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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mexican leader says Biden offers $4B for Central America

Jan. 23, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first calls to foreign leaders went to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors. Mexico's president said Saturday that Biden...

Settlement in racial bias case includes sheriff's apology

Jan. 21, 2021 5:17 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Latina immigrant who said her detention during a traffic stop fit a pattern of racially discriminatory policing in a Maryland county has reached a $125,000 settlement that includes a written apology from the county's sheriff, her attorneys said Thursday. In his apology to Sara...

A woman pulls her empty oxygen tank to the line of people waiting outside a shop that refills them in the Villa El Salvador shantytown of Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The store is limited to refilling 20 tanks a day. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Search for oxygen tank refills routine for Peruvians

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

VILLA EL SALVADOR, Peru (AP) — In the middle of what was once a sandy desert, on the outskirts of Peru’s capital, a new routine has emerged for many of the residents of the densely populated city of Villa El Salvador. With the lives of friends or relatives at stake because of the new coronavirus,...

Remittances to El Salvador rebound after early pandemic drop

Jan. 18, 2021 7:19 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The money sent home to El Salvador by migrants plunged 40% at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but then recovered to end 2020 at a record high of $5.92 billion, authorities said Monday. The country’s central bank said the figure was 4.8% higher than in 2019, or...

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...