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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…

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Top Story – Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central America are moving to address the unaccompanied minor crisis, but friction over the issue persists. U.S. justice officials met on Thursday with counterparts from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss solutions to the crisis which has affected the U.S. since January, reported EFE….

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Leaders of El Salvador’s Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs confirmed Friday that they have reached a truce which they say has contributed to a sudden decline in the country’s homicide rate. However, allegations of a deal between government and gang members has incited controversy in El Salvador, which previously…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — El Salvador’s right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party narrowly earned a victory in Sunday’s midterm elections and now holds a greater number of seats than the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador’s legislature. According to results released Monday, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes’ leftist FMLN lost four…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — El Salvador’s highest court ruled Wednesday that nine former military officers will not be extradited to Spain to face charges for their alleged involvement in the murder of six Jesuit priests during the country’s civil war in 1989. The decision came after a Spanish court ruled in May…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — A former Salvadoran general, who was a close ally to the United States during the 1980s, faces deportation from the U.S. on charges that he participated in torture during El Salvador’s civil war. Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former general and defense minister during one of Central America’s most…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up the final leg of his Latin American tour Tuesday in El Salvador, where he pledged $200 million to Central America to fight drug cartels and discussed immigration reform in the U.S. The U.S. President was forced to cancel a visit to Mayan…