El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor. At issue is the case of a judge who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl’s genitals through her clothes on a street in San Salvador in […]

El Salvador orders expulsion of Venezuelan diplomats

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of Venezuelan government diplomats, joining the U.S. and more than 50 other countries that have said opposition leader Juan Guaidó is Venezuela’s rightful president. The Salvadoran government said late Saturday in a statement that the diplomats, who are loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolás […]

Human rights commission asks El Salvador for records

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked El Salvador on Saturday to turn over records related to the country’s civil war to the courts and victims of alleged human rights abuses. In a preliminary report following a recent visit to the country, the commission also requested that missing or […]

El Salvador asks Interpol to help detain ex-congress chief

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador asked Interpol to issue a red note detention order for Sigfrido Reyes, the former president of the country’s congress, and three other people on corruption allegations. The press office for the court in San Salvador confirmed Thursday that the decision came after a hearing […]

El Salvador archbishop apologizes over priest sex abuse case

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s top Roman Catholic cleric apologized Sunday for the alleged sexual abuse by a priest of an unidentified minor 25 years ago. “We have apologized to the victim and now I am repeating it publicly, and we also ask for forgiveness from the community for the scandal that […]

Drowned migrants return to El Salvador for burial on Monday

LA HACHADURA, El Salvador (AP) — The young father and daughter who drowned in each other’s arms last week in an attempt to swim across the Rio Grande to the United States have been returned to El Salvador for an expected burial at a private ceremony in the capital Monday. Their bodies entered the Central […]

US resumes assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is resuming targeted foreign assistance funding for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after the three Central American countries recently signed immigration deals with Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the funding will support programs aimed at mitigating illegal immigration. Pompeo notified Congress on Wednesday. President Donald Trump […]

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years for crimes ranging from murder and arms trafficking to terrorist association in a mass trial historic for the sheer number of defendants, authorities said Friday. […]

Drowned father and daughter mourned at El Salvador cemetery

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A man and his young daughter who drowned trying to cross into Texas were laid to their final rest Monday, a week after a heartbreaking image of their bodies floating in the Rio Grande circled the globe. About 200 relatives and friends followed a hearse bearing the bodies of […]

5.9 quake hits coast of El Salvador, no damages or injuries

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The United States Geological Survey says a 5.9-magnitude earthquake has shaken the coast of El Salvador, drawing terrified residents out of their homes. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele tweeted that “the government and the civil protection system is activated and ready” […]

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