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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...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

5 killed when plane crashes into sea after takeoff in Honduras

Five people, four Americans and a Canadian were killed when a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from an airport in Honduras on Saturday, according to officials. The crash happened off Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. 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...

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing debate about immigration in the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of the caravans and those crossing into the U.S. from Mexico are from these countries. Why isn’t Costa Rica experiencing a similar...

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...

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