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El Salvador Arrests the 9th of 15 Mara Salvatrucha Gang Leaders

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced Wednesday the arrest of the ninth of 15 leaders of the violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) in...

‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s story

Jonathan is one of more than 800 Salvadorans who have requested asylum in Costa Rica so far this year. This is the story of why he left.

US puts heads of El Salvador MS-13 gang on sanctions list

The U.S. Treasury accused two top figures in the notorious gang of orchestrating assassinations against officials.

El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence

According to the authorities, 23 policemen and six members of the military have been killed by gangs this year. A total of 1,194 people were killed in El Salvador between January 1 to April 5, according to official estimates.

As gang violence surges, El Salvador fears bloody war

The recent uptick in killings underscores the breakdown in a truce the gangs declared in March 2012, which was brokered by the Catholic Church with behind-the-scenes help from then president Mauricio Funes.

In San Salvador everyone has to pay the gangs

In March, the government passed an anti-extortion law that, among other measures, forbids companies from supplying cellphone signals near jails. Under the new law, a phone company who breaks the law is subject to a fine of $753,000 per day of continued infraction.

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.

El Salvador’s El Faro: Chronicling a region that doesn’t count

Central America is a region rife with problems of inequality, political corruption, weak institutions, poverty, displaced and marginalized populations, and a history of violence. Two journalists who are part of a group of fellow scribes who spent several years looking at those issues and trying to understand them have compiled enough stories to turn them into a book.

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