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Dengue-like chikungunya virus reported in El Salvador

Dengue-like chikungunya virus reported in El Salvador (via AFP) Salvadoran health authorities confirmed Saturday that a dengue-like disease that has been spreading across the Caribbean has now appeared in the Central-American country. Health Minister Violeta Menjivar said at least 1,200 people have been formally…   [Image via Agence France-Presse]…

Ex-leftist rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren wins El Salvador presidency

Former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren has won last Sunday's presidential election in El Salvador by a razor-thin margin, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said. He inherits leadership of a country beset with widespread poverty and violence……

Runoff presidential election in El Salvador ends in a near-tie

El Salvador’s presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner. Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former rebel commander, edging out conservative candidate Norman Quijano by 6,634 votes,…

Former guerrilla commander favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

Voters in El Salvador cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff expected to crown the current vice president, an ex-guerrilla commander, as the country’s new leader. Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) comfortably ahead of right-wing candidate Norman Quijano, 67, mayor of…

Thousands evacuated in El Salvador as Chaparrastique volcano spews ash

Some 2,000 people were evacuated in eastern El Salvador when the Chaparrastique volcano belched and spewed a column of ashes high into the sky. The 2,330 meter high volcano began erupting around 1630 GMT on Sunday, and authorities suspended scores of flights across parts of the small Central American country.…

Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or…

El Salvador Denies A Woman’s Right To Life

  So, it looks like El Salvador is going to go ahead and murder-through-neglect a 22-year-old woman who needs an abortion to live. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. The only way this is surprising is if you believe that “pro-life” policies have anything to do with…

El Salvador’s Supreme Court denies life-saving abortion to woman

El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing a 22-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, according to the Associated Press. In a 4-1 vote, the judges upheld the country’s strict abortion laws even though the woman’s fetus is missing most of its brain due to a…

Crime drops dramatically in El Salvador as gang truce expands

Rival Salvadoran street gangs on Saturday added a sixth city to a truce signed a year ago, in a hopeful sign for a peace pact that has dramatically lowered deaths from gang-related homicide. Members from the notorious Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs looked on as their leaders signed the…

El Salvador sets post-war murder record in 2011

El Salvador saw a post-civil war record number of murders in 2011, with at least 4,308 people killed in a crime epidemic in the country of 6.1 million, police said. National police announced the figure late Monday, saying it topped the 2009 rate of 4,223 murders, making 2011 the deadliest…

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