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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...

USAID chief speaks of fragility of democracy in El Salvador

Jun. 14, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Weeks after announcing that U.S. aid to El Salvador would be steered away from government institutions because of “deep concerns” over the ousting of judges and the attorney general, the director of the U.S. development agency delivered a message about...

At El Salvador's Bitcoin Beach, a glimpse of crypto economy

Jun. 11, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

EL ZONTE, El Salvador (AP) — After El Salvador’s congress made the bitcoin legal tender this week, eyes turned to this rural fishing village on the Pacific coast. Known to surfers for its pounding waves, El Zonte has had the cryptocurrency in its economy for the past year. ...

El Salvador makes Bitcoin legal tender

Jun. 09, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first nation to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference. The...

El Salvador president wants Bitcoin as legal tender

Jun. 06, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced in a recorded message played at a Bitcoin conference in Miami that next week he will send proposed legislation to the country's congress that would make the cryptocurrency legal tender in the Central American...

US urging Central America to tackle poverty, corruption

Jun. 02, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to entice Central American nations to tackle the corruption and poverty that have helped drive a surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border and presented an early challenge for the Biden administration. ...

US steers El Salvador funding away from government

May. 21, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The United States Agency for International Development will redirect its funding from El Salvador's state institutions to its civil society groups as tensions rise between the two governments over the Central American country's removal of Supreme Court...

New England Pats give flight to China's vaccine diplomacy

May. 21, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The New England Patriots' team plane has delivered 500,000 Chinese-made COVID vaccines to El Salvador — and in the process inadvertently inserted itself into a testy, geopolitical fight for influence in Latin America. The “Pats Plane” was greeted upon...

US report: Allies of El Salvador's president deemed corrupt

May. 18, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Allies of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, including his Cabinet chief, have been included in a list of senior officials in Central America deemed corrupt by the U.S. State Department, according to a copy of a report obtained by The Associated Press. The...

El Salvador donates vaccine to desperate Honduras towns

May. 13, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's president sent 34,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to seven towns in Honduras on Thursday, responding to video pleas from their mayors posted to social media. The small-scale diplomacy by President Nayib Bukele raised...