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The US, Mexico and Guatemala agree to prevent the passage of migrant caravans

Q24N (Guatemala city) The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala agreed on Friday to prohibit the passage of migrant caravans through their territory due to the pandemic, days after one from Honduras was forcibly dissolved at the Guatemala border with Honduras. "Regarding any...

Guatemala uses tear gas and sticks to stop migrant caravan

Q24N - With a new administration in sight and the possible relaxation of immigration policies, thousands of migrants from Central America have decided to once again make their run at the United States border. Entering eastern Guatemala on foot, on their journey from Honduras, they...

Cyclones and Trump’s departure fuel dreams of Central Americans to go to the United States

Q REPORTS (La Lima, Honduras) Emerson sells bananas on the edge of a dusty street in La Lima, northern Honduras, but hopes to stop doing so soon and migrate to the United States. He believes that President-elect Joe Biden will let him get through. After...

4 killed, 48,000 evacuated as Hurricane Iota Tears Across Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – The damage from Hurricane Iota in Nicaragua is beginning to be quantified: at least four dead and 48,000 evacuated. The first fatalities were two brothers, minors, who were dragged by the current of a river in Carazo. According to the official statement,...

Hurricane Iota moves towards a devastated Central America

QCOSTARICA - Hurricane Iota strengthened this Monday and rose to category 4 on its way to Central America, where authorities evacuated thousands of people to minimize risks. The region was recently devastated by the passage of Eta, just two weeks ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center...

Central America braces itself for the onslaught of a new hurricane

QCOSTARICA - Central American countries prepared for a new hurricane on Saturday, days after Hurrican Eta, dissipating to a tropical storm, killed more than 200 people in the region. Tropical storm Iota was in the Caribbean on Saturday, moving slowly towards Central America, which could...

Eta Increases Covid-19 Risk in Nicaragua and Honduras

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that the passage of Hurricane Eta through Nicaragua and Honduras increased the risk of contagion of covid-19 in the affected areas. Furthermore, it urged the population in temporary shelters to be “alert”, use masks,...

Rainy onslaught by Hurricane Eta batters Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - The central Pacific, as well as Guanacaste and the canton of Upala, in the northern zone (Alajuela), are on an orange alert due to the intensification of the rains in that area due to the indirect influence of Hurricane Eta. The National Emergency...

UN: Violence, COVID-19 Create Displacement Crisis in Central America

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reports worsening violence and hardship caused by COVID-19 are pushing people in Central America to flee their homes in droves, creating a displacement crisis in the region. By the end of last year, escalating violence and instability had displaced some...

Costa Rica and Honduras shield borders to stop entry of Nicaraguans

(AFP & QCOSTARICA) Two policemen and a military officer escort two young men off the horses on the Honduran shore of the bordering Guasaule River, in their mission to block the entry of Nicaraguans trying to enter Honduras, in the face of their country's...

Honduras: Cases of COVID-19 and dengue are reported in the same patients

The head of the Metropolitan Sanitary Region of the Central District, Harry Bock, reported this Thursday that in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, there have been several cases of patients suffering from COVID-19 and dengue at the same time. The doctor did not specify the...

Honduran curfew extended until May 17

As a measure to stop the coronavirus pandemic, the Honduran government extended the curfew that has been in force since mid-March, until May 17. Honduras reports (as of Thursday, May 7)  1,461 confirmed cases of the covid-19 infected and 99 deaths. In a statement released on...

NO Emergency Over Coronavirus In Nicaragua; ALL Tourists Welcome, Even From Countries With Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

While most of the world is in a pandemic over the coronavirus covid-19, in Nicaragua there is no “Emergency” and all visitors, even from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19 will have no restrictions for moving around in Nicaragua Fascade of the Fernando Velez Pais...

Honduras and Belize Ink Air Transport Agreement

The governments of Honduras and Belize signed an agreement creating opportunities for the operation of the country's airfields with flights to Belize to further promote tourism. The statement issued by the government of Honduras on February 28th says that "... Within the legal framework, the...

Coronavirus: Nicaragua has not established protocol or will quarantine

Nicaragua’s Minister of Health, Carolina Dávila Murillo, informed through the official media, that the government of Daniel Ortega will not interpose any quarantine to those who enter Nicaragua, including from countries that have positive cases of the new coronavirus, covid19. “Nicaragua has not established or...

U.S. erects billboards in Central America telling would-be illegal immigrants to turn back

The U.S. State Department is stepping up an advertising campaign in Central America to warn would-be migrants against illegally traveling to the United States, Fox News reports. “The message that we’re sending is that the pathway to the United States illegally is a futile journey,”...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Trump’s son-in-law trying to raise money for Central America

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is organizing an investment conference in Mexico City, aiming to pair private money with foreign aid for Central America that his father-in-law President Donald Trump froze as punishment for the region’s high level of migration to the U.S. Planners...

Crime has an economic cost of 16% of GDP in Central American Northern Triangle

The economic costs of crime in the Central American Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are the highest in the world, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report entitled Crime and Output: Theory and application to the Nothern...

Surge in prices of top quality coffee

A shortage of high-quality arabica coffees has boosted spot prices in Central America, Colombia, and Brazil, catching speculators who bet on falling futures prices by surprise. Traders and analysts say the shortage is a major factor behind the surge in arabica prices on ICE Futures...

Child Marriage Around the World: Honduras — Olga (Video)

VOA reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. And what is the cost to the girl herself of marrying...

CAFTA Diet May Be Bad For Health, Say US Experts

A study on a trade deal between the U.S. and smaller, developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean - the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) - highlights how free trade agreements impact diet and health The study analyzes the availability of non-nutritious food...

Central America suffers massive power outage

A major power outage hit Central America on Monday that left Nicaragua and Honduras without power for over an hour, according to Nicaragua's state-owned Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica (ENATREL), blaming the problem to "technical failures". In Nicaragua, the power failure lasted from 30 minutes...

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...

South Korea Ratified FTA with Central America

It was announced that the National Assembly of South Korea ratified the Free Trade Agreement signed with Central America. The announcement was made by Seok-hyun Lee, deputy of the Korean assembly, who reported on the evening of August 2: "... We, the Korean National Assembly last...

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...

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people – are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States and receiving refuge. President Trump has responded by...

Hondurans Are Still Fighting the US-Supported Dictatorship

Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras - The US-backed dictatorship here in Honduras is refusing entry to foreign journalists, but you can slip in if you pass yourself off as a tourist. Nationwide protests, which have been churning for months, reached a peak on June...

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...

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