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Central America: Central geographic region of the Americas
Central America is a region in the southern tip of North America and is sometimes defined as a subregion 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: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The combined population of Central America is estimated at 44.53 million (2016).

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U.S.-Mexico restrict non-essential travel along border [Video]

U.S.-Mexico restrict non-essential travel along border

The United States and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel over their shared border in an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, U.S. President Donald Trump and his Secretary..

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Guatemala seeks to limit migrants returned under U.S. agreement [Video]

Guatemala seeks to limit migrants returned under U.S. agreement

Guatemala's new government is trying to limit the number of foreign migrants the United States sends its way under an agreement that makes the Central American nation a buffer zone to reduce U.S...

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Guatemala seeks to limit migrants returned under U.S. asylum agreement [Video]

Guatemala seeks to limit migrants returned under U.S. asylum agreement

Guatemala's new government is trying to limit the number of foreign migrants the United States sends its way under an agreement that makes the Central American nation a buffer zone to reduce U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:37Published

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Guatemala bans internal travel for Easter to curb coronavirus spread

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has banned travel between the different departments of the Central American country before and during Easter to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Thousands of Central Americans detained for flaunting coronavirus rules

Thousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating rules put in place by their governments to curb the fast-spreading new coronavirus in a region that has fewer medical..
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Panama registers 1,475 coronavirus cases, 37 deaths

Panama's health ministry said on Thursday it had registered 1,475 coronavirus cases in the Central American country, an increase of 158 from a day earlier.
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Migrants in Central American limbo as coronavirus relocation plans falter

Thousands of African, Haitian and Asian migrants bound for the United States have amassed in immigration shelters in Panama and Costa Rica as plans to relocate them to less crowded areas to lower the..
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Nicaragua reports first death from coronavirus

Nicaragua has registered the Central American country's first death from coronavirus, an HIV-positive person with multiple health conditions, the health ministry on Thursday
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Panama reports 116 new coronavirus cases and nine total deaths

Panama registered 116 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, health officials said, bringing the Central American country's total number of cases to 674.
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Costa Rica confirms 30 new coronavirus cases, total now at 231

Costa Rican Health Minister Daniel Salas said on Thursday that there are 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing the total number or cases to 231.
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Panama reports nearly 30% jump in new coronavirus cases

Panama health officials reported 68 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, up 28% from the previous day, bringing the total number of infected persons in the Central American country to 313.
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'Zero season': Costa Rica tourism industry braces for coronavirus meltdown

Hoteliers, tour operators and restaurant owners in Costa Rica are bracing for their worst season on record after the Central American country closed its border until mid-April to tackle the coronavirus..
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Honduran government says confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 24

The Honduran government said on Thursday the number of registered cases of coronavirus infection in the Central American country had risen to 24.
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New York, Los Angeles shut bars, restaurants, world's central banks coordinate on coronavirus

Bars, restaurants, theaters and movie houses in New York and Los Angeles were ordered to shut down and several nations in South and Central America closed their borders in the latest moves around the..
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South, Central American nations tighten borders to combat coronavirus

Guatemala logged its first fatality from coronavirus on Sunday as nations in South and Central America ramped up measures to contain the infection, with Panama banning entry of non-resident foreigners..
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Guatemala reports first coronavirus death, an elderly man back from Spain

Guatemala has registered its first fatality from coronavirus infection, an elderly man who had recently visited Madrid, Health Minister Hugo Monroy said on Sunday, in one of the first deaths from the..
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Costa Rica closes bars and discos over coronavirus, infections rise

The Costa Rican government has ordered the closure of all bars and discos to combat the spread of coronavirus as the tally of registered infections in the Central American country rose to 35, the..
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Central American countries up fight against coronavirus

Central American countries took further and tougher steps to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus on Saturday with measures ranging from bans on large gatherings to travel restrictions.
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El Salvador Congress backs emergency measures to stop coronavirus

El Salvador's Congress on Saturday approved a series of emergency measures sought by President Nayib Bukele to prevent the spread of coronavirus into the Central American country and to off the risk of..
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Honduras registers third coronavirus case, president says

Honduran authorities have detected the Central American country's third case of coronavirus infection, President Juan Orlando Hernandez said on Friday.
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Panama coronavirus tally rises to 36, includes three foreigners

Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner on Friday said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American country has risen to 36, and includes three foreigners.
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Honduras' biggest university suspends operations to contain coronavirus

Honduras' National Autonomous University, the largest university in the Central American country with about 87,000 students, will suspend operations indefinitely to prevent the spread of coronavirus,..
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Salvadoran police face trial for murder of trans woman deported from U.S.

