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Obama in El Salvador: Crime at Top of Agenda

President Obama will visit El Salvador today, the third leg of his Latin America tour. It's a stop that could mark a new U.S. awareness of the growing maelstrom of...
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Obama to Visit El Salvador While Guatemala is the New Front Line

Obama visits El Salvador this week to discuss drug trafficking, poverty and street gangs, but it is Guatemala that is the new front line in the drug war as the...
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Street Gang No More, MS-13 Moves into Organized Crime

El Salvador's infamous street gangs, including the Mara Salvatruchas (MS-13), are getting more deeply involved in drug trafficking and are poised to become major...
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RawFeed: State Dept Traces Narco Grenades

Retailers in the U.S. are a major source of weapons for Mexican drug trafficking organizations, but many of their armaments are from military...
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3 Months After Passing Anti-Gang Law, El Salvador’s Courts Await Implementation

Three months after the government passed a tough new law criminalizing gang membership, El Salvador’s Attorney General has yet to enforce it. Despite criticism...
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El Salvador Prison Workers Fired In Masse Corruption Sweep

The Salvadorean government has dismissed 330 prison staff members since Friday, in an attempt to crack down on gang...
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How ‘Mano Dura’ is Strengthening Gangs

The United Nations and U.S. Southern Command estimate there are approximately 70,000 gang members, or so-called maras, most of them concentrated in the Northern...
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Salvadoran Policeman Dies on Ranch controlled by ‘Zetas’ in Mexico

After the July 24 death of a Salvadoran policeman on a ranch in Mexico along the US border that Mexican authorities say was controlled by the Zetas criminal...
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El Salvador Implements New Gang Law

El Salvador's hard-line law against gang activity officially took effect on Sunday, although the Attorney General's Office told La Prensa Grafica the legislation is...