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While Trying to Reach US, Things Took a Gruesome Turn

Smugglers handed David Sanabria and his daughter over to kidnappers

(Newser) - In November 2020, Hurricanes Eta and Iota took everything from David Sanabria and his young daughter Ximena in their native Honduras. With the crops they relied on for survival destroyed, the 32-year-old worked out a plan with his brother Denis, who lived in Nashville. As Noticias Telemundo Investiga reporter Juan...

Ex-Dam Company Boss Convicted in Activist Berta Caceres' Murder

Roberto David Castillo Mejía masterminded the slaying

(Newser) - A Honduran man was convicted of homicide Monday in the 2016 killing of Berta Cáceres, a prize-winning environmental and Indigenous rights defender. After a three-month trial, the court unanimously found Roberto David Castillo Mejía guilty of participating in the killing of Cáceres, a member of the Lenca...

For First Time in 1,168 Days, She Walked Out of Utah Church

Vicky Chavez took sanctuary in the church with her 2 young daughters

(Newser) - After over three years living in a Salt Lake City church to avoid being deported, Honduran immigrant Vicky Chavez stepped outside Thursday with tears in her eyes as church congregants and friends cheered, celebrating her newfound freedom, the AP reports. Chavez and her two young daughters took sanctuary in First...

Boy in Texas Saw Snow for the First Time, Died the Next Day

Family suspects Honduras native Cristian Pavon died of hypothermia in bed

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy from Honduras asked his mother to film him playing in the first snow he'd ever seen in Conroe, Texas, on Monday. It would be the last footage of him alive. Cristian Pavon's family lost power to their mobile home on Sunday night, but Cristian never...

Honduras Struggles for Relief After Ravaging by Hurricanes

With thousands living in shelters, COVID-19 fears build

(Newser) - Nearly a month after being hit by the second of two November hurricanes, Honduras is struggling with the widespread loss of homes, farms, businesses, schools, roads, and bridges. Many are without power and clean water. People are still being rescued by boat, NPR reports, and cities are swamped by mudslides...

Rain From Latest Hurricane Could Measure in Feet, Not Inches

Hurricane Eta threatens flooding in Central America

(Newser) - Hurricane Eta erupted quickly into a potentially catastrophic major hurricane Monday as it headed for Central America, where forecasters warned of massive flooding and landslides across a vulnerable region, the AP reports. Eta was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150mph late Monday, the US National Hurricane...

Powerful New Hurricane Heads to Central America

Some places could get 25 to 35 inches of rain

(Newser) - Hurricane Eta erupted quickly into a potentially catastrophic major hurricane Monday as it headed for Central America, where forecasters warned of massive flooding and landslides across a vulnerable region. Eta had maximum sustained winds of 120mph and was located about 85 miles east of the Nicaragua-Honduras border, according to the...

7.7 Quake Triggers Tsunami Threat
7.7 Quake Triggers
Tsunami Threat
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7.7 Quake Triggers Tsunami Threat

Buildings shook as far as Miami

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday, the AP reports. It was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10pm EST and the epicenter...

Mexico Breaks Up Migrant Caravan
Mexico Breaks Up
Migrant Caravan

Mexico Breaks Up Migrant Caravan

800 people were rounded up after crossing border

(Newser) - Eight hundred Central American migrants were rounded up and hauled onto buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway. The migrants had stopped for the day at a shaded crossroads when hundreds of national guard...

Prosecutor Reveals an Alleged $1M Bribe Paid by 'El Chapo'

Claims Guzman gave the money to the Honduras leader's brother

(Newser) - Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán personally gave $1 million in bribes to the brother of Honduras' president to pass on to the Central American leader—who swiftly denied wrongdoing. Prosecutor Jason Richman revealed the allegation in a federal court in...

Trump Pact With Honduras 'Seals Off' Central America

Administration signs deal to send asylum seekers to country

(Newser) - The Trump administration signed a deal Wednesday with a third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States, the AP reports. The latest agreement, signed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, paves the way to send asylum-seekers...

It Wasn't Good Fishing Weather. The Boat Went Out Anyway

Now 27 are dead, 9 are missing after fishing boat capsizes, sinks off coast of Honduras

(Newser) - At least 27 fishermen died after a fishing vessel capsized and sank during bad weather Wednesday in the Caribbean off Honduras' northern coast, the Central American country's military says. The AP reports that nine people are missing and 55 others have been rescued. Jose Domingo Meza, a spokesman for...

Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a National Emergency
Trump Calls Migrant Caravan
a National Emergency
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Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a National Emergency

Thousands of Central Americans marching north are now in Mexico

(Newser) - The size of a migrant caravan marching north toward the US border is increasing in size even as President Trump escalates his rhetoric. In a series of tweets Monday, Trump called the caravan a national emergency, blamed Democrats for weak immigration laws, asserted that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners"...

Trump Floats Conspiracy Theory on Migrants

Asserts that 'a lot of money' is being paid for people to join caravan ahead of midterms

(Newser) - A new mass group of migrants in Central America is walking toward the US border, and President Trump on Thursday suggested the timing is fishy so close to the midterms. At a rally in Montana, Trump seemed to back a conspiracy theory that Democrats or their supporters were paying migrants...

Trump Warns Mexico, Says He'll Send Military to Border

President wants caravan of migrants from Honduras to be turned away

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that he's ready to send the US military to the border to keep a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants out. In a series of tweets , Trump also reiterated threats to withhold financial aid to Central American nations, with particular attention to Mexico. "I must,...

Another Immigrant 'Caravan' Draws Attention of Trump
Looming Border Showdown
Is Inching Its Way North
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Looming Border Showdown Is Inching Its Way North

President warns Honduras over 'caravan' of immigrants headed toward US

(Newser) - Back in April, a "caravan" of immigrants marching across Central America toward the US border drew the attention of President Trump. Now comes round two. On Tuesday, Trump issued a warning to Honduras, where most of the immigrants in the latest group are from: "The United States has...

Honeymooner Dead After Crashing Into Wife on Zipline

Newlywed Israeli couple were in the Honduras

(Newser) - An unthinkable honeymoon accident: A newlywed Israeli man crashed into his wife while ziplining in Honduras, killing him and leaving his wife seriously injured, reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency . "The girl stayed halfway on the cable and the guy came from behind and hit her up there," local...

Girl in Border Photo Was Never Taken From Her Mom

Honduran toddler who became face of border separations wasn't actually separated herself

(Newser) - A photo of an immigrant toddler on the cover of Time may not be depicting exactly what everyone thinks. The image of the Honduran girl, seen crying on the cover in front of a digitally added President Trump, was originally taken by Getty photographer John Moore. He captured the photo...

Thousands of Hondurans in US Will Need to Leave

US ends immigration protections put in place after hurricane

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Friday that it is ending special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans, adding them to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from other countries battered by violence and natural disasters who are losing permission to be in the US. The US Department of Homeland Security's...

Dam Exec Arrested in Activist's Death

Roberto David Castillo is nabbed in Honduras

(Newser) - Honduran authorities arrested an executive with a dam development company Friday in the 2016 killing of indigenous and environmental activist Berta Caceres, calling him an intellectual author of a crime that sparked an international outcry, the AP reports. Roberto David Castillo Mejia, who at the time of the slaying was...

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