Three police officers in El Salvador will be tried for the murder of a transgender woman who was deported from the United States two years ago after failing to prove her life was at risk in the violent..
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Panama orders short-term closure of all schools due to coronavirus

Panama's government ordered the temporary closure of all schools, public and private, due to coronavirus concerns, officials with the Central American nation's education and health ministries said on..
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Costa Rica reports 22 coronavirus cases, nearly double prior tally

Costa Rica's health ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the Central American country increased to 22, up from 13 previously reported.
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Panama confirms first coronavirus case after woman showed symptoms

A 40-year-old woman in Panama has tested positive for coronavirus, the country's health minister said on Monday, marking the first such case in the Central American nation.
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Panama's health ministry confirms first coronavirus case

A 40-year-old women in Panama has tested positive for coronavirus, the country's health minister said on Monday, marking the first such case in the Central American nation.
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Costa Rica confirms first coronavirus case in Central America

Costa Rica's government on Friday said it confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in a 49-year-old woman from the United States who is in the Central American nation with her husband.
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Exclusive: Guatemala seeks to limit migrants returned under U.S. asylum agreement

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Dominican Republic turns away cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Port authorities in the Dominican Republic on Thursday turned away a cruise ship on a tour of the Caribbean and Central America over fears some passengers might have the coronavirus.
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Guatemala approves civil society restrictions despite U.S. pressure

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Thursday signed into law new rules that increase government oversight of non-profit groups operating in the Central American country, despite international..
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Indigenous leader killed in Costa Rica, second in a year

An indigenous leader from Costa Rica was killed on Monday night during a violent land dispute between groups native to the south of the Central American country and outsiders, police said on Tuesday.
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Central Americans sent to Mexico by U.S. increasingly victims of kidnappings: aid group

Central Americans asylum seekers sent to Mexico by the United States to await their U.S. court dates increasingly become the victims of kidnappings and other types of violence, aid group Doctors..
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El Salvador president's power play stokes democracy concerns

President Nayib Bukele's use of armed soldiers in El Salvador's parliament over the weekend has alarmed political foes and rights groups, with growing fears about democratic backsliding in the..
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One dead, 81 injured in Mexico after truck ferrying migrants overturns

One person died and 81 others were injured on Tuesday when a truck crammed with Central American migrants flipped over in Southern Mexico on a highway that leads to the United States, according to..
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Guatemala imposes travel restrictions to stop entry of coronavirus

Guatemala is imposing travel restrictions on people who have recently been in China to prevent the new coronavirus entering the Central American country, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Friday.
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Mexico is the wall: president under fire over migration clampdown

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces growing criticism he is doing U.S. President Donald Trump's bidding after erecting a "wall" of security forces who clashed with Central American..
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Mexican president says Central American caravans driven by political forces

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday a caravan of Central American migrants that crossed into Mexico this week was not spontaneous, signaling that Honduran activists were..
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Mexican security forces detain 800 Central American migrants

Mexican authorities on Thursday adopted tougher measures against Central American migrants, detaining 800 of them who had entered Mexico illegally from Guatemala intending to reach the border with the..
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Mexican security forces corral migrants after hundreds enter from Guatemala

Dozens of Mexican security forces corralled a caravan of Central Americans who entered from Guatemala on Thursday, testing Mexico's resolve to contain mass movements of people under pressure from the..
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Hundreds of Central Americans enter Mexico under watch of security forces

Hundreds of Central Americans crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico early on Thursday, testing the Mexican government's resolve to stem the movement of people north under pressure from the United..
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Caravan of hundreds of Central Americans moves into Mexico

Hundreds of Central Americans crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico early on Thursday, testing the Mexican government's resolve to stem the movement of people north under pressure from the United..
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'Mexico doesn't want us': migrants get stuck at Mexico-Guatemala border

Hundreds of Central Americans trying to reach the United States were stuck at the Mexico-Guatemala border on Wednesday after the Mexican government beefed up security to meet U.S. demands to contain..
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New Guatemalan government won't cancel U.S. asylum deal

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo on Wednesday said the new government in the Central American nation will continue to receive Honduran and El Salvadoran migrants returned from the United States..
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Mexico halts migrant caravan, deports hundreds to Honduras

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Mexico says halted migrant caravan that entered country illegally

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U.S. Secretary of State says Nicaragua is authoritarian regime

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday described Nicaragua as an authoritarian regime and urged the Central American country's embattled president, Daniel Ortega, to support free and fair..
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Children go missing as Central American migrants clash with Mexican forces

Mexican security forces fired tear gas at rock-hurling Central American migrants who waded across a river into Mexico earlier on Monday, in a chaotic scramble that saw mothers separated from their..
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Central American migrants ford river into Mexico, chuck rocks

Hundreds of Central Americans waded across a river into Mexico on Monday, some clashing with waiting security forces, in a new challenge for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's efforts to contain..
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U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala

A large caravan of Central Americans was preparing to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Monday, posing a potential challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to help the United States..
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Large migrant caravan prepares to enter Mexico from Guatemala

A large caravan of Central Americans was preparing to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Monday, posing a potential challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to help the United States..
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