucked into the omnibus spending bill signed Sunday by President...

US reaches pact to send asylum-seekers to El Salvador

Dec. 15, 2020 7:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it signed an agreement with El Salvador's government to send asylum-seekers who reach U.S. borders to the Central American nation with an opportunity to seek protection there instead. The agreement is modeled on arrangements that the U.S. has...

2 charged with stealing ventilators headed to El Salvador

Dec. 12, 2020 4:10 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida men are facing federal charges that allege they stole nearly 200 ventilators the United States was shipping to El Salvador to help the Central American country treat coronavirus patients. Yoelvis Hernandez and Luis Montero stole a trailer containing 192 ventilators from a Palm...

U.S. forward Ayo Akinola, on ground, scores a goal against El Salvador during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Mueller scores twice, US routs El Salvador 6-0 in exhibition

Dec. 9, 2020 11:11 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. soccer team ended a pandemic-shortened year with a blowout that raised confidence heading into a busy 2021 highlighted by the first eight World Cup qualifiers jammed into an 11-week span. Chris Mueller had two goals and two assists in his international debut, Ayo...

Akinola, Mueller, Araujo debut for US vs El Savador

Dec. 9, 2020 7:10 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Forwards Ayo Akinola and Chris Mueller were set to make their U.S. national team debuts in an exhibition against El Salvador on Wednesday night along with defender Julian Araujo. They will raise the total to 32 debuts since Gregg Berhalter became coach in January 2019 and 55...

FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved during an immigration rally outside the White House, in Washington.  The Trump administration says it'll allow migrants from six countries to extend their legal U.S. residency under a temporary status for nine months while courts consider its effort to end the program. President Donald Trump has long sought to terminate the program, which allows migrants from countries devastated by war or natural disaster to legally live in the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has promised “an immediate review

Migrants in US on temporary status get 9-month extension

Dec. 9, 2020 10:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will allow migrants from six countries to extend their legal U.S. residency under a temporary status for nine months while courts consider its effort to end the program. President Donald Trump has long sought to terminate the program, which...

Soto added to US roster after Netherlands suspension

Dec. 5, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Forward Sebastian Soto has been added to the U.S. roster for Wednesday's exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 20-year-old forward from San Diego is on loan from Norwich in England's second tier to Telstar in the Netherlands' second tier. He has six goals in nine matches this season in...

FILE - This Oct., 3, 2020, file photo shows Dortmund's Giovanni Reyna watching during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and SC Freiburg in Dortmund, Germany. Borussia Dortmund said Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, that the 18-year-old Reyna, the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga, signed a new deal through June 2025. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

US to start revised WCup qualifying schedule in September

Dec. 4, 2020 7:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States will start a revised and compacted World Cup qualifying schedule with a match in early September that could be at Trinidad and Tobago, which beat the Americans in October 2017 to eliminate them from the 2018 tournament in Russia. Qualifying was to have began for the...