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2 teens are killed when a bedroom wall collapses after heavy rains on an island in El Salvador

Jun. 10, 2024 15:21 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Two teenagers were killed by a landslide during heavy rains early on Monday, when their bedroom wall collapsed on an island in El Salvador, authorities said. The landslide took place on the Meanguera del Golfo island in the Gulf of Fonseca. The...

US dampens criticism of El Salvador's president as migration overtakes democracy concerns

Jun. 01, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In 2021, the Biden administration turned down a meeting request with El Salvador's president, Nayib Bukele, on a trip to Washington, snubbing the self-proclaimed “world's coolest dictator” for fear a photo op would embolden his attempts to expand his power...

El Salvador says it foiled a plot to plant bombs on the day of President Bukele's inauguration

May. 31, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador said authorities have broken up a plot to plant bombs around the country to coincide with President Nayib Bukele’s inauguration on Saturday. The country’s National Police said the plot involved “veterans” of the country’s...

El Salvador says authorities have broken up a plot to plant bombs ahead of President Nayib Bukele’s inauguration

May. 31, 2024 11:48 AM EDT
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador says authorities have broken up a plot to plant bombs ahead of President Nayib Bukele’s inauguration.

El Salvador's congress approves changes to reform constitution, a move critics call anti-democratic

Apr. 29, 2024 22:15 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — El Salvador's Congress, which is controlled by President Nayib Bukele New Ideas party, on Monday approved a change to an article of the Constitution to facilitate larger constitutional reforms without having to wait until after the election of a new legislature. ...

Loved ones await recovery of 2 bodies from Baltimore bridge wreckage a month after the collapse

Apr. 26, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A wooden cross is laden with Miguel Luna’s personal belongings — his construction uniform and work boots, a family photo, the flag of his native El Salvador — but his body remains missing after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. More than a month...

Ecuadorians vote overwhelmingly in referendum to approve toughening fight against gangs

Apr. 22, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s fledgling president got a resounding victory Sunday in a referendum that he touted as a way to crack down on criminal gangs behind a spiraling wave of violence. An official quick count showed that Ecuadorians overwhelmingly voted “yes” to all...

El Salvador's Bukele releases father of soccer player from prison after son's plea on social media

Apr. 17, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele released the father of a Salvadoran soccer player from prison after the athlete published a plea for his release on social media, authorities confirmed on Wednesday. Marcelo “El Chiky” Díaz, who plays for El Salvador's...

Man gets 37-year sentence for kidnapping FBI employee in South Dakota

Apr. 16, 2024 12:19 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — One of three people convicted of carjacking and kidnapping an FBI employee in South Dakota has been sentenced to 37 years in prison. Juan Alvarez-Sorto, 25, was sentenced Friday in federal court, the Rapid City Journal reported. Alvarez-Sorto and Deyvin...

MS-13 gang member pleads guilty in killing of 4 young men on Long Island in 2017

Apr. 03, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member has admitted to participating in the brutal killing of four young men on Long Island in 2017. Edwin Rodriguez, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering charges in connection with the April 11, 2017, deaths of Justin Llivicura,...