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Deadly political attack in El Salvador a ‘setback’ for peace

El Salvador, still raw from a civil war that ended three decades ago, united to preserve peace in its upcoming elections after a deadly attack during the campaign. 

Costa Rica deports eight Salvadorans suspected of gang membership

Gangs are responsible for much of the criminal violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Costa Rica deports 14 Salvadorans suspected of gang membership

Per the Immigration Administration, some of the deported are fugitives from justice in El Salvador.

Violence picks up in Central America after brief truce due to COVID-19

The corpses in bags and under sheets reappeared on the streets of the Honduran capital, marking a spike in violence that affects northern Central America after a truce due to isolation to contain COVID-19 infections.

Solís touts Costa Rica’s treatment of migrants, refugees

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís spoke Monday at Washington D.C.'s Wilson Center about the country's growing role in hosting migrants and refugees.

Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official

Six months after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to expand options for Central Americans fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, those plans have yet to emerge.

El Salvador prison gang violence kills 14

The deaths underscore how gang violence has made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world. On Wednesday, police said there were at least 125 murders in just three days in the country, a staggering toll even by El Salvador's standards.

El Salvador on pace to become the hemisphere’s deadliest nation

In El Salvador, the homicide rate has spiked to its highest level in a decade, putting the tiny Central American nation on pace to become the most deadly country in the hemisphere. Since a 2012 truce between the two most powerful street gangs crumbled last year, violence has surged.

From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador

Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani, the former New York City mayor (1994-2001) credited with dramatically reducing crime in the Big Apple, is about to take on a major challenge: advising Salvadoran authorities on how to fight crime in their country.

Diplomat-turned-scholar Héctor Silva exposes police corruption in El Salvador

Nearly 20 years later, journalist, diplomat and now published author Héctor Silva Ávalos still cannot get that afternoon in late 1995 out of his head.

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