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Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)- The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will launch a tri-national force aimed at disrupting the movements of street gangs that are increasingly crossing borders in order to coordinate criminal activities and flee security crackdowns. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández...

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org  - A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies. The...

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

  Q24N - A new report from the US Congressional Research Service details the importance of trade-based money laundering for criminal networks in Latin America and outlines some of the ways the region's governments are attempting to combat illicit financial flows. The CRS report (pdf) describes...

Joint Work is Key to Boost Caribbean Development, Says President Solis

QCOSTARICA - In Cuba, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis said joint work and integration will be essential to carry on with the objectives of development proposed for the coming years by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in order to achieve prosperity and...

El Salvador Minimum Wage Increase of 15%

(Q24N) The increase will be staggered: 5% from June 1, 2016, 5% from June 1 2017, and 5% from June 1 2018. From a statement issued by the ANEP: The private sector represented in the National Minimum Wage Council, agreed to accept the request from workers...

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of...

Gang violence blamed for refugee crisis in Central America

Q24N (Reuters) - Gang violence in parts of Central America has created a refugee crisis reminiscent of the 1980s when wars forced large numbers from their home countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of refugees from El Salvador, Honduras...

In World’s Most Violent Country, 30 New Firearms Registered Daily

(Q24N) Between 2010 and 2015, Salvadorans were registering firearms at a rate of 11,000 per year. This suggests 30 new firearms were registered every day in a country where the vast majority of crimes are committed with guns. In a market that had sales...

U.S. Plans Mass Deportations of Central American Immigrants

Q24N - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of undocumented Central American immigrant families, says The Washington Post. Early in 2016,  the nationwide campaign is to be carried out by U.S....

Pope Francis’ Appeal for Cuban Migrants Stranded in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed for Cuban migrants on Sunday, who are often victims of human traffickers, and find themselves at present stranded on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He called on the countries of Central America to help the roughly...

Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Q24N - Daily hundreds from Central America seek out asylum from their region’s skyrocketing violence in the United States.  In the following article originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations on 27 November 2015 and updated on December 4, 2015, Danielle Renwick outlines...

Costa Rica Still With The Highest Fuel Prices In The Region

(qCOSTARICA) In a report by Centralamericandata.com of a roundup of gasoline prices in Central America up to July 20, Costa Rica leads the pack with the highest prices. Converted to U.S. gallon and U.S. dollars for comparison, the reports pegs the the price of a...

Single Registration for Patents in Central America

(QCOSTARICA) A proposal has been made for the region to standardize the criteria for patenting so that it has the same validity and is treated in the same way in each of the Central American countries. Meeting in Panama, patent experts and government representatives reviewed...

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

(Via Alernet.org) La Bestia 'Train of Death' is running empty now. For years, the freight trains collectively known as “The Beast” carried Central American migrants north through Mexico on their quest to reach the U.S. border, fleeing extreme poverty and violence in their home countries. Hundreds...

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made advances in the war against this crime, but judging from the available evidence, at the moment the criminals are winning. She was 12 years old...

Drug Trafficking Cooperation Between Honduras and the U.S. Proves Positive

(QCOSTARICA CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS) - Efforts by the country's Military and police to shut down drug trafficking routes have effectively thwarted cocaine smugglers from using Honduras as a main transshipment point to the United States. Operations against transnational drug trafficking groups which have done so...

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

(Q CENTRAL AMERICA) Mexico's southern border region is a hot spot for sex traffickers who target migrants traveling from Central America. Thirty-five women were rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, with six suspects arrested in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas, authorities announced Wednesday. According to the National...

Nicaragua’s Milk Exports Grow

TODAY NICARAGUA - So far this year 21.8 million kilos of liquid milk have been exported, 9 million more than in the same period of 2014. Sales of various presentations such as skim milk, low-fat, lactose-free, whole milk reported up to 21 April an increase...

Narco Queen Ready to Blow the Lid Off Central American Underworld

A high-profile Guatemalan drug trafficker arrested in the United States in 2014 threatens to open a Pandora’s Box. Marllory Chacón, known as “La Reina del Sur” (the Queen of the South), is set to offer damning testimony implicating regional drug kingpins and Guatemala’s political...

Consumption in Central America: Some Rise and Others Fall

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS - In 2014 the volume of household consumption increased by 16% in Nicaragua, 7% in El Salvador, 5% in Panama and 6% in Guatemala, while in Costa Rica and Honduras it fell by 1% and 5%, respectively. Panama stands out because of...

Giuliani’s ‘Broken Windows’ Won’t Fix Central America

CENTRAL AMERICA - Rudy Giuliani -- the former New York City mayor touted as the mind behind a dramatic drop in crime in that city in the 1990s -- is offering some well-compensated advice to some of the poorest, most violent countries in Latin...

El Salvador Medical Tourism Up 8%

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS - In 2014 the medical tourism industry in El Salvador generated revenues of US$21.2 million, 8.5% more than was generated in 2013. In 2014 19,000 tourists, mostly from the United States, visited the country to have a procedure or undergo treatment, whose...

Gas Prices in Central America Up to March 2

QCOSTARICA - A Gallon* of regular gasoline is priced at: US $2.56 in Panama , US$2.71 in El Salvador, US$2.86 in Guatemala, US$3.40 in  Honduras, and US$3.52 in  Nicaragua and Costa Rica. During the month of February, the price of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) in...

Salvadorians Demand Trial Against Former President Flores

CENTRAL AMERICA - Salvadorian social organizations are demanding that former President Francisco Flores (1999-2004) faces trial and a sentence and that his case does not remain unpunished. In front of the house of the ex-president, dozens of people carry signs and shout slogans for the...

Doing Business in Central American Cities

QCOSTARICA - A World Bank study has evaluated regulations which exist in 22 cities in the region for starting new business, registration, construction, and border trade. The study "Doing Business in Central America and the Dominican Republic 2015" compares business regulations in 6 Central American...

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS - The Guatemalan Coordinator for Reduction of Disasters (CONRAD) is maintaning preventive measures in 25 communities near the volcano Fuego, although the activity of the volcano, located 50 kilometers southwest from this city, has normalized. After the eruption last Saturday and Sunday,...

Panama Does About Turn Over Gasoline Tax

TODAY PANAMA - The Presidency has ordered the withdrawal of the draft law which proposed levying $0.05 per liter of gasoline, that would have been used to finance the payment of pensions and retirements. From a statement issued by the Government of Panama: The president, Juan...

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