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By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala has rehired a battalion of former soldiers to help police combat rising gang violence, raising concern in a country that has struggled to rely less on its once all-powerful army.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) - Central American governments could wipe out violent street gangs in two months by treating them like opponents in a war, El Salvador's police chief said on Tuesday.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Almost 2,000 children and youths, many of them members of violent street gangs, were killed in Honduras in the last four years, a child advocacy group said on Thursday.
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Violent street gangs terrorizing Honduras will talk to the new government about ending years of bloodshed, but first want random arrests of tattooed suspects to end, a mediator said on Monday.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - A gun battle between inmates at a prison in Honduras left 13 prisoners deadon Thursday, the latest lethal incident in the Central American country's notorious penal system, an official said.
By Miguel Angel Gutierrez TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Hondurans voted for a new president on Sunday choosing between a hard-liner who wants to recall the death penalty to curb gang murders and a liberal who would bolster security to stop the terror trail.
By Alistair Bell ESCUINTLA, Guatemala (Reuters) - In Guatemala's Escuintla prison, known by inmates as "The Hole," old metal beds with dirty, sagging mattresses sit in a dormitory with damp running down the walls. And that's the guards' quarters.
By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will meet defense ministers and security officials of seven Central American nations in Miami next week to discuss improving security in the key region, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala wants to build new maximum-security prisons to prevent the kinds of clashes between grenade-tossing gang members that killed at least 33 inmates this week.
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