Honduran President Got $1M from El Chapo, US Says

And El Chapo makes three. The trial of a Honduran congressman charged with cocaine trafficking opened Wednesday with a U.S. prosecutor saying that Mexico’s most famous drug lord “personally delivered $1 million” for the congressman’s brother, who is president of Honduras.

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Refuge-Seekers Suffer a US Bait & Switch

Julio Lopez and his family faced a decision when they reached the U.S. border to seek asylum: cross illegally or follow government instructions to stay in Mexico, even if it meant waiting for months. The Salvadoran family waited to make their case, only to find out the Trump administration is no longer allowing in people like them.

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Paraguay: Uneasy Nexus of Drugs and Guns

Paraguay has long been considered one of the most corrupt countries in South America — Transparency International called it a “monolith of corruption” in a 2016 report. Its most corrupt regions are its 2,750-miles of borders with Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, where money — real and counterfeit — is smuggled and laundered, along with weapons, drugs, cigarettes and cars. 

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US Report: Separated Children Deeply Traumatized in Detention

The child-separation policy enacted by President Donald Trump inflicted high degrees of trauma on children already severely distressed by violence in their home countries or encountered during their journey, according to a government report released Wednesday.

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Retrial Begins for the ‘Aggravated Homicide’ of a Miscarriage

Retrial begins Thursday for a young Salvadoran woman facing 30 years in prison for the “aggravated homicide” of her fetus in a miscarriage. Though a judge cleared her in the first trial, the state appealed, raising profound questions for the country’s progressive new president and the nation’s powerful Catholic Church.

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A Popular Young President Shakes Things Up in El Salvador

The Left in Central America has suffered decades of hard times. Time was, it could form coalitions with liberals and have a voice in political discourse, at least within the circles of academia and progressive Christianity. But the economic sector in Central America — the bankers, ranchers and exporters — remain hostile to social improvements such as clean water and health care and education for the poor.

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