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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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Nicaraguan police accuse anti-government protesters of planning attacks

Nicaraguan police on Monday accused 16 anti-government protesters of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the Central American country, which has been rocked by more than a year-and-a-half of..
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U.S. says no plans to send asylum seekers to remote Guatemalan regions

The U.S. government said on Saturday that it had no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the Central American country floated the plan during negotiations for a bilateral..
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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..

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Guatemala could send asylum seekers to remote regions: top official

Guatemala could send asylum seekers to some of the country's most remote regions, a top official said on Saturday, as the Central American country and the United States move closer to finalizing..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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'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,..
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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..
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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.
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Donald Trump's administration announces new rules that can deny green cards to immigrants on welfare programmes

Donald Trump's administration had recently sent back 30,000 Central American immigrants from the US-Mexico border.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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Pelosi skeptical about Trump migration plan for El Salvador

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised concern about El Salvador's ability to cope with a tough migration deal being pursued by the Trump Administration as she led a U.S...
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In Guatemala, Pelosi says migrant treatment 'shameful', worries about Trump deal

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration..
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House Speaker Pelosi in Central America as Trump seeks asylum deals

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional delegation to Central America on Thursday as the Trump administration presses countries there to stop U.S.-bound asylum seekers..
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Unpopularity contest to decide Guatemalan presidential election

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei could make it fourth time lucky in Guatemala's presidential runoff on Sunday if misgivings about his opponent among urban voters outweigh her support in the Central..
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Mexican prosecutors investigate police shooting of Central American migrant

Mexican authorities are investigating the death of a Central American father shot by police in the northern city of Saltillo, state prosecutors said Thursday.
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In anti-abortion El Salvador, woman faces second homicide trial after baby stillborn

Salvadoran maid Evelyn Hernandez says she did not realize she was pregnant when as an 18-year-old she delivered a stillborn son after a three-day stomach ache. A court in the Central American country,..
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Guatemala's shortcomings raise doubts about U.S. migration deal

Guatemala's refugee agency meets only sporadically and operates on a bare-bones basis, adding to doubts about how the crime-wracked, impoverished Central American country will cope with a surge in..
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Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and toward the United..
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Mexican president says Mexico could not commit to safe third-country agreement: Bloomberg

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday Mexico had not and could not commit to a safe third-country agreement like the one Guatemala signed with the United States to stop a flow of..
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Guatemalan presidential candidates question U.S. migration deal

The two contenders to be Guatemala's next president questioned on Saturday the validity of a deal struck by the country's government with the United States that aims to curb the flow of migrants north..
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After Trump threat, Guatemala signs immigration asylum deal

The United States and Guatemala signed a so-called safe third country immigration asylum agreement on Friday just days after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central..
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Trump says Mexico may put more troops at the border with U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is trying to stem the flow of mostly Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States from Mexico, said on Wednesday that Mexico may put more troops at the..
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'Guatemala has not been good': Trump threatens tariffs, fees on migrant cash

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering a "ban," tariffs and remittance fees after Guatemala decided not to ink a safe third country agreement that would have required the poor Central..
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Guatemala blames opponents after Trump tariff threat

Guatemala's Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel on Tuesday blamed unnamed "national actors" for damaging relations with the United States and said they would be responsible if U.S. President Donald Trump..
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Trump says he's considering options after Guatemala halts 'safe third country' designation

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is now considering a "ban," tariffs and remittance fees after Guatemala decided to not move forward with a safe third country agreement that would have required the..
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