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El Salvador Homicides Soar as Gang Truce Unravels

Homicides in El Salvador jumped by 56 percent this year as a truce between its most powerful street gangs crumbled, authorities said on Tuesday. The National Civil Police reported 3,875 homicides in total as of December 30, compared with 2,490 last year. Just this month, police said, there was an average of 12 homicides daily. In a news conference, El Salvador's police chief said the 2012 truce fell apart as turf wars escalated between the gangs. "The groups which had opted...

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