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Bukele has El Salvador poised to prosper after stopping murder, migration cold in first term

MEXICO CITY – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele started his second-term as the country’s leader, having captured 85% of the vote. The outspoken leader has gained global attention for his tough stance and actions against the country’s notorious gangs, and slashing murder rates. While Bukele’s war on the gangs has drawn criticism from U.N., NGOs and the Biden administration over …

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El Salvador says it foiled a plot to plant bombs on the day of President Bukele's inauguration

El Salvador said authorities have broken up a plot to plant bombs around the country to coincide with President Nayib Bukele’s inauguration on Saturday. The country’s National Police said the plot involved “veterans” of the country’s 1980-1992 civil war, an apparent reference to former leftist guerrillas. AT LEAST 241 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN EL SALVADOR’S PRISONS DURING THE ‘WAR ON …

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These 5 US military cemeteries in surprising nations are lasting reminders of America's global sacrifice

The sacrifice all over the globe by the American people to defeat tyranny, liberate conquered nations, defend representative governments and end human slavery is unprecedented in world history. The United States, just in World War II alone, fought to liberate dozens of conquered nations, from Europe to Africa to Asia. The American Battle Monuments Commission honors the cost paid by …

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Panama president-elect builds business-friendly cabinet

Panama President-elect Jose Raul Mulino on Thursday pulled business leaders and an economist into his ranks, the first cabinet selections in what Mulino has promised will be an administration friendly to the private sector. Mulino, whose government will begin the transition process next month, tapped business leader Felipe Chapman for the economy and finance minister post and economist Javier Martinez-Acha …

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Guatemalan court orders release of journalist jailed for nearly 2 years on money laundering charges

A Guatemalan court ordered the release Wednesday of journalist José Rubén Zamora, jailed for nearly two years on money laundering charges. Zamora, the 67-year-old founder of El Periodico newspaper, was sentenced to six years in prison last June for alleged money laundering. But that conviction and sentence were overturned by another court and a new trial ordered. PROSECUTORS IN GUATEMALA …

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Tamales are hot today, yet savory wraps are as old as civilization

Tamales are one of the hottest topics in the American food scene — proving that food-on-the-run paired with great flavor never goes out of style. Social conversations about tamales exploded 47% over the past year, according to Tastewise, a new platform that uses artificial intelligence to find food trends by tracking social media, restaurant menus and digital content. The platform …

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Desperate young Guatemalans try to reach the US even after horrific deaths of migrating relatives

COMITANCILLO, Guatemala (AP) — Every night for nearly two years, Glendy Aracely Ramírez has prayed by the altar in her parents’ mud-brick bedroom where, under a large crucifix, is a picture of her sister Blanca. The 23-year-old died alongside 50 other migrants in a smuggler’s tractor-trailer in Texas. “I ask God for my family’s health and that I might get …

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Guatemala's president issues natural disaster declaration as 44 forest fires rage on

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s president issued a natural disaster declaration Wednesday as 44 forest fires continue to burn across the Central American country. DESPERATE YOUNG GUATEMALANS TRY TO REACH THE US EVEN AFTER HORRIFIC DEATHS OF MIGRATING RELATIVES President Bernardo Arévalo said that 80% of the fires were started by people. Farmers often burn stubble and grass in their …

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'Panama Papers' trial starts. 27 people charged in the worldwide money laundering case

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The trial of 27 people charged in connection with the worldwide “Panama Papers” money laundering started Monday in a Panamanian criminal court. Those on trial include the owners of the Mossack-Fonseca law firm that was at the heart of the 2016 massive document leak. LAWYERS DEPICTED IN ‘PANAMA PAPERS’ FILM SUE NETFLIX FOR DEFAMATION The Panama …

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At least 241 people have died in El Salvador's prisons during the 'war on gangs,' rights group says

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — At least 241 people have died in El Salvador prisons since the start of President Nayib Bukele’s “war on gangs” two years ago, according to the organization Humanitarian Legal Relief. Ingrid Escobar, director of the rights organization, said they received 500 reports of deaths in state custody, but they have confirmed about half, including two minors. …

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