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Why the Cachiros Liked Working With Honduras Politicians

Authorities in the United States charged a Honduras congressman and several members of a powerful political family with drug trafficking and related weapons crimes,...
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AG Silence Could Signal Difficult Path to Justice in Guatemala

Concern has been mounting since Guatemala’s new attorney general took office two months...
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US Official Rules Out Russian Meddling in Guatemala Anti-Graft Body

Guatemala’s president has been waging a battle against the country’s international anti-graft commission, and that battle has made it to the US Congress, where...
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El Salvador Gangs Influence Local Politics in the Capital: Report

Electoral pacts between politicians of all stripes and gangs in El Salvador are no longer surprising, but a new investigation has revealed the extent of these...
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Guatemala Judges Release Suspects in Major Corruption Case

The recent decision of two alternate judges in Guatemala to release 10 people implicated in an extensive customs fraud case that toppled a presidency in 2015 has...
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Honduras AG Reelection: A Pyrrhic Victory for the Status Quo?

Honduras' Congress rejected its own commission’s proposal for a replacement for the current attorney general, which could signal a temporary triumph for powerful...
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Honduras Corruption Scandal Casts Doubt on Attorney General Selection

The announcement of a graft investigation against almost 800 legislators in Honduras raises further questions about the legitimacy of the congressionally led...
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How Honduras’ MACCIH Loses, Even When It Wins

A new report says that the OAS-backed international judicial mission in Honduras has survived, even succeeded at times, despite numerous efforts by its enemies and...
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New Panama Law Small Stride Towards Shrugging Dirty Money Stigma

Panama is seeking to clean up its image as a financial crimes haven by passing new regulations but the process has been tarnished by its failure to address certain...
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Honduras Anti-Corruption Probe Implicates President, Opposition

Authorities in Honduras have accused dozens of officials and collaborators of diverting millions of dollars of public funds for political purposes. But the...
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Decision to Dissolve Guatemala President’s Party Rocks Government

The resolution issued by Guatemala’s electoral court to begin the suspension of the governing FCN-Nación party will be a litmus test for the country’s weakened...
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Honduras Trial Alleges Frightening First: MS13 Campaign Funding

Evidence presented in a Honduras court that a former mayor's campaign was partly financed by the MS13 -- the first such case in the country -- is a new sign...