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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…

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Guatemalan authorities detained 18 former military officials over alleged human rights violations carried out during the country’s 36-year civil war, the same day that officials in El Salvador announced that they would seek the arrest of 17 ex-soldiers linked to the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during its own 12-year civil war. The 18…

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Top Story — Undocumented immigrants recently deported by the United States face threats of violence upon their return to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to a new investigation by The Guardian, which highlighted three specific instances of deportees who were shot and killed shortly after returning home. An upcoming academic study, based on an…

El Salvador's National Civil Police Director Mauricio Ramírez Lavaverde. (Image: Government of El Salvador)

Top Story — El Salvador saw more murders in the month of May than in any other month since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992, as gang violence continues to surge. Justice Minister Benito Lara made the announcement Tuesday, citing the recent transfers of some 2,600 imprisoned gang members, including several top…

Former Minister of Defense of El Salvador Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was deported from the United States on Wednesday. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. authorities on Wednesday deported a ex-army general from El Salvador for his alleged role in human rights abuses during that country’s civil war, which ran from 1980 to 1992, the most prominent deportation to date under a law aimed at expelling rights violators. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova lost an appeal with…

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Top Story — The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals struck down Wednesday the request of a former high-ranking El Salvadoran official that he not be extradited back to his home country to stand trial for tortures and killings committed during El Salvador’s brutal civil war. The appeals panel on Wednesday ruled that Carlos Eugenio Vides…

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On Dec. 2, El Salvador’s business community announced it had hired former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise the Salvadoran government on how to curb soaring crime driven by lawless gangs and rampant corruption. At 43.9 murders per 100,000 residents, according to the 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, the country’s homicide…

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The world has been focusing for almost two months on the disappearance and reported killing of 43 Mexican students by a drug gang — an act in which government forces played a major role. In the midst of the public outrage surrounding the students’ disappearance, news of another famous massacre by state forces in Central…

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Top Story — The number of women and girls immigrating to the United States from Central America after being kidnapped or raped has risen sharply over the last year, The Associated Press reports. In El Salvador, most of the violence against women comes at the hands of rival gangs Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street. Mara…

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ILOPANGO, El Salvador — In 2012, the two major Salvadoran gangs, MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang, brokered a truce supported by the government. The gang leaders agreed to stop violence and recruitment, to turn in weapons and to begin regular negotiations between incarcerated gang bosses. The homicide rate immediately dropped by half and foot…