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AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

Nov. 14, 2019 7:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor. At issue is the case of a judge who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl’s genitals through her clothes on a street in San...

El Salvador orders expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats

Nov. 3, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan government diplomats, joining the U.S. and more than 50 other countries that have said opposition leader Juan Guaidó is Venezuela's rightful president. The Salvadoran government said late Saturday in a statement that...

El Salvador archbishop apologizes over priest sex abuse case

Nov. 3, 2019 3:41 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's top Roman Catholic cleric apologized Sunday for the alleged sexual abuse by a priest of an unidentified minor 25 years ago. "We have apologized to the victim and now I am repeating it publicly, and we also ask for forgiveness from the community for the scandal...

El Salvador begins mass trial of alleged MS-13 gang members

Oct. 8, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador on Tuesday began a mass trial of over 400 alleged gang members, including 17 purported leaders of the feared transnational crime group Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Sixteen suspects were in court while the rest watched via videoconference from prisons. Nearly 100...

Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Oct. 5, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy on Saturday, telling them they must show God's compassion to those who suffer to be faithful to their ministry. Francis presided over the ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, elevating churchmen who share his pastoral...

El Salvador busts police ring accused of dozens of killings

Sep. 30, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Authorities in El Salvador say they have broken up a criminal network involving police officers — including some elite forces — that allegedly carried out more than two dozen contract killings. Justice Minister Rogelio Rivas says 11 people were arrested in...