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¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 193rdYear of Independence

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 193rdYear of Independence

Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 193-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. The fight for independence started in 1811 with numerous uprisings against Spanish rule and concluded in 1821 when El Salvador declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. continue reading »

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

Spanish Priest Gets Suspended Sentence in El Salvador Gang Case

A Spanish priest who pleaded guilty to aiding gang members in El Salvador was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison, but will not have to spend any time behind bars, a Salvadoran judicial spokesperson told Efe. continue reading »

Honduras Raises Flag on Disputed Island, Angers El Salvador

Honduras Raises Flag on Disputed Island, Angers El Salvador

The Salvadoran government spoke out on Thursday to criticize the ceremonial raising of the Honduran flag on a Pacific island claimed by both nations. continue reading »

Spanish Priest Confesses to Aiding Gangs in El Salvador

Spanish Priest Confesses to Aiding Gangs in El Salvador

Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez, in custody for the past month, has confessed to aiding Salvadoran street gangs and agreed to collaborate with the law in order to speed up his trial, El Salvador's attorney general, Luis Martinez, said. continue reading »

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 »