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Central American Coffee Rust Fungus Contributes to Region’s Migration

Central American Coffee Rust Fungus Contributes to Region’s Migration

Oralia Lopez had a brother leave for the United States in 2013. He had given up on eking out a living in El Salvador's coffee country, where a fungus known as coffee rust wiped out crops and caused hardship and hunger. He arrived in the Washington, D.C., area, home to many Salvadoran migrants, and started sending home remittances. continue reading »

Housekeeper and Two Accomplices Murder Judge and Wife in El Salvador

Housekeeper and Two Accomplices Murder Judge and Wife in El Salvador

Salvadoran authorities arrested a female housekeeper and two alleged accomplices for their suspected participation in the murder of a judge and his wife, Attorney General Luis Martinez and other sources said Tuesday. continue reading »

El Salvador Charges Spanish Priest with Assisting Gangs

El Salvador Charges Spanish Priest with Assisting Gangs

A Spanish priest was arrested in El Salvador and charged with allegedly smuggling banned items to gang members behind bars, the police said Wednesday. continue reading »

Spanish Priest Arrested in El Salvador For Aiding Gangs

Spanish Priest Arrested in El Salvador For Aiding Gangs

A Spanish priest was arrested in El Salvador and charged with allegedly smuggling banned items to gang members behind bars, the police said Wednesday. continue reading »

5 Dead in Violent Incidents in El Salvador

5 Dead in Violent Incidents in El Salvador

A total of five people were shot to death in two separate incidents on Sunday in western El Salvador, the Attorney General's Office, or FGR, said. continue reading »

Robbers Carrying Toy Guns Killed in El Salvador

Robbers Carrying Toy Guns Killed in El Salvador

Two gang members carrying what turned out to be toy guns were fatally shot Friday while trying to rob passengers on a bus, Salvadoran authorities. continue reading »

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family -- Melen continue reading »

El Salvador: Three Pre-Columbian Burials Discovered

El Salvador: Three Pre-Columbian Burials Discovered

The secrets of the Salvadoran archaeological site Nueva Esperanza, hidden for centuries under the ashes of the ancient Ilopango volcano, have emerged to the light of day with the discovery of three pre-Columbian burials. continue reading »

Anthropologists Discover 3 Skeletons At Least 1,600 Years Old in El Salvador

Anthropologists Discover 3 Skeletons At Least 1,600 Years Old in El Salvador

Three skeletons some 1,600 years old, two of them in a seated position with their legs crossed, were discovered in El Salvador by Japanese and Salvadoran anthropologists, officials said. continue reading »

2 Inmates Murdered in Salvadoran Prison

2 Inmates Murdered in Salvadoran Prison

Two men serving time for homicide at a prison in northeastern El Salvador were murdered, authorities said. Manuel Enrique Rodriguez Molina, 37, and Miguel Armando de Paz Orellana, 30, both belonged to the Mara Salvatrucha gang, according to information from prosecutors and prison officials. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Second Police Officer Dies in As Many Days in El Salvador

Blog del Narco: Second Police Officer Dies in As Many Days in El Salvador

A Salvadoran police officer was gunned down Thursday by gang members, the second such killing in two days, the Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

Former Guerilla Commander Sworn in as Next President of El Salvador

Former Guerilla Commander Sworn in as Next President of El Salvador

Former guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren on Sunday was sworn in as president of El Salvador for the second consecutive five-year mandate of the FMLN, an ex-guerrilla movement and current political party. continue reading »

Report: Parts of Central America More Dangerous Than War Zones

Report: Parts of Central America More Dangerous Than War Zones

The levels of lethal violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are greater than in some countries suffering armed conflict, a report released in Geneva Wednesday concludes. continue reading »

El Salvador President Acknowledges 2-Year Old Gang Truce has Collapsed

El Salvador President Acknowledges 2-Year Old Gang Truce has Collapsed

The gang truce that cut the number of murders in El Salvador by half for nearly two years has collapsed, outgoing President Mauricio Funes acknowledged Monday with less than a week left in his five-year mandate. continue reading »

Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop's hoped-for beatification. Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters May 18 that he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the pope at the Vatican May 9 continue reading »