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Central America: Central geographic region of the Americas
Central America is a region found in the southern tip of North America and is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas. This region is bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The combined population of Central America is estimated to be between 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

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Salvadoran massacre victims still hunting 'truth and justice' 38 years later

Fidel Perez has abandoned his farm for the day to look on as investigators work in a remote cemetery in this Central American country, seeking answers to one of many tragedies in the Salvadoran civil..
Reuters - Published

Venezuela and El Salvador expel each others' diplomats

Venezuela's foreign ministry said on Sunday it was expelling El Salvador's diplomats from the country, in response to the Central American country's decision to kick out their counterparts representing..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Central America


U.S. officers train Guatemalan agents, see shortcomings [Video]U.S. officers train Guatemalan agents, see shortcomings

The U.S. training mission for Guatemalan security forces, which includes instruction in using biometric devices, stems from the first of two accords aimed at making the Central American country halt..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:34Published

U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal [Video]U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal

The U.S. and El Salvador have reached a joint deal on immigration without giving many additional details beyond those related to asylum claims. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

 

Venezuela expels El Salvador's diplomats in 'reciprocal' move

Venezuela's foreign ministry said on Sunday it was expelling El Salvador's diplomats from the country, in response to the Central American country's decision to expel diplomats representing Venezuelan..
Reuters - Published

El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats from the country

El Salvador said on Saturday it had ordered Venezuela's diplomats to leave the Central American country within 48 hours, arguing that the decision was in line with its position that Venezuelan..
Reuters - Published

Mexican immigration agents crack down on migrants as Trump touts "secret deal"

President Trump claims that the U.S. and Mexico have reached a "secret deal" to stop migration from Central America to the U.S. CBS News national correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports from Ciudad..
CBS News - Published

Brother of Honduran president found guilty in U.S. drug trial

Honduran politician Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez was found guilty of U.S. drug trafficking charges on Friday after a two-week trial that featured dramatic accusations of corruption against his..
Reuters - Published

Honduran president denies protection for drug traffickers

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez denied on Thursday that the Central American nation protects drug traffickers or is a narco state, following allegations in the U.S. trial of his brother that..
Reuters - Published

U.S. jury begins deliberating in drug trial of Honduran president's brother

Jurors on Thursday began deliberating in the U.S. drug trafficking case of Honduran politician Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, brother of the Central American country's current president, following a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. restores aid to Central America after reaching migration deals

The United States on Wednesday restored economic aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that had been cut off after the Trump administration complained the three Central American countries had done..
Reuters - Published

'Very rare' late-season tropical depression forms near Africa; forecasters also eye system in Central America

A tropical depression has formed off the coast of Africa in a rare location for so late in the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters say.  
USATODAY.com - Published

In southern Mexico, migrants gather in caravan aiming to reach U.S.

Several hundred migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America set off from southern Mexico on Saturday in a caravan headed to the United States, according to a Reuters witness and local..
Reuters - Published

The migrant caravans: A common road toward different fates

The images were dramatic: Central American migrants moving northward en masse through Mexico - men, women and children walking up to 30 miles a day, some hitching rides or catching freight trains.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Mexico border apprehensions fall again in September but remain high

The Trump administration on Tuesday said arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border fell in September for the fourth month in the row, and credited cooperation from Mexico and Central American countries in..
Reuters - Published

"I was separated from him. I was taken": 7-year-old torn from dad at U.S. border

Follow the harrowing journey of four migrant families fleeing the violence of Central America for the safety of the U.S., only to be split apart after arriving here
CBS News - Published

Honduras to take in Cubans and Nicaraguans under U.S. migration deal

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Thursday that a migration deal with U.S. government includes a provision for the Central American nation to receive Cubans and Nicaraguans seeking..
Reuters - Published

Honduras to accept more asylum seekers under latest U.S. immigration deal

Honduras signed a deal with the U.S. government on Wednesday that could push migrants who cross the country on the way to the United States back to seek asylum, in the latest bilateral deal with..
Reuters - Published

U.S. reaches asylum deal with Honduras

The Trump administration now has new immigration deals with all three countries in Central America's Northern Triangle
CBS News - Published

Trump administration announces the end of 'catch and release'; changes take effect soon

Acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced the end of the release of Central American families into the interior of the United States.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump's plan to cut aid to Central America could push more migrants to come to US

