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In El Salvador, army surrounds town to root out gang

Oct. 02, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — More than 2,000 soldiers and police surrounded and closed off a town in El Salvador Sunday in order to search for street gang members accused in a killing. The large-scale encirclement of the town of Comasagua is the latest example of heavy-handed...

2 children swept away in rain-swollen gully in El Salvador

Sep. 28, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Two children drowned in eastern El Salvador after being swept away in a rain-swollen gully on their way home from school. El Salvador’s Civil Defense agency said a third child was rescued and taken to a hospital for medical attention. Residents of...

Biden vows US won't walk away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

Sep. 22, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the full force of the federal government is ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona, while Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces prepared for a major blast from the Category 4 storm. ...

7 killed in landslides in El Salvador after days of rain

Sep. 22, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — At least seven people have been killed in landslides in El Salvador following four days of heavy rains across the country, Civil Defense authorities said Thursday. Two people died in Panchimalco about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of the capital...

El Salvador president re-election bid draws strong reaction

Sep. 16, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the hours since El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced he would seek re-election despite a constitutional ban, opinion quickly divided. Those who want to give more time to the man who has arrested more than 50,000 people in the past six...

El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested

Aug. 17, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — With 50,000 people locked up since late March for alleged gang ties, El Salvador’s congress has approved another month-long extension of the state of exception that suspends some fundamental rights in the name of combatting the country’s powerful gangs. ...

Reviving Mexico's groundbreaking muralism a century later

Aug. 10, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

POXINDEJE, Mexico (AP) — A painter in orange overalls touches up the image of a hand holding a rifle while an artist perched on scaffolding painstakingly places bits of colorful ceramic in a mosaic of a guerrilla fighter. The artists aren't just decorating a wall: Together, they...

Salvadoran Archbishop praises government crackdown on gangs

Jul. 31, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Salvador said Sunday that most people support a months-long state of emergency that has rounded of tens of thousands of suspects in a crackdown on violent street gangs. While critics say the campaign has...

El Salvador extends state of exception in gang crackdown

Jul. 20, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress has granted President Nayib Bukele another 30-day extension of the state of exception that has suspended fundamental rights since a surge in gang killings in late March. The Legislative Assembly, controlled by Bukele’s...