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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 »

El Salvador’s President-Elect Says U.S. Anti-Drug Outpost to Remain

El Salvador’s President-Elect Says U.S. Anti-Drug Outpost to Remain

The former leftist guerrilla set to become El Salvador's president on June 1 said Wednesday that he told Washington that his government will maintain the U.S. counternarcotics monitoring post in the Central American nation. continue reading »

Former President of El Salvador Charged with Corruption and Embezzlement

Former President of El Salvador Charged with Corruption and Embezzlement

Former President Francisco Flores has been formally charged with embezzlement and other corruption-related offenses, El Salvador's attorney general said Wednesday. continue reading »

El Salvador Claims Los Zetas Mexican Drug Cartel Arming Its Gangs

El Salvador Claims Los Zetas Mexican Drug Cartel Arming Its Gangs

Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent drug cartel, is providing rifles to El Salvador's gangs, Security Minister Ricardo Perdomo said. continue reading »

Salvadoran Gang Members Killed After Being Released from Prison

Salvadoran Gang Members Killed After Being Released from Prison

Three people accused of belonging to a gang and a taxi driver who was transporting them were murdered Monday by unknown gunmen after the young men were released from a police station near San Salvador, a police official said. continue reading »

Salvadoran Inmate Murders Girlfriend During Conjugal Visit

Salvadoran Inmate Murders Girlfriend During Conjugal Visit

A convict serving time at Metapan prison murdered his girlfriend during a conjugal visit, a spokesman for the Salvadoran Attorney General's Office told Efe Wednesday. continue reading »

El Salvador Highway Accident Leaves 8 Dead, 32 Injured

El Salvador Highway Accident Leaves 8 Dead, 32 Injured

At least eight people died and 32 were injured when the truck in which they were riding, which was being driven by a minor, flipped over near a town in central El Salvador, a municipal official said Sunday. continue reading »

El Salvador Questions Honduran Heliport on Disputed Island

El Salvador Questions Honduran Heliport on Disputed Island

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes sent a formal protest to Honduran counterpart Juan Orlando Hernandez on Wednesday to protest Honduras' construction of a heliport on a Pacific island claimed by both nations. continue reading »

Left-Leaning Candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren Confirmed President of El Salvador

Left-Leaning Candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren Confirmed President of El Salvador

El Salvador's TSE electoral tribunal officially proclaimed the candidate of the ruling leftist FMLN as the winner of the March 9 presidential runoff. continue reading »

Salvadoran Castaway in Mexico to Meet with Shipmate’s Family

Salvadoran Castaway in Mexico to Meet with Shipmate’s Family

Salvadoran fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who says he spent over a year adrift at sea, returned to the Mexican state of Chiapas where he set sail on his odyssey, to meet with the family of his shipmate Ezequiel Cordova who died at sea. continue reading »