TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Anti-riot police fired tear gas and protesters threw Molotov cocktails during a mass demonstration in the Honduran capital against government proposals for health and education reforms that critics say would lead to privatisation and job losses. At least four buildings were set on fire, including the Tegucigalpa mayor's office, as the demonstration turned violent, officials in the Central American republic said. Protesters, many of them hooded, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police and buildings, setting several on fire, as anti-riot police fired tear gas in a bid to stop them from advancing on the buildings. The protests took place as a work-stoppage continued in schools and some hospitals, after unions representing teachers and doctors launched strikes late last week. President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who leads a conservative government allied with the United States, has defended the two bills as needed overhauls of the health and public education … [Read more...] about Honduran protesters torch mayor’s office in rally against reforms
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By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's incoming president Nayib Bukele said on Tuesday he would not be inviting the leaders of Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela to his June 1 inauguration after criticizing them as illegitimate rulers. In a Twitter post, the 37-year-old Bukele confirmed news reports that invitations were not being extended to Juan Orlando Hernandez, president of neighbouring Honduras, Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua, or Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bukele, who won an election in February, did not say why the presidents would not be asked, but he has previously criticized all three as men who did not deserve to be in power due to controversies that have clouded their administrations. The 2017 re-election of Hernandez, a conservative ally of the United States, has been questioned by many, including Bukele, due to a disputed vote count that took weeks to resolve. Hernandez appeared to be on track to suffer a shock loss in the election … [Read more...] about Honduran, Nicaraguan, Venezuelan leaders not invited to Salvadoran’s swearing-in
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, during which prosecutors said he smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S.After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.Guzmán, 61, now faces life in prison.More than 56 prosecution witnesses were called to the stand at the heavily-secured federal courthouse in Brooklyn over the course of 35 days.The seven women and five men of the jury listened to movie-esque tales of brutal murders of cartel enemies, political payoffs, elaborate schemes to traffic drugs, two brazen escapes that almost became three and even a love triangle. 35 PHOTOS Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman See Gallery Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, … [Read more...] about Drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán found guilty of funneling tons of narcotics into the U.S.
By Nelson Renteria and Noe Torres SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Salvadorans voiced hope for a changed country on Monday after political outsider Nayib Bukele won a sweeping victory in the presidential election with a pledge to tackle the corruption and violence plaguing the Central American nation. Bukele, 37, a former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, won 53 percent of the vote with returns counted from 99.9 percent of polling stations, the national electoral tribunal said on Monday, allowing him to clinch the presidency in the first round of voting. His emphatic victory in Sunday's election was a stunning rebuke to the two political parties that had dominated El Salvador since its civil war, the ruling leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and its long-standing rival, the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). Bukele's promises to modernize government and his dynamic use of social media have energized young Salvadorans, eager for an end to the economic … [Read more...] about Salvadorans voice hope for change after outsider sweeps to presidency
By Nelson Renteria and Noe Torres SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Salvadorans will vote in the first round of a presidential election on Sunday, with an energetic former mayor campaigning as an anti-corruption outsider set to win the top job and end decades of a two-party system. Nayib Bukele, 37, has capitalized on the anti-establishment feeling sweeping elections across the region and further afield, as voters seek an alternative to traditional parties. Since the end of its bloody civil war in 1992, El Salvador has been governed by just two parties: ruling leftists the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), and its rival, the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA). Though he describes himself as from the left, and was expelled from the FMLN, Bukele has formed a coalition with parties including a right-wing one who together have just 11 seats in the legislature. Pollster Mitofsky said in a January poll that Bukele had 57 percent of voter support, while a poll by … [Read more...] about El Salvador votes for new president, with anti-corruption outsider in lead