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El Salvador murder rate plummets; study says gangs may have informal pact with government

08 Jul 2020

SAN SALVADOR Homicides in El Salvador fell over 50% in President Nayib Bukele's first year in office, with officials citing tougher enforcement, while a study on Wednesday suggests gangs may have eased up on violence and made informal deals with authorities.

El Salvador delays next steps in reopening economy as COVID-19 cases rise

05 Jul 2020

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's presidential office on Sunday postponed the second phase of the economy's reopening by two weeks, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus infections.

Deaths from Storm Amanda rise to 20 in Central America

01 Jun 2020

SAN SALVADOR Torrential rains at the weekend caused by Tropical Storm Amanda have killed at least 20 people in Central America, authorities said on Monday, as remnants of the weather front moved north into Mexico and threatened to form a new cyclone.

Rich world's jobs crisis jolts money flows to millions

01 Jun 2020

Carlos Sosa, a Salvadoran waiter in New York, used to send up to $500 a month back home to his mother to help pay for her medical bills and food. But now, after the coronavirus hit and he lost his job in early March, Sosa has burned through his savings and the wire transfers have stopped.

El Salvador's Congress OKs law to reopen economy, President Bukele vows veto

31 May 2020

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's Congress passed a new emergency bill to address the impact of the coronavirus crisis and gradually reopen the Central American nation's economy, while President Nayib Bukele has vowed to veto the measure.

As hunger spreads under lockdown, Guatemalans and Salvadorans raise white flag

21 May 2020

GUATEMALA CITY/SAN SALVADOR Strict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have so battered local economies that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance.

El Salvador's president extends lockdown, crimping law allowing restart of economy

20 May 2020

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's government on Tuesday extended a strict lockdown until June 6, after President Nayib Bukele threatened to veto a law passed by Congress aimed at accelerating the reopening of the country's economy prior to that date.

El Salvador's president proposes re-opening of economy from June 6

19 May 2020

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele said on Monday he would propose to lawmakers to gradually re-open the economy from June 6, in the wake of strict curbs to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the small Central American nation.

Salvadoran president declares emergency without OK from congress, sparking controversy

18 May 2020

SAN SALVADOR El Salvador's attorney general on Sunday challenged a decree by President Nayib Bukele, who declared a state of emergency the previous evening to extend coronavirus measures without approval by congress.

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