Cutting aid to Central America could fuel desperate conditions that drive immigrants to the United States’ southern border.
USATODAY.com - Published

Honduras, Cuba to sign deal on deporting some Cuban migrants: Honduran president

Honduras will sign an agreement with Cuba to deport Cubans who arrive in the Central American country illegally en route to the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. signs asylum deal with violence-ridden El Salvador to deter migrants

The Trump administration has signed an immigration accord with El Salvador designed to ensure the government of this small Central American country - one the most dangerous nations in the Western..
CBS News - Published

A Not-Just-Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday: A look at festivities in MacArthur Park, a Central American enclave. Also: President Trump’s visit, and Bay Area hip-hop.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. seeking to make Cubans seek asylum in Honduras: minister

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Tuesday that negotiations with the United States could make Cuban migrants passing through the Central American country seek refuge there.
Reuters - Published

OAS peace mission to Nicaragua says denied entry by Ortega government

A commission from the Organization of American States seeking to help broker an end to a political crisis in Nicaragua said on Sunday the government of President Daniel Ortega had barred its entry into..
Reuters - Published

United Nations to aid El Salvador anti-corruption body

The United Nations said on Thursday it will send a delegation to El Salvador within days as a first step toward supporting a newly unveiled national commission to combat corruption in the Central..
Reuters - Published

What the Supreme Court asylum ruling means for migrants

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold a Trump administration policy restricting many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. has sparked outrage among Democrats on Capitol Hill and..
CBS News - Published

Supreme Court Backs New Trump Asylum Restrictions

The policy requires many Central American migrants to seek and be denied asylum in another country before applying in the United States.
NYTimes.com - Published

Mexico sees decrease in U.S.-bound immigration from Central America

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a "significant decrease" in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central..
Reuters - Published

Mexican foreign minister cites sharp decrease in immigration to U.S.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a "significant decrease" in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central America, and..
Reuters - Published

Mexico says will focus on arms smuggling at U.S. meeting on migrant flows

Mexico said it would press the United States to halt arms smuggling across its border with Mexico at a pivotal meeting in Washington on Tuesday called to review progress in efforts to curb a recent..
Reuters - Published

U.S. credits Mexico, Central America for sharp drop in border arrests

The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut U.S. border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a..
Reuters - Published

Federal court reinstates nationwide injunction on Trump administration's asylum ban

The policy, which had been published in mid-July, would have banned most Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump administration weighs another cut to refugee cap for 2020

The Trump administration is considering further cuts to the annual cap on refugees as it diverts caseworkers to handle asylum claims from Central American families at the southern U.S. border, a senior..
Reuters - Published

Salvadoran prosecutors take aim, again, at woman in abortion case

The attorney general's office of El Salvador announced on Friday it will appeal last month's acquittal of a young woman accused of killing her stillborn son, marking what would be her third trial in..
Reuters - Published

Mexico expects relief on U.S. tariff threat as migrant flows drop

Mexico does not expect the United States to threaten to put tariffs on its goods when it holds talks next week with U.S. officials about its efforts to curb migration from Central America, Foreign..
Reuters - Published

Mexico prepares for migration meeting as U.S. deal expires

Mexico is preparing to set out the steps it has taken to curb illegal immigration under a deal struck with U.S. President Donald Trump in June to cut the number of Central American migrants traveling..
Reuters - Published

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries,..
Reuters - Published

U.S. urges Colombia and Central America to help stem migration

The U.S. government on Thursday called on Central American and Colombian authorities to help curb illegal immigration to the United States, widening the net of countries the Trump administration has..
Reuters - Published

Salvadoran woman acquitted in abortion case calls for reform

Evelyn Hernandez has a message for El Salvador's president: End the criminalization of abortion in the conservative Central American country.
Reuters - Published

Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old program funded by the U.S. government and run by a..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Guatemala election winner hopes to change Trump migrant deal

The winner of Guatemala's presidential election, Alejandro Giammattei, said on Sunday he hoped he could make changes to a controversial migration deal the Central American country signed with the Trump..
Reuters - Published

Honduras to analyze any U.S. safe third country migration plan

Honduras will analyze any U.S. plan to have the Central American country act as a so-called safe third country to help contain migration north, but it has yet to receive any official proposal, the..
Reuters - Published

Honduras has not received U.S. proposal for safe third country migration deal - official

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Saturday that the Central American country had not received an official proposal from the United States to act as a safe third country after..
Reuters - Published

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