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Thursday, July 29, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Hospitals in El Salvador have been overwhelmed by an unexpected rise in respiratory diseases including pneumonia and dengue fever, health authorities said on Wednesday. The official said acute respiratory disease has shot up, totaling some 1.3 million cases. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuela on Wednesday deported suspected Salvadoran terrorist Francisco Chavez Abarca to Cuba, where he is wanted in connection with several bombings of Havana hotels in 1997. Chavez Abarca was detained last week as he tried to enter Venezuela on a false passport. read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela  (Reuters) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday security forces arrested a member of a gang led by accused plane bomber Luis Posada Carriles and suggested the El Salvadorian suspect planned to kill him. Chavez said Francisco Chavez Abarca was arrested on Thursday. read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Anger rose on Monday after a pair of suspected gang attacks on public buses in El Salvador that killed 17 people, including one in which assailants lit the vehicle on fire with passengers inside. President Mauricio Funes announced the arrests of eight suspects in the attacks. read more...



Monday, June 21, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Fourteen people were killed on Sunday after suspected Mara 18 gang members attacked two buses in El Salvador, police officials said. In the first attack on the outskirts of San Salvador, arsonists thought to be Mara 18 members set fire to a minibus, killing 11 passengers. read more...



Friday, June 4, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Infrastructure damage caused by Tropical Storm Agatha, the first of this year's storm season, will cost some 20 million dollars to repair, El Salvador's Public Works Minister Gerson Martinez said on Thursday. The storm killed at least 183 people in Central America. read more...



Friday, May 28, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- FIFA said on Thursday it was lifting the suspension of El Salvador's football association with immediate effect, after the Salvadoran authorities agreed to its requests surrounding the registration of the association. FIFA had decided on May 10 to suspend the association. read more...



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- The European Union and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean pledged to "avoid protectionism in all its forms", as the bloc announced free trade deals with the region at a summit.  Spain had billed the summit as a high point of its six-month EU presidency, and has pushed for closer EU ties. read more...



Friday, May 14, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Authorities in El Salvador said on Thursday that they have unearthed some 300 tonnes of expired medicine buried years ago, and apparently forgotten, raising fears of ground water contamination. Health Minister Isabel Rodriguez said the medicine had been buried as long as a decade ago. read more...



Thursday, May 13, 2010

ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) -- FIFA warned on Wednesday that Salvadoran referees selected for the World Cup next month could be excluded due to a dispute over government interference in El Salvador's football. World football's governing body said in a statement that its emergency committee had voted... read more...



Saturday, May 8, 2010

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- El Salvador could face suspension from world soccer after CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, urged FIFA to take action over what it called government intervention. FIFA designated a commission last July to put the El Salvador... read more...



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- El Salvador risk suspension from world soccer after the country's government said on Monday it did not recognise a FIFA commission running its football federation (Fesfut). World soccer's governing body FIFA designated a commission last July. read more...



Saturday, April 17, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba presented on Thursday in El Salvador a group of tourist offers for local travellers, as part of a strategy that seeks to attract Central American visitors to the island. Eduardo Acosta, director of the tourist office based in Venezuela, said in this regard ways for Cuban tourism are... read more...



Thursday, March 25, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- The president of El Salvador on Wednesday sought pardon for the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was shot dead exactly 30 years ago at the start of a long and bloody civil war. Archbishop Romero was a "victim of illegal violence," President Funes said. read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel Montes has been suspended for a year for refusing to wear the official national team kit, the Salvadorean Football Federation (FESFUT) said on Friday. The Aguila goalkeeper wore another sponser's gloves and socks at the 2009 Gold Cup. read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Over 10,000 Salvadorans have been benefited by Operation Miracle, a Cuban-Venezuelan program aimed at improving or return the vision of people of scant economic resources. Wladimir Ruiz, charge d’affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in El Salvador, explained this is a... read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Reuters) -- A Dominican Republic man who acted as legal adviser to a group of US missionaries held for several weeks in Haiti on child kidnapping charges has been arrested in Santo Domingo, local police said on Friday. Jorge Puello Torres is wanted by El Salvador. read more...



Saturday, March 13, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez Bonilla, who is in Havana on an official visit at the invitation of his counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, described this visit as a historic moment in the bilateral relationship between Cuba and El Salvador. While here he will inaugurate... read more...



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP): US President Barack Obama said Monday he had been impressed with attempts by President Mauricio Funes to bridge political divides as he welcomed the Salvadoran leader to the White House. Obama said he was committed to building a relationship based on trade and mutual respect. read more...



Friday, February 26, 2010

TAMPA, USA (Reuters) -- The United States needed two late goals, including a stoppage time winner, to beat El Salvador 2-1 in a friendly international on Wednesday. The World Cup-bound Americans were playing without many of the players who are likely to feature in South Africa later this year. read more...



