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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Mateo Barrera, 4, originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles. The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that had blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries. People from El Salvador would be most affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Sep. 14, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn't take...

A Salvadoran businesswoman, who is one of the applicants of a small refugee program that was shut down by President Donald Trump, shows documents of the many times she has reported robberies and extortions, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. She said she was terrified when she began receiving death threats in 2013. Men with tattoos would come to a car wash she used to own to demand

Central American refugees stopped by Trump, then by pandemic

Sep. 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — After years of waiting in countries marred by violence, Central Americans who were finally cleared to reunite with their families in the U.S. are facing a major obstacle: the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 338 — or 12% — of 2,700 people approved to come to the U.S. through a...

A vendor hawks protective face masks as he walks along Gerardo Barrios Square in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador to require negative COVID test to enter country

Sep. 12, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador said Saturday it plans to reopen airports for international flights starting Sept. 19, but with a twist: incoming passengers will be required to show a negative PCR coronavirus test no more than three days old. Anyone lacking the test would be denied entry. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano departs federal court, in Boston. Spain’s National Court on Friday Sept. 11, 2020, has condemned the former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. They ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s vice minister for public security during the country’s 1979-1992 civil war, was responsible for the 1989  “terrorist assassinations.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Spain imprisons ex-colonel for Jesuits slain in El Salvador

Sep. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain on Friday sentenced a former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. Spain’s National Court ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s...

Imprisoned gang members, wearing protective face masks, look out from behind bars during a media tour of the prison in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. President Nayib Bukele denied a report Friday that his government has been negotiating with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections in exchange for prison privileges. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador prosecutors search prisons in pact investigation

Sep. 7, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador said Monday they have searched two prisons to investigate whether the administration of President Nayib Bukele had negotiated with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador. Bukele has imposed some of the region's toughest measures against the new coronavirus and a growing number of human rights advocates at home and abroad complain the 38-year-old leader has used the emergency to seize near-dictatorial powers. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador president denies negotiating with gang

Sep. 4, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele denied a report Friday that his government has been negotiating with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder rate and win their support in mid-term elections in exchange for prison privileges. The allegation is...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele delivers his speech to the newly inducted members of the armed forces at Gerardo Barrios square in front of the National Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador. A senior U.S. official quietly told El Salvador's government in a  letter that anti-poverty assistance from Washington is at risk over Bukele's defiance of his country's supreme court and congress. With Congress considering whether to extend a Sept. 9 deadline for spending the U.S. aid, the criticism reflects growing concerns among mainly Democratic lawmakers that Bukele is taking his country down an authoritarian path, such as his use of troops to intimidate legislators and his rejection of high court ruling against tough pandemic restrictions. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

US official warns El Salvador's president that aid at risk

Sep. 3, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A senior U.S. official quietly told El Salvador's government that anti-poverty assistance from Washington is at risk over President Nayib Bukele's defiance of his country's supreme court and congress, The Associated Press has learned. The rare rebuke from the Trump administration — one...

A flower crown vendor waits in her boat for revelers passing in colorfully painted wooden boats known as trajineras at the Nuevo Nativitas dock, as it opens once again to tourists and revelers amidst the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Though traffic was light on the first day back after being closed for several months, gondoliers, handicraft sellers, and food and drink vendors said they were happy to be back at work and to have the chance to earn some money. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Pandemic's effect on remittances to Latin America varied

Aug. 31, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the COVID-19 pandemic froze the United States economy, not all Latin American immigrants living there were affected equally, a look at the money they sent back to their birthplaces reveals. While remittances for the first six months of 2020 were lower than the same period in 2019 for...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador. Bukele has imposed some of the region's toughest measures against the new coronavirus and a growing number of human rights advocates at home and abroad complain the 38-year-old leader has used the emergency to seize near-dictatorial powers. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador hires, then fires, lobbyist booming under Trump

Aug. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — El Salvador’s government signed a $450,000 contract to hire a well-connected Washington lobbyist — only to immediately back away from the deal — as President Nayib Bukele, a strong Trump ally, has come under criticism that his popular polices mask an authoritarian streak,...

File-Trinidad and Tobago's Shahdon Winchester, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the U.S. at their World Cup qualifying match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.  The United States could start qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Trinidad, where the Americans flopped on the final night three years ago and failed to reach the 2018 tournament.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

US could open WCup qualifying in Trinidad, site of '17 loss

Aug. 19, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States could start qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Trinidad, where the Americans flopped on the final night three years ago and failed to reach the 2018 tournament. “We know what happened last time around, and it could just be an opportunity for us to go out, start...