Gangs

In this photo released by El Salvador Presidency Press Office police wearing masks as precautions against the new coronavirus guard inmates, also wearing masks, during a security operation after President Nayib Bukele decreed maximum emergency in prisons housing gang members at the Izalco prison in San Salvador, El Salvador, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Bukele ordered the emergency the day after more than twenty people were killed throughout country that authorities said were ordered from prisons. (El Salvador President Press Office via AP)
April 29, 2020 - 3:10 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Sealing some Salvadoran prisoners’ cells with sheet metal is a draconian measure sure to draw accusations of human rights violations, but President Nayib Bukele circulated photos of the cell modifications himself, counting on the support of a population traumatized...
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A National Civil Police Special Forces officer patrols past a mural of Armando Bukele, father of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, which was painted by supporters of the president outside a cultural center as a thank you gesture for creating the center when he was mayor, during the enforcement of the coronavirus-related quarantine, in the Iberia area of San Salvador, El Salvador, Thursday, April 23, 2020. When the coronavirus appeared, President Bukele closed the borders and airports and imposed a mandatory home quarantine for all except those working in the government, hospitals, pharmacies or other designated businesses. People were allowed out only to buy groceries, and violators were detained, with more than 2,000 being held for 30-day stints. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
April 28, 2020 - 12:11 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The most popular leader in Latin America is a slender, casually dressed millennial with an easy manner on Twitter and a harsh approach that critics call increasingly frightening. As his first year in power comes to a close, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele is...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo police guard next to a graffiti wall with the name of a gang as part of a routine patrol in Lourdes, La Libertad, El Salvador. The Human Rights Watch in the report being released Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, said that at least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed. The new report comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
February 05, 2020 - 12:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a new report that comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. A majority of the deaths documented by...
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A bus driver peers from his window, which he said was shot a few weeks ago, as he drives slowly through a security checkpoint in the El Milagro area of the Mixco municipality on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
January 17, 2020 - 2:26 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. Alejandro Giammattei said it will remain in place for seven days in Mixco and San Juan...
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, photo people seeking asylum in the United States wait at the border crossing bridge in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego. The number of people arrested or stopped entering the U.S. along the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans making up a larger than usual part of the mix, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)
January 09, 2020 - 10:29 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of people arrested or stopped entering the United States on the Mexico border fell for a seventh straight month in December, with Mexicans outpacing Central Americans among the detainees, authorities said Thursday. The tally helps explain why the U.S. has turned more...
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A family sits outside their home as forensic workers investigate a body at a crime scene in the Rivera Hernandez neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Nov. 30, 2019. MS-13. Mara 18. Los Vatos Locos _ The Crazy Guys. The gangs' shifting lines of control dodge and weave through Rivera Hernandez, a place where even the police are afraid. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
December 29, 2019 - 8:50 am
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — By now, the young couple thought they’d be in the United States. Somewhere, anywhere, in the United States. They thought they’d have jobs — he’d work construction, maybe she’d be a waitress. They thought they’d be safe. They thought they’d have asylum. Instead, an...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019 file photo, mourners gather at a funeral service for Chuen Kok at the Ng Fook Funeral Home in New York. Kok, an 83-year-old homeless man whom Chinatown residents warmly greeted as "uncle," was one of four men bludgeoned to death in the community last week. New York City's annual homicide total has eclipsed 300 for the first time since 2016, and other crime categories are also trending higher. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
December 28, 2019 - 2:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s annual homicide total has surpassed 300 for the first time since 2016, fueled by pockets of gang violence, a pair of quadruple killings and an unusual number of bookkeeping adjustments. Through Dec. 22, the city has tallied 311 homicides, compared with 290 at the...
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December 27, 2019 - 12:31 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top financial investigator on Friday reported on the webs of corruption and money laundering that thieves, traffickers and political figures have used to hide their wealth. Santiago Nieto, the head of Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit, said a federal judge took bribes...
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FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo rapper Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, performs during the Philipp Plein women's 2019 Spring-Summer collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to 2 years in prison Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 for his entanglement with a violent street gang that fueled his rise to fame, but was spared a much harsher possible sentence because of his extraordinary decision to become a star witness for prosecutors. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
December 18, 2019 - 4:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday by a judge who said his extraordinary cooperation with prosecutors let him dodge potential decades in prison but did not absolve him entirely for using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad.” The 23-year-...
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December 05, 2019 - 2:08 pm
BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday. Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield,...
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