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Former Guatemalan Dictator’s Genocide Re-trial Set for April 2014

Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's re-trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity will not begin until April 2014, a Guatemalan court said Wednesday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Police Confiscate Over a Ton of Cocaine

Drug enforcement agents seized 1,048 kilos of cocaine hidden in a van in Puerto Quetzal, a city in the southern Guatemalan province of Escuintla, but no arrests were made, a police spokesman said Sunday. continue reading »

Sec. of State Kerry to Participate at OAS General Assembly in Guatemala

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Guatemala June 4-5 to participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization. continue reading »

Guatemala, Mexico Partner to Combat Poverty Along Border

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto said they would launch joint actions "in the short term" to combat hunger in the border region and spur development for its more than five million inhabitants. continue reading »

Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld its May 20 decision overturning former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. continue reading »

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

Thousands marched in this capital on Friday to protest the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's overturning of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Alfonso Portillo, who was Guatemala's president from 2000-2004, was extradited Friday to the United States to face money laundering charges. He was handed over to U.S. agents at a military airfield and then boarded a government aircraft to be taken to New York. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemala's Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial. continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, facing 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized Monday after collapsing on his way to a court hearing, his lawyer said. continue reading »

Former Dictator Vows to Appeal Genocide Verdict in Guatemala

Guatemalan ex-strongman Efrain Rios Montt has vowed to appeal his 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity, insisting he is innocent and that the trial was an "international political show." continue reading »

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Receives 80-Year Sentence

Guatemalan former strongman Efrain Rios Montt was convicted Friday of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years in prison. continue reading »

Constitutional Court Suspends Genocide Trial of Ex-Dictator in Guatemala

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ordered the temporary suspension of the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt and co-defendant Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for the tribunal said Saturday. continue reading »

State of Siege Imposed on Eastern Guatemala

President Otto Perez Molina imposed a state of siege on four municipalities in the eastern part of the country following the abduction of 23 police officers and the killing of another cop, the Guatemalan government said Thursday. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Taking a page book out of the Mayan's Guatemala has launched a time capsule that will not be opened until 52 years from now. The marble time capsule will contain messages from leading thinkers in Guatemala to describe society today. continue reading »

Former Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s Genocide Trial is Suspended

A court in the Guatemalan capital decided on Friday to suspend the genocide trial of former strongman Efrain Rios Montt while vowing to fight another court's "illegal" move to quash the case. continue reading »

State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

On April 3, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier and Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Paul Weisenfeld hosted Guatemalan Minister of Health Jorge Villavicencio, other Government of Guatemala officials, private sector representatives and a panel of nutrition experts at the Department of State for a joint discussion on Guatemala’s “Zero Hunger Pact” (“Pacto Cero Hambre”) to reduce chronic malnutrition. continue reading »

Witnesses Share Horrific Stories During Trial of Guatemalan Ex-dictator

A survivor of the massacres carried out by the Guatemalan army during the 1982-1983 rule of strongman Efrain Rios Montt said Wednesday at the retired general's genocide trial that soldiers "ripped out" the heart of one of his children. continue reading »

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific coast of Guatemala late Monday afternoon at approximately 4pm PST. The epic center was near the capital city of Guatemala City some 6 miles southeast. continue reading »

Crime Journalist Gunned Down in Guatemala

A journalist with Nuestro Diario newspaper was fatally shot in the eastern Guatemalan province of Jutiapa, the publication said Thursday. Jaime Napoleon Jarquin Duarte, 63, was a former schoolteacher who joined the paper three years ago, Nuestro Diario said. continue reading »

Gen. Efrain Rios Montt Geneocide Trial Begins in Guatemala

The genocide trial of former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt began Tuesday inside a packed courtroom in the Guatemalan capital. continue reading »