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November 3, 1988 | Associated Press
A strong earthquake today off the coast of El Salvador terrified residents of the capital and shook much of Central America, but no damage or casualties were reported. Thousands of people ran into the streets of San Salvador, where an earthquake two years ago killed 1,500 people and injured 20,000. Readings on the 8:47 a.m. quake varied. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said it had a magnitude of 6 and was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles off El Salvador.
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March 13, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Salvadoran electoral authorities on Thursday declared leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a bitterly contested presidential election, but the political right refused to accept the loss. Tension continued to run high in the small Central American country four days after a runoff vote favored Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla commander, by the tiniest of margins, according to a final count by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The tribunal said Sanchez Ceren, of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)
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NEWS
October 27, 1992
With tensions escalating, Saturday is the final deadline for El Salvador's leftist guerrillas and the U.S.-backed army to meet terms of a U.N.-brokered agreement that seeks to end 12 years of civil war. Under the treaty, guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front are to lay down their weapons and demobilize by the deadline. Similarly, the army is to disband several elite battalions and reduce its 63,000-member force by half.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - El Salvador's presidential runoff was so close Sunday night that election officials declined to name a winner until a final count Monday. Adding to the confusion of the evening, left- and right-wing parties each declared victory, while conservative candidate Norman Quijano, who was trailing by just a few thousand votes, alleged in a blistering speech that the count was fraudulent. With nearly 3 million votes tallied - more than 99% of the total - Quijano, of the right-wing Arena party, was trailing Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was a leftist guerrilla during the country's civil war, by 4,403 votes, according to the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
NEWS
November 14, 1989 | From Reuters
Salvadoran authorities placed half the population of the capital under a 24-hour curfew today and said 466 people had died in a three-day guerrilla offensive. As mortars and machine guns echoed through the city, a guerrilla commander in one rebel-controlled suburb called for a cease-fire to let civilians leave embattled neighborhoods. Col.
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October 20, 1988 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
El Salvador's lengthy civil war appeared to have moved into a new stage Wednesday after at least four powerful bombs were set off in affluent neighborhoods of San Salvador, the capital, late Tuesday. Half a dozen people were injured in the blasts, and damage to nearby shops and restaurants was reported to be extensive. The explosions marked the addition of a new type of urban terrorism to the already brutal battles that have been fought largely in the countryside and smaller cities.
NEWS
January 17, 1992 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With ringing church bells and exploding fireworks, religion and rock 'n' roll, thousands of Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front guerrillas and their supporters celebrated the end of a 12-year civil war Thursday under a searing midday sun in downtown San Salvador. Rebel banners draped the Metropolitan Cathedral, where two rebel radio stations--Venceremos and Farabundo Marti--broadcast live to combatants in the mountains.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As fighting intensified around guerrilla strongholds in the Salvadoran capital Wednesday, a thunderous explosion shook the roomful of slum dwellers holed up in a Catholic mission called St. Mary of the Poor in Santa Marta. A rocket-propelled grenade, apparently aimed at a rebel bunker 50 yards away, crashed into the gray, concrete-block shelter, wounding two children and two adults among 150 people already driven from their shacks, witnesses said.
NEWS
June 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Four U.S. Marine embassy guards, an American businessman and nine other people were killed late Wednesday night when gunmen dressed as Salvadoran soldiers raked two crowded sidewalk cafes with automatic weapons fire in the Zona Rosa nightclub district of San Salvador, the U.S. Embassy said. Two Marines escaped injury in the 10-minute attack, the embassy spokesman said. Witnesses reported that three Marines were wounded but the embassy spokesman denied that report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1999 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask Hector Silva, the Boston-born gynecologist who is the mayor of San Salvador, about politics in his country, and he is likely, as he did with a Los Angeles audience Saturday, to describe the current situation with a slogan from an American cigarette ad: "You've come a long way, baby." Silva, whose gray-speckled beard evokes a slight resemblance to Fidel Castro, claims to embody a new kind of leader in a country that was once a focal point of the U.S.-Soviet superpower standoff.
WORLD
February 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A former left-wing guerrilla leader held a wide lead in El Salvador's presidential race Sunday night, but it was unclear whether Salvador Sanchez Ceren could avoid a runoff. With 57% of the ballots tallied, Sanchez Ceren, the vice president of El Salvador, had a bit more than 49% of the vote. If he draws more than 50%, he will avoid a runoff provisionally scheduled for March 9. Norman Quijano, a former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, came in second, with 38% of the vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen brothers. First published in 1933, the three dozen stories in "Tales of Clay" evoke the harsh lives and slangy rural idiom of El Salvador's indigenous peasants. Their author, Salvador Efraín Salazar Arrué, a.k.a. Salarrué (pronounced sal-ru-ay)
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
GALAXY AT ISIDRO METAPAN When: 7 p.m. PDT. Where: Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador, El Salvador. On the air: None. Update: This is the Galaxy's fourth and final game in the first stage of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, and the Galaxy, with a 3-0-0 record, has won this stage and earned a berth in the quarterfinals in March. As a result, the Galaxy is expected to play mostly reserves against Isidro Metapan and rest its best players because the Galaxy plays its Major League Soccer regular-season finale Sunday in Seattle against the Sounders.
WORLD
October 2, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador has abruptly closed its important human rights and legal aid office, which for years, and sometimes at great risk, denounced and investigated the most egregious atrocities surrounding that country's civil war. The surprise decision became known Tuesday, when employees showed up for work at the Tutela Legal office in the capital, San Salvador, and found padlocks on the doors and guards who...
WORLD
October 2, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador has abruptly closed its important human rights and legal aid office, which for years, and sometimes at great risk, denounced and investigated the most egregious atrocities surrounding that country's civil war. The surprise decision became known Tuesday, when employees showed up for work at the Tutela Legal office in the Central American nation's capital, San Salvador, and found padlocks on...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The death of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton in 1975 is one of the great tragedies of Latin American literature and of the Latin American left. And it was a tragedy the left inflicted on itself. Dalton had joined one of the armed rebel groups fighting against El Salvador's dictatorship. He had, by then, already established an international reputation as a writer. Most of his best writing came during his exile in Cuba, where he wrote seven books of poetry, and “ Miguel Marmol ,” a biography of a 1930s Salvadoran revolutionary that's one of the great, underappreciated masterpieces of Latin American historical writing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1995 | From Religion News Service
Ending two decades of politically activist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador, Pope John Paul II has named the Rev. Fernando Saenz Lacalle to be archbishop of the capital city of San Salvador. Saenz Lacalle, 62, will be installed Sunday, succeeding Bishop Arturo Rivera y Damas, who died Nov. 26 of a heart attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1986 | MARK HENRY, Times Staff Writer
Relief officials in Los Angeles County on Sunday issued urgent appeals for money and medical supplies as they learned the extent of the destruction and casualties caused by the earthquake Friday in the capital city of El Salvador. Ana Margoth Mendez, consul general for the El Salvador Consulate in Los Angeles, said donations of money and medicine appear to be the best and quickest way to aid the thousands who were left homeless and injured in San Salvador and surrounding communities.
WORLD
August 9, 2011 | By Alex Renderos, Los Angeles Times
Nine former Salvadoran soldiers and military officials were in custody Monday at an army base while fighting extradition to Spain in the killings of six Jesuit priests and two others during El Salvador's civil war. The Salvadoran government said in a statement that the men, among 20 ex-soldiers indicted by a Spanish judge in May, were in the custody of a civilian court that handles extradition cases. The suspects turned themselves in at the military installation Sunday afternoon, as Salvadoran police were preparing to arrest them on an extradition order from Interpol.
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