Raúl Mijango, a mediator of El Salvador's controversial 2012 gang truce. (Image: Youtube/Alejandro Muyshondt, screenshot)

Top Story — El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21 people involved in a controversial 2012 gang treaty that has since broken down, including former congressman and ex-guerrilla Raúl Mijango, who mediated the truce, as well as 17 other former government officials and three police officers, The Associated Press reported….

Panama City’s financial district. (Image: dronepicr/Flickr, (CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The largest-ever digital leak of financial information, the Panama Papers, is still generating furor across Latin America. On Tuesday, organized crime prosecutors raided the office from which the leak originated, the law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama City. Investigators refused to give any details about their analysis of documents procured during the…

Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

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Top Story — The Salvadoran Supreme Court ordered a civil prosecution Wednesday of former President Mauricio Funes on corruption charges. Though the case does not include drug charges, justices voted to freeze Funes’ personal bank accounts in light of his inability to explain the source some $728,000. The prosecution is the most recent in a…

Maya-Q'eqchi victims at the opening of Monday's trial (Image: Prensa Libre TV)

Top Story — Two former soldiers in Guatemala went on trial Monday for the alleged rape, sexual enslavement, forced disappearance and murder of indigenous men and women in a 10-month period during the country’s 36-year civil war. The trial marks the first time in history that sexual slavery will be prosecuted as a war crime…

Public health professionals working to combat the Zika virus in Brazil. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division now forecasts as many as 4 million cases of the disease could spread throughout the hemisphere, and governments across the region are scrambling to respond….

A worker fumigates in an effort to kill mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The mosquito-borne Zika virus is wreaking havoc throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, most prominently in El Salvador and Brazil, prompting both nation’s leaders to issue warnings on Thursday about its possible connection to a rare birth defect. In a televised address on Thursday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urged the population to…

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. (Image: Organization of American States, Public Domain)

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández said Wednesday that his government will likely extradite billionaire businessman Jaime Rosenthal to the United States on charges of money laundering through his family’s Banco Continental. Rosenthal, who is suspected of working for drug traffickers who have made the country one of the world’s most violent, would be the wealthiest…