Gustavo Palencia

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1 May 2019 | 2:42 AM

Honduras Congress stalls reforms after violent protests

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The Honduran Congress announced on Tuesday it will suspend ratification of new health and education reforms that critics say would lead to privatisation and job losses, after mass protests against the policies left three people wounded and several buildings aflame.

12 Apr 2019 | 10:24 AM

Guatemala's anti-graft candidate slams brief detention in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA/GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan presidential hopeful known for taking on high-profile corruption cases as attorney general said on Thursday she was detained at an airport in Honduras before abruptly leaving the country shortly afterward.

17 Jan 2019 | 2:44 AM

Migrants depart from El Salvador as new U.S.-bound caravan forms

SAN SALVADOR/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - At least 150 Salvadoran migrants departed in a group for the United States on Wednesday, the latest in a string of such 'caravans' that U.S. President Donald Trump has used to build his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

30 Nov 2018 | 12:16 PM

Honduras court convicts seven men for killing indigenous activist

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A Honduran court convicted seven people on Thursday for the 2016 murder of indigenous land rights campaigner Berta Caceres, who led opposition to the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the ancestral lands of her Lenca tribe.

1 Nov 2018 | 6:17 PM

Drug cartels test Central America for cocaine production

GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Cocaine production is beginning to creep into Central America, a development which could bring the supply of the drug closer to the United States and create a new security risk for an already troubled region.

14 Oct 2018 | 2:34 AM

Honduran migrant group treks north as U.S. calls for tighter borders

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people, including families and women carrying babies, set off from Honduras towards the United States on Saturday, days after the United States urged Honduras' president to halt mass migration.

8 Oct 2018 | 6:49 AM

Heavy rains across Central America leave 12 dead

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Torrential rain in Central America that caused floods and landslides have killed 12 people in just a few days, rescue and emergency authorities across the region said on Sunday.

22 Jun 2018 | 10:53 AM

Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The Honduran toddler pictured sobbing in a pink jacket before U.S. President Donald Trump on an upcoming cover of Time magazine was not separated from her mother at the U.S. border, according to a man who says he is the girl's father.

5 May 2018 | 5:54 AM

Trump administration moves to expel some 57,000 Hondurans

NEW YORK/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Friday it will end temporary protections for immigrants in the United States from Honduras on Jan. 5, 2020, leaving potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation.

11 Apr 2018 | 6:57 AM

Honduran coca raid signals shift to cocaine production, authorities say

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The second seizure of a coca plantation in Honduras within a year shows drug gangs are seeking to cut costs and turn the small Central American state into a producer rather than a transit hub for U.S.-bound cocaine, authorities said on Tuesday.