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  • Guatemalan tennis player banned 2 years for match-fixing
    LONDON (AP) - Guatemalan player Christopher Diaz-Figueroa has been banned from tennis for two years for match-fixing.The Tennis Integrity Unit, which ...
    Daily Mail.  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:24:15 +0000.
  • Migrant caravan opts for safer, longer route to US border
    One month ago today, 1,000 people started walking from Northern Honduras, beginning a journey they hoped would end with a job in the United States.
    Robert Shaffer.  Fox News.  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:02:59 GMT.
  • Spanish-language reporter faces deportation from US
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Spanish-language reporter who faces deportation after his arrest while covering an immigration protest in Tennessee said Tuesday he was unjustly detained and faces danger if sent back to El Salvador. ...
    Adrian Sainz.  Washington Times.  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:22:19 -0500.
  • Thousands flee Nicaragua to escape government crackdown
    Over 300 people have been killed since protests started in April seeking President Ortega's resignation.
    Al Jazeera.  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:51:17 GMT.
  • Nicaragua: Anti-govt. Protests Caused $1B in Economic Damages
    Nicaragua's government said on Monday that the economic damages from protests against President Daniel Ortega between April and July amounted to almost $1 billion and that some 120,000 jobs were lost during the period. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:45:06 -0500.
  • Caravan To Nowhere: Five Fallacies That Stall Immigration Discourse
    A lose-lose scenario is moving toward the Southern U.S. border at a rate of 25 miles per day. No good solutions for either side will emerge when families finally arrive in caravans from Central America. ...
    By Rajshree Agarwal, Contributor.  Forbes.  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:11:00 -0500.
  • Imelda Cortez: Raped woman faces 20 years in jail for trying to abort her attacker's baby
    A young woman in El Salvador who fell pregnant after being repeatedly raped from the age of 11 by her stepfather could face up to two decades in jail for allegedly attempting to abort his child. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:14:00 -0500.
  • Rape victim in court over 'attempted abortion'
    A woman in El Salvador who fell pregnant after being raped by her stepfather could face 20 years in prison if found guilty of attempted abortion under the country's strict law.
    Sky News.  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:37:00 +0000.
  • Central American migrants resume their march towards U.S. border
    Hundreds of Central American migrants resumed their march north through Mexico on Saturday, en route to the U.S. border where President Donald Trump has effectively suspended the granting of asylum to migrants who cross illegally.
    Reuters.  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:30:09 -0500.
  • Trump's new move to limit asylum challenged in court
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. ...
    Colleen Long.  Washington Times.  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:36:57 -0500.
  • Hundreds of migrants leave Mexico City headed for border
    About 900 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one day more at a massive improvised shelter
    ABC News.  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:21:10 -0500.
  • Isaac, one of 1,000s of Central American migrants walking to US border
    A caravan of migrants who claim they are fleeing poverty and violence is making its way to the US border.
    BBC News.  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 00:18:21 GMT.
  • Trump signs declaration to limit asylum protections for migrants
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invoked extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 9 Nov 2018 10:41:30 EST.
  • Nicaragua arson attack kills six members of the same family
    Six members of one family died in an arson attack during clashes in Nicaragua.
    BBC News.  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:07:26 GMT.
  • Honduras to host Apparel Summit of the Americas
    Some of the biggest names in US activewear will assemble in Honduras later this month for the Apparel Summit of the Americas where attendees can tour the new United Textiles of Americas (UTEXA) synthetic yarn spinning operation.
    Just Style.  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:43:00 GMT.
Central America map, showing Central American countries and their capital cities

Facts About Central American States

The Central American nations include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, as well as Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.  For official news and information about selected nations in Central America, visit the government websites highlighted below.

Belize's capital city is Belmopan, and its national currency is the Belize Dollar.  English is the official language of Belize, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 294,000.

The Republic of Costa Rica's capital city is San Jose, and its national currency is the Costa Rican Colon.  Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 4,134,000.

The Republic of El Salvador's capital city is San Salvador, and its currency is the US Dollar.  El Salvador's official language is Spanish, and the country's estimated population in 2007 was 6.948,000.

The Republic of Guatemala's capital city is Guatemala City, and its national currency is the Quetzal.  Spanish is the most widely used language in Guatemala, and in 2007, the country's population was estimated at 12,728,000.

The Republic of Honduras' capital city is Tegucigalpa, and its national currency is the Lempira.  Spanish is the official language of Honduras, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 7,484,000.

The Republic of Nicaragua's capital city is Managua, and its national currency is the Cordoba.  Nicaragua's official language is Spanish, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,675,000.

The Republic of Panama's capital city is Panama City, and its national currency is the Balboa.  Panama's most commonly used language is Spanish, and the nation's population in 2007 was estimated at 3,242,000.


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