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Mechanics return to work three-months after a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The Legislative Assembly passed legislation early Friday that would extend a state of emergency in the country for another two weeks, but eliminate the nearly universal mandatory stay-at-home order except for those who tested positive for COVID-19 and those returning from abroad. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador loosens tightest pandemic restrictions in region

Jun. 16, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — After nearly three months of mandatory stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 in El Salvador, the most locked down country in Latin America slowly began opening Tuesday. That meant that 28-year-old auto mechanic Antonio Perdomo could go back to work on the...

Inocente Orlando Montano attends a trial in Madrid, Spain, Monday June 8 2020. Spain's National Court on Monday started the trial of two former Salvadoran military men for their alleged involvement in the massacre of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador's vice minister for public security during the country's 1979-1992 civil war, faces up to 150 years of imprisonment for the slays in 1989. (Kiko Huesca, EFE/Pool Photo via AP)

Spain begins trial for killings of 5 Jesuits in El Salvador

Jun. 8, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Court on Monday kicked off the trial of two former Salvadoran military men for their alleged involvement in the massacre of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s...

A man seeks to salvage some of his belongings from what used to be his home, destroyed by the waters of the Acelhuate River, in the New Israel Community of San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, May 31, 2020. According to the Ministry of the Interior at least seven people died across the country after two days of heavy rains. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Storm season adds to pandemic worries for Mexico, C. America

Jun. 4, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Weeks ago, civil defense officials in Mexico’s Tabasco state, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and now Tropical Storm Cristobal, asked health authorities for daily lists of infections in vulnerable communities. State civil defense chief Jorge Mier y Terán...

Vehicles stand damaged by the Acelhuate River after a flash flood at a neighborhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, May 31, 2020. According to the Ministry of the Interior, at least seven people died across the country after two days of heavy rains. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Tropical storm kills 17 in El Salvador and Guatemala

Jun. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Rains from Tropical Storm Amanda left at least 17 dead and seven missing while causing extensive damage across El Salvador and Guatemala that pushed thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic. EL Salvador Interior Minister Mario Durán said Monday...

The swollen Los Esclavos River flows violently under a bridge during tropical storm Amanda in Cuilapa, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in the flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Season's 1st tropical storm drenches part of Central America

May. 31, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. President Nayib Bukele decreed a 15-day state of emergency to deal with the rains that began...

A National Civil Police Special Forces officer patrols past a mural of Armando Bukele, father of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, which was painted by supporters of the president outside a cultural center as a thank you gesture for creating the center when he was mayor, during the enforcement of the coronavirus-related quarantine, in the Iberia area of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, April 23, 2020. When the coronavirus appeared, President Bukele closed the borders and airports and imposed a mandatory home quarantine for all except those working in the government, hospitals, pharmacies or other designated businesses. People were allowed out only to buy groceries, and violators were detained, with more than 2,000 being held for 30-day stints. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Salvadoran leader to file complaint against congress, courts

May. 21, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele is threatening to file a complaint with an international tribunal against El Salvador's other two branches of government in a fight over his harsh coronavirus confinement policies. Bukele wrote late Wednesday that he would take the issue to the Inter...

In this May 4, 2020 photo, men wearing protective face masks look out from a building where they are being held for violating a quarantine decreed by the government as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in San Salvador, El Salvador. The detained range from business executives returning from abroad to parents stopped by police while out to buy groceries. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador quarantine centers become points of contagion

May. 17, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the hemisphere’s toughest measures against the new coronavirus — closing his country’s borders, imposing a national quarantine and dispatching police and the army to detain violators. An...

People pass by wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as ride along a street in Beijing, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. China on Wednesday reported just two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

May. 7, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN increases amount of appeal to fight coronavirus to $6.7...