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Police Implicated In Prison Breakout of Gang Members

Police Implicated In Prison Breakout of Gang Members

Fourteen gang members escaped from a police station in El Salvador, although six of them were recaptured, and seven police officers have been arrested for their possible involvement in the breakout, police director Rigoberto Pleites said Sunday. continue reading »

Gang Violence in El Salvador on Rise, In Spite of Two-Year-Old Truce

Gang Violence in El Salvador on Rise, In Spite of Two-Year-Old Truce

Revenge among street gangs, despite a truce signed nearly two years ago, has increased violence in El Salvador over the past few weeks, the country's justice minister acknowledged Tuesday. continue reading »

El Salvador Presidential Election Results in Runoff

El Salvador Presidential Election Results in Runoff

Provisional results show no candidate won the required absolute majority in El Salvador's presidential election, though the TSE electoral board has yet to officially announce a runoff between the top two finishers in the five-person field. continue reading »

‘MS-13’ Salvadoran Gang Member Arrested Trying to Enter U.S. Illegally

‘MS-13’ Salvadoran Gang Member Arrested Trying to Enter U.S. Illegally

Last week, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States. continue reading »

Salvadoran Gangs Attack Church Bus, at Least 2 Minors Die

Salvadoran Gangs Attack Church Bus, at Least 2 Minors Die

At least two minors were killed and three other people wounded when suspected gang members attacked a bus in El Salvador, prosecutors said Sunday. continue reading »

Failed Robbery Ends in 3 Deaths in El Salvador

Failed Robbery Ends in 3 Deaths in El Salvador

At least two criminals and a passenger were killed Tuesday during an attempted robbery on a bus in central El Salvador, police said. continue reading »

El Salvador Murder Rate Declines, Gang Truce Attributed to Less Violence

El Salvador Murder Rate Declines, Gang Truce Attributed to Less Violence

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said Monday that the drop in murders this year shows that the prevailing gang truce "has not failed," while noting that this was not a strategy of his government. continue reading »

28 Bodies Discovered at Hidden Burial Ground in El Salvador

28 Bodies Discovered at Hidden Burial Ground in El Salvador

Four more bodies have been found in the hidden burial ground that was discovered in El Salvador last month, bringing the total number to 28, the country's justice minister said Wednesday. continue reading »

El Salvador Modernizing Country’s Only Commercial Airport at $490M Cost

El Salvador Modernizing Country’s Only Commercial Airport at $490M Cost

The modernization of El Salvador International Airport, the country's only commercial air terminal, will require an investment of over $490 million over the next 18 years, the government said Monday. continue reading »

Authorities Investigate Clandestine Grave Containing 24 Bodies in El Salvador

Authorities Investigate Clandestine Grave Containing 24 Bodies in El Salvador

At least 24 bodies have been found at a clandestine burial ground in El Salvador, where investigators suspect there may be 20 more bodies, all believed to be victims of street gangs, officials said. continue reading »

U.S. to Provide $98.5 Million in Financing for Latin American Small Businesses

U.S. to Provide $98.5 Million in Financing for Latin American Small Businesses

The U.S. government through the State Department will make available $98.5 in financing for small-to-medium sizes businesses in Latin America. continue reading »

Experts Say Toxic Algae Responsible for 233 Turtle Deaths in El Salvador

Experts Say Toxic Algae Responsible for 233 Turtle Deaths in El Salvador

At least 233 turtles have died along El Salvador's coast, most of them since last September, after ingesting "toxic algae" at sea, the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry, or MARN, said Tuesday. continue reading »

Another Political Party Member Slained in El Salvador

Another Political Party Member Slained in El Salvador

The leader of the right-win ARENA party in the western province of Sonsonate and a member of his family were slain Monday by unknown persons, Salvadoran authorities said. continue reading »

Salvadoran Migrants Rescued in Mexico after Smugglers Abandon Them

Salvadoran Migrants Rescued in Mexico after Smugglers Abandon Them

Agents of Mexico's INM immigration agency rescued 16 Salvadoran migrants who were abandoned by traffickers in the southern border state of Chiapas. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 192nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-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. continue reading »