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El Salvador extends anti-gang emergency for another month

May. 25, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress granted a request Wednesday by President Nayib Bukele for a second extension of the country’s anti-gang emergency decree. The vote extends for 30 more days the state of emergency that was originally issued for one month...

6 migrants die, 25 injured in Mexico bus crash

May. 25, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico said Wednesday that six migrants were killed and 25 were injured after a bus they were riding in plunged through a guardrail and down an embankment. It was the latest in a series of deadly crashes and drownings of migrants in the...

Strong earthquake shakes south Mexico; no injuries reported

May. 25, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Wednesday, setting off alarms and driving anxious residents of Oaxaca into the street. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was 3 miles (5 kilometers) north-northeast of Santa María...

Mexico's economy grew 1% in 1st quarter

May. 25, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s economy grew 1% in the first three months of the year, accelerating somewhat after registering meager 0.2% growth in the previous quarter, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the government Wednesday. Compared to the first quarter of last...

Mexico: If raped, minors can abort without parents' consent

May. 24, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an underage girl can get an abortion without parental consent if she had been raped. The court ruled that it was not necessary to have filed a crime report about the rape; the victim only has to swear she was raped. ...

Ukrainian refugee camp in Mexico's capital to close

May. 24, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Organizers of a camp for Ukrainian refugees who had traveled to Mexico said Tuesday they will soon close it and discouraged Ukrainians still in Europe from traveling to Mexico as they try to enter the United States. Some 1,000 Ukrainians passed through the camp...

Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%

May. 24, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or...

Report: Mexico's immigration enforcement relies on military

May. 24, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s immigration enforcement is increasingly militarized with the armed forces and National Guard now accounting for more migrant detentions than immigration agents, according to a report published Tuesday by six nongovernmental organizations. The human...

11 killed in shooting attacks on 2 bars in Mexico

May. 24, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Eleven people, eight of them women, were killed in simultaneous shooting attacks on two bars in north-central Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. Handwritten signs left at the scenes of the killings suggested the attacks were part of a rivalry between two drug...

Indigenous leader, son killed in Nicaragua land invasion

May. 23, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A local Indigenous leader and his son died in a gunfight with land invaders who tried to run them off their land near Nicaragua's northern Caribbean coast, an environmental group said Monday. Tránsito Melgara, a leader in Sukatpin, a Miskito community in the Twi...