• El Salvador murder rate soars


    SAN SALVADOR: The number of murders in El Salvador, already one of the most dangerous peacetime countries in the world because of vicious gangs, has soared nearly 78 percent so far this year, official figures showed on Wednesday. So far this year, the Central American country has recorded 5,614 homicides — far higher than the 3,161 registered in the first 10 months last year. In October, there were an average of 21.8 murders each day. For all of 2014, the final toll in El Salvador was 3,924, for a population of just six million.



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