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El Salvador extends special powers to combat gangs

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress voted Tuesday to extend for a third time the state of exception that has suspended some fundamental rights and led to the arrests of more than 4...

US diplomat in El Salvador critical of government leaves job

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The United States’ top diplomat in El Salvador announced Monday that she is leaving the post, adding that the government of President Nayib Bukele “is showing no inter...

El Salvador sends troops, police into streets amid killings

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Combined patrols of soldiers and police fanned out across El Salvador's capital Thursday after a spate of killings left about 30 people dead in two days. ...

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

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 wav...

El Salvador's long-dominant parties in crisis after drubbing

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Saúl Meléndez, a former fighter during El Salvador’s civil war, was for years a loyal member of the leftist political party formed by his fellow ex-guerrillas after th...

Outrage grows over police custody death in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Outrage grew in Mexico and El Salvador fueled by bystander video of a Salvadoran woman dying in police custody in the Caribbean resort of Tulum, an event President Andrés Manuel Lóp...

El Salvador election could remake political landscape

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In the two years since President Nayib Bukele won a stunning victory over El Salvador’s established political parties, the hold that the opposition maintained on the c...

El Salvador opposition reverses proposal to oust president

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — One day after El Salvador’s main opposition parties indicated their willingness to start a process that could oust President Nayib Bukele two weeks before national ele...

El Salvador opposition proposes president's removal

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in El Salvador on Tuesday proposed starting a process that could lead to the removal of President Nayib Bukele from office just two weeks before h...

Human rights body calls on El Salvador to protect reporters

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — An investigative news outlet in El Salvador said Friday that a decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights confirming it has been the victim of harassmen...

Push within El Salvador to advance priest massacre case

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For years, attempts within El Salvador to investigate and prosecute the masterminds of a massacre of six Jesuit priests during that country’s civil war have been delay...

El Salvador president denies negotiating with gang

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele denied a report Friday that his government has been negotiating with one of the country’s most powerful gangs to lower the murder ra...

El Salvador waits for president, congress to act on pandemic

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — If El Salvador President Nayib Bukele and the country’s congress can’t reach an agreement in the next two weeks on how to regulate the country’s economic reopening ami...

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combin...

El Salvador arrests ex-defense minister for gang pact

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador arrested its former defense minister David Munguía Payé, alleging his involvement in a pact with the country’s principle gangs in 2012, officials announced...