Saturday, February 20, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- The Mara Salvatrucha and the Mara-18, two violent street gangs with operations that span from Central America into the United States, issued a statement here announcing an end to violence. The statement was delivered by relatives of gang members. read more...



Saturday, February 20, 2010

An analysis of current developments in El Salvador, while at the same time undertaking an assessment of President Mauricio Funes’ performance, might reveal that: “For the first time we have a democratic government, a solidified government, a just government that is going to push for changes... read more...



Friday, November 27, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador on Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital and causing people to flee into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake was centered in the Pacific. read more...



Monday, November 23, 2009

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AFP -- Central American nations will demand 105 billion dollars from industrialized countries for damages caused by global warming, the region's representatives said on Friday. Central American environment ministers gathered to discuss the so-called "ecological debt". read more...



Saturday, November 21, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Bloomberg) -- El Salvador paid two percentage points more than Panama in a sale of $800 million of bonds as the Central American country tapped debt markets less than a week after having its credit rating cut to junk. The country sold the 10-year bonds to yield 7.375 percent. read more...



Thursday, November 19, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, USA -- MoneyGram International, a leading global money transfer company, announced on Wednesday that it would temporarily reduce its money transfer service fee from all US and Canada agent locations to El Salvador from Nov 18 to Dec 2.  This in an effort to help after Hurricane Ida. read more...



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- El Salvador honored on Monday six Jesuit priests killed by the army 20 years ago in one of the most notorious atrocities of the country's long and vicious civil war. Leftist President Mauricio Funes granted the priests El Salvador's highest honor posthumously in a ceremony. read more...



Monday, November 16, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- Moody's Investors Service said on Sunday it had downgraded El Salvador's foreign-currency government bond ratings to Ba1 with a negative outlook from Baa3. The Central American nation's country ceiling for foreign-currency bank deposits was also cut to Ba1. read more...



Thursday, November 12, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- Remittances by Salvadoran migrant workers to relatives back home fell 10 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period a year ago, the central bank said this week. Migrants sent home $2.8 billion from January to October, the bank said. read more...



Thursday, November 12, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- El Salvador coffee group Procafe said on Wednesday just 6,517 60-kg bags of coffee were lost when Hurricane Ida triggered heavy rains and floods in the Central American country this past weekend. An earlier estimate in losses was incorrect. read more...



Thursday, November 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States approved a Resolution in which it expresses “its condolences and utmost solidarity to the People and Government of El Salvador following the loss of human lives and the destruction caused by torrential rains last weekend". read more...



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Rescue workers in El Salvador on Tuesday tried to reach dozens of towns cut off by torrents of mud and debris unleashed by devastating late-season storms that killed at least 144 people. The total number of dead rose to 144, civil protection authorities said. read more...



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- El Salvador's agriculture chamber said on Tuesday up to 28,000 short tonnes of sugar and 76,666 60-kg bags of coffee were lost after heavy rains triggered by Hurricane Ida caused major flooding and landslides this weekend. Up to 20 percent of the cane harvest could be at risk. read more...



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- Hundreds of flood victims remain stranded and some communities are cut off from aid assistance following days of heavy rains that killed 124 people in El Salvador, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Monday. read more...



Monday, November 9, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- A late-season hurricane ravaged parts of Central America on Sunday as floods and landslides killed at least 91 in El Salvador and thousands were left homeless in Nicaragua. Hurricane Ida, which grew to a category two storm Sunday, was moving into the southern Gulf. read more...



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, USA -- More than two dozen items, ranging from travel and entertainment to jewelry and original artwork, are available for auction with the proceeds benefiting people with the greatest needs in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Development Foundation announced on Monday. read more...



Friday, October 9, 2009

MIAMI, USA (Reuters) -- All three regional places in the World Cup finals remain up for grabs as the tightly contested CONCACAF qualification process reaches the penultimate round on Saturday. Mexico are second on 15 points and have an easier task at home to fifth-placed El Salvador. read more...



Thursday, October 8, 2009

MEXICO CITY/SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) -- Latin American airlines Avianca and TACA said on Wednesday they will merge and AeroMexico said it is looking at deals with rivals as carriers around the world struggle with a deep downturn. El Salvador-based TACA said they will join operations to cut costs. read more...



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- Moody's Investors Service on Monday placed El Salvador's credit rating on review for possible downgrade on the country's limited access to international financial markets and the impact of the global financial crisis. El Salvador's "Baa3" foreign-currency government bond rating could... read more...



Thursday, September 10, 2009

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Four suspects, including a policeman, have been arrested over Franco-Spanish journalist Christian Poveda's murder in El Salvador, police said, indicating the killing was ordered by a jailed gang member. Poveda's murder last week had been ordered by Nelson Lazo Rivera. read more...



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