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Stories with place: Central America
  • El Salvador officials deactivate powerful car bomb 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 9:14 pm

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - A powerful bomb was found in a car parked near El Salvador's security ministry, but experts were able to deactivate it, the country's defense minister said Saturday.

  • Lawmakers urge lifting immunity of Guatemalan president story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 6:04 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - A legislative commission on Saturday urged Guatemala's congress to lift President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case that has already seen his former vice president jailed and much of his cabinet resign.

  • Japan beats Mexico 1-0 at Little League World Series story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 4:35 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Yugo Aoki singled for Tokyo's first hit in the seventh inning, and then scored on a fielder's choice to help Japan beat Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, 1-0 on Saturday for a spot in the championship game of the Little League World Series.

  • Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 2:08 pm

    ATLANTA - To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.

  • Mexico adoption-for-cash scheme took babies from mothers 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:09 pm

    MEXICO CITY - A child welfare official in northern Mexico took at least nine babies from poor or drug-addicted mothers and offered them to adoptive parents in exchange for payments ranging from $5,000 to $9,000, authorities said Friday.

  • Truckee Meadows Community College president Sheehan retiring 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:12 pm

    RENO, Nevada - Truckee Meadows Community College President Maria Sheehan says she will retire in January to do volunteer work in Central America.

  • Cousin of drug kingpin sentenced to 16 years in prison 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:22 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison.

  • Mexican ambassador-designate downplays Donald Trump comments 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 1:12 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's ambassador-designate to Washington sought to downplay Donald Trump's comments on Mexico, telling a Senate confirmation hearing on Friday that Trump is simply playing politics.

  • Suspect in 2005 Navajo County cold case died in Mexico 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:44 pm

    HOLBROOK, Arizona - Navajo County Sheriff's officials say a 10-year-old Arizona homicide case appears to be closed with the reported death of the only known suspect.

  • Mexico advances to International title game at LLWS 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:27 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Left-hander Daniel Zaragoza gave up only three hits and doubled home a pair of runs Thursday, leading Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, to an 11-0 victory over Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and a berth in the International championship game at the Little League World Series.

  • Mexico interim coach Ferretti excludes Ochoa for friendlies 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 5:48 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's new interim coach Ricardo Ferretti has left goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and brothers Jonathan and Giovani Dos Santos out of the squad for the upcoming friendlies next month against Trinidad and Tobaho and Argentina.

  • Mexico replaces security chief and foreign relations head 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 5:28 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto replaced the country's national security chief on Thursday, 1 ½ months after top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison.

  • UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 1:05 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

  • US blocks Nicaragua bid to extradite FIFA case suspect 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:51 am

    BERN, Switzerland - The United States has blocked Nicaragua's attempt to extradite FIFA bribery case suspect Julio Rocha to his home country.

  • Olimpia beats Sounders 1-0 in CONCACAF play 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 12:08 am

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Alberth Elis scored in the 60th minute to help Olimpia beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Wednesday night in CONCACAF Champions League play.

  • Japan beats Venezuela, reaches LLWS bracket title game 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:05 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Tokyo got down to its final strike before tying it in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then rallied again to overcame a two-run deficit in the eighth for a 5-4 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday and a berth in the International bracket title game at the Little League World Series.

  • Mexico airlifts big cats, coyote to US wildlife sanctuary story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:55 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Mexican environmental authorities loaded eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday, after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.

  • Guatemalan ex-vice president held during corruption trial story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 3:02 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - A judge ordered Guatemala's former vice president to remain in jail Wednesday while she stands trial on charges of conspiracy, customs fraud and bribery, based on allegations that she accepted $3.7 million in bribes as part of the scandal that forced her from office.

  • Allá bookstore is Santa Fe man's portal to Latin America 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:08 am

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - One of the nation's few Spanish-language bookstores hides in plain sight among art galleries, clothing stores and restaurants off the Santa Fe Plaza. Tourists and locals walking along West San Francisco Street can easily miss the second-floor shop where Jim Dunlap holds forth among wooden shelves filled with Latin American literature, history and art books, CDs and tapes of obscure regional folk music, and other items that reflect his interests.

  • Mexico's 11-1 win eliminates Taiwan from Little League WS story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:53 pm

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania - Catcher Raul Leon drove in five runs with a homer and a single, and Mexico eliminated Taipei, Taiwan with an 11-1 victory on Tuesday at the Little League World Series.

  • Attorney General: El Salvador uncovers gang explosives plot 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:14 pm

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Salvadoran Attorney General Luis Martinez said Tuesday that authorities had captured a group of gang members who were preparing an attack with explosives on him and other government institutions.

  • In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 6:07 pm

    CAIRO - A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

  • For Guatemala ex-dictator, trial but no punishment story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:31 pm

    GUATEMALA CITY - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt can stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity - but can't be sentenced because the 89-year-old suffers from dementia, according to a court's decision announced Tuesday.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:06 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.

  • Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 4:49 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday.