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El Salvador extends special powers to combat gangs

Jun. 21, 2022 23:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress voted Tuesday to extend for a third time the state of exception that has suspended some fundamental rights and led to the arrests of more than 41,000 people during the past three months. The government says the extraordinary...

Bitcoin-boosting Salvadoran leader asks for patience

Jun. 19, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Bitcoin-boosting president has asked people to be patient after the price of the cryptocurrency fell below $20,000 — less than half the price the government paid. According to the tracking site nayibtracker.com, El Salvador under...

Bitcoin-boosting Salvadoran leader may have second thoughts

Jun. 15, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Bitcoin-boosting president may be having second thoughts about the crypto-currency, whose value has tanked in recent weeks. According to the tracking site nayibtracker.com, El Salvador under President Nayib Bukele's administration...

Salvadoran leader rebuffs Blinken effort to bolster summit

Jun. 09, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the sort of diplomatic rebuff a small country like El Salvador generally can rarely afford to make. In the run-up to this week's Summit of Americas in Los Angeles, senior U.S. officials frantically worked the phones seeking to boost attendance amid threats...

Tackling migration, Harris backs investment in Latin America

Jun. 07, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris said Tuesday that the Biden administration's work to attract investment to Central America, part of the U.S. effort to reduce migration, has generated $3.2 billion in private-sector commitments. “We know the American people will...

A crackdown in El Salvador, and fears of arbitrary arrests

Jun. 02, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

LA LIMONERA, El Salvador (AP) — Esmeralda Domínguez was about 100 yards from home when soldiers and police blocked her on a small bridge. The authorities had waited there for hours. Dominguez, neighbors said, was the only person they stopped. Her aunt, who lived nearby,...

A crackdown in El Salvador, and fears of arbitrary arrests

Jun. 02, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

LA LIMONERA, El Salvador (AP) — Esmeralda Domínguez was about 100 yards from home when soldiers and police blocked her on a small bridge. The authorities had waited there for hours. Dominguez, neighbors said, was the only person they stopped. Her aunt, who lived nearby,...

Populist millionaire faces ex-rebel for Colombia presidency

May. 30, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro celebrated his first-round lead in Colombia's presidential election in the way most politicians would: in a conference room packed with hundreds of supporters as confetti rained down upon him. The man he'll meet in a June 19 runoff...

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...

Mexican leader meets with Salvador president amid crackdown

May. 06, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with his Salvadoran counterpart, Nayib Bukele, on Friday but did not mention rights complaints about El Salvador's massive roundup of suspected street gang members. The two leaders' approach to...