Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence
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Pope Francis kicks off Mexico tour addressing drug trafficking and violence

Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez | The Washington Post - February 13, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis threw himself into the most contentious of issues roiling Mexico during his first full day here, calling on President Enrique Peña Nieto and…

Peace Corps suspends El Salvador program as violence surges
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Peace Corps suspends El Salvador program as violence surges

Jerry Markon | The Washington Post - January 15, 2016

The Peace Corps has suspended its half-century-old program in El Salvador, highlighting the violence that has wracked the Central American nation and helped propel a wave of…

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Year’s first massacre in Honduras claims 6 victims

AFP - January 11, 2016

https://twitter.com/diarioelheraldo/status/686313804498616320 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Gunmen killed six people Sunday in Honduras, the first mass killing of the year in one of the world's most violent countries, police said. Police spokesman…

Prison terms of up to 828 years for Guatemala drug gang members who massacred foreigners
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Prison terms of up to 828 years for Guatemala drug gang members who massacred foreigners

AFP - January 9, 2016

GUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemala judge handed down prison terms of up to 828 years for six drug traffickers convicted of killing a busload of foreigners in 2008…

Central America’s violent Northern Triangle registers 17,422 homicides in 2015
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Central America’s violent Northern Triangle registers 17,422 homicides in 2015

AFP - January 5, 2016

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Central America's so-called Northern Triangle -- Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras -- recorded a total of 17,422 murders in 2015, 11 percent higher…

US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woes
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US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woes

Jerry Markon | The Washington Post - December 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As unaccompanied minors have again crossed the southwest border in growing numbers in recent months, experts have agreed that the root causes of the surge…

16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says
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16 killed in Guatemala prison fight, official says

AFP - November 30, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY – Sixteen people have been killed in fighting between rival gangs in a maximum-security prison in Guatemala, a top official said Monday as security forces tried…

The pen against the swords: Author Jorge Galán seeks asylum after threats in El Salvador
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The pen against the swords: Author Jorge Galán seeks asylum after threats in El Salvador

Norman Stockwell - November 16, 2015

On Sunday, Nov. 1, as he was heading home around noon, Salvadoran poet and novelist Jorge Galán was confronted by two men who threatened him verbally and…

PHOTOS: A look at maximum security in Costa Rica’s La Reforma Prison
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PHOTOS: A look at maximum security in Costa Rica’s La Reforma Prison

Álvaro Sánchez - November 4, 2015

See also: PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison LA REFORMA PRISON, Alajuela – Their reality is confined to a 4x4-meter cell of cement and iron, where only a…

Investigators piece together motive in mass Oregon shooting
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Investigators piece together motive in mass Oregon shooting

Veronique Dupont | AFP - October 3, 2015

ROSEBERG, Oregon – Investigators on Saturday pieced together evidence on why a student at a college in Oregon went on a shooting rampage that left nine people dead…