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Central America’s 10 best tours: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Panama and beyond

If it’s volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins and abundant nature you’re after, head to Central America. From Belize to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama adventure is guaranteed. Step back in time in Nicaragua Visit the rural backwaters and remote Caribbean islands of Nicaragua on this...

Latin America, a continent of discontent

Crime, weak economies and corruption are pushing Latin Americans to move abroad. Among them are citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are emigrating en masse. They are fed up with poverty and violence, and people-smugglers have become adept at transporting them. This exodus...

Central American Firefighters Sharing Operational Knowledge with U.S. Counterparts

The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron will be hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23, with the participation of 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. The Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and...

Remittances to Central America are caught in Trump’s line of fire

As political tensions between Central American countries and the US ramp up, the cash flows are being caught in the line of fire. US president Donald Trump has begun to use remittances as a political weapon; in July he threatened Guatemala that unless it agreed...

Wanted In The U.S. Narco Tico Arrested In Escazu

José Efraín López Mendoza, 49, alias "M1" or "Dante", wanted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested on Tuesday afternoon when he was traveling on the Ruta 27 in Escazú. López Mendoza, leader of the Organized...

U.S. denies requesting Costa Rica immigration pact

Sharon Day, the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, clarified that her government has not asked Costa Rica to sign an immigration pact like the one he signed with Guatemala, which has unleashed strong criticism. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after a...

Only 3 countries in the world protect the right to bear arms in their constitutions: the US, Mexico, and Guatemala

(Insider) - The right to keep and bear arms is a longstanding, often glorified right protected by the US Constitution. Americans own nearly half of all the civilian-owned guns in the world, and on a per capita basis, the US has far more guns...

US Bill Would Shut Doors to Central Americans

(HW.org) The United States Senate Judiciary Committee on August 1, 2019, forwarded a bill to the full Senate that would all but shut US doors to Central American refugees, Human Rights Watch said today. The Secure and Protect Act (S.1494), introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham,...

Trump Invites Costa Rica To Sign Immigration Agreement

The United States will promote negotiations to reach migratory agreements with El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, in line with the seal last week with Guatemala, to curb irregular migration from Central America, a senior US official said. Interim US National Security Secretary Kevin...

US and Guatemala sign agreement to restrict asylum cases

The United States and Guatemala have signed an immigration asylum agreement intended to control the flow of US-bound migrants from Central America, President Donald Trump announced Friday. The so-called "safe third country" agreement would require citizens of Honduras and El Salvador who enter Guatemala to...

Latest plan by U.S. to deny Central American asylum seekers protection is illegal

QZ.com - The Trump administration introduced a new rule that would essentially ban Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the US today, the latest attempt to radically rewrite US immigration policy outside of Congress. The new rule, issued jointly by the Department of Justice...

Their Own Governments Driving Central Americans to the U.S.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are, by all accounts, countries ravaged by gang violence, drug trafficking and extreme poverty. It’s these elements that have driven wave after wave of illegal immigration to the U.S., drawing the ire of President Donald Trump. And yet the bond...

Guatemala votes for new president as gang violence soars

Guatemala appeared to be moving towards a second-round runoff election following a presidential vote on Sunday. Early results from 20% of polling stations counted showed center-left candidate Sandra Torres securing 23.33% of the vote compared to a second-place finish of 15.70% for her conservative rival...

U.S. cuts hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The plan...

Gas revolution planned for Northern Triangle

A plan unveiled last month in Mexico that focuses on the need to develop the economies of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, collectively known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, sees natural gas as a key driver of development. The central part of the...

What Companies Build Public Infrastructure in Costa Rica and Central America?

Constructora Rodsa, Constructora Peñaranda and Constructora Codico are three of the companies that in the first quarter of 2019 were awarded contracts by governments to build all types of public infrastructure in Central America. An analysis of CentralAmericaData's Trade Intelligence unit provides data on the...

Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

Latin American Migrants Turn to Train Hopping Amid Crackdown in Mexico

Migrants from Latin American countries have once again resorted to illegal freight train hopping in an attempt to evade measures aimed at curbing illegal migration deployed by the Mexican government. The government measures have already proven their effectiveness, significantly complicating travel by other means of...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Trump Accuses Central American Migrants As “Thugs” and “Criminals”

US President Donald Trump has accused immigration from Central American entering the United States from the Mexico border of perpetrating crimes and stirring up violence and denounced his country’s asylum program as a "scam". In Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking at an event, Trump underscored...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

No More US Financial Aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

United States President Donald Trump has ordered to suspend financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) said. The U.S.-based outlet Politico reported that some US$627 million, which Congress allocated to the Central American countries last year, are "blocked"...

Guatemala Ring of Police Moonlighting as Hitmen Dismantled

Insightcrime.org - A series of arrests in Guatemala has brought down a criminal group made up of police officers working as drug dealers and hitmen, showing how the country has not been spared from the growing crisis of police criminality across the region. The network,...

Guatemala: Truck slams into crowd leaving at least 32 dead, 19 injured

A large truck crashed into a crowd of people gathered on the Interamericana highway near the town of Nahuala, located west of Guatemala City on Wednesday night, killing dozens and leaving bodies scattered on the road. At least 33 people died in the crash, with...

Backpacker stripped naked before falling to her death in Guatemala volcano

British backpacker Catherine Shaw is believed to have stripped naked while hiking on a Guatemalan volcano to watch the sunrise before a fatal fall. The 23-year-old from Witney, Oxfordshire was reported missing on March 5 after she left Hotel Mayachik, near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala....

Guatemala Calls for General Elections For June 16

Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) called for general elections for June 16, 2019, as the country is going through a political crisis fostered by President Jimmy Morales’s conflict with the U.N. Anti-Graft body. “The Supreme Electoral Court calls to participation with a civi spirit, in...

Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

(Insightcrime.org)  With migrants fleeing murder and violence in droves and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation programs seem evermore appealing. But their impact will continue to be limited unless governments invest time and resources in more...

Thousands Evacuated as Guatemala Volcano Erupts Again

(TelesurTv) Authorities in Guatemala declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people early Monday after the country's fiery Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain. The volcano last erupted in early November without...

Ibero-American summit calls to address migration

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) Leaders at a summit of Ibero-American nations called Friday for development and assistance for the poor to alleviate waves of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, political instability and persecution in the Americas. More than a dozen presidents and King Felipe VI of Spain...

Nicaragua qualifies president Carlos Alvarado as ‘ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous and snoopy’

The government of Daniel Ortega did not hold anything back to offend President Carlos Alvarado for his criticism of the internal situation in Nicaragua. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua issued a statement Friday where it calls Alvarado, among others things, "ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous...

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano on Verge of Eruption

Guatemalan Authorities warned that the Fuego volcano registered about 14 explosions per hour, so they foresee that in the next hours or days it will erupt. Authorities generated an alert Friday, that the Fuego Volcano might start to erupt at any time. The National Institute of...

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