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Guatemalan Authorities Dismantle 2 Gangs, Arrest 34 Members

Two criminal organizations run by the Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs have been dismantled and 34 people arrested in Guatemala, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said. continue reading »

Two Mexican Fishermen Killed in Guatemala

Two Mexican fishermen were murdered and their bodies found by residents on the coast of Retalhuleu, a province on Guatemala's Pacific coast, prosecutors said Sunday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Refugees Living in Mexico Agree to Repatriation

The villagers from the Guatemalan community of Nueva Esperanza who took refuge in southern Mexico in 2011 reached an agreement with their country's government to be repatriated on Feb. 28, non-governmental organizations reported Tuesday. continue reading »

10-Year Old Guatemalan Boy Suspect in Murder of Taxi Driver

Guatemala authorities are responding to the second 'child assassin' in just a week, here a 10-year-old boy shot and killed a cab driver without apparent provocation. continue reading »

Former Guatemalan Dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s Genocide Trial Moved to March

A Guatemalan court has moved up by five months the trial of former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators for genocide and crimes against humanity, a lawyer involved in the case told Efe Wednesday. continue reading »

President Perez Molina of Guatemala Has Audience with Pope Benedict

This morning, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, received in audience Mr. Otto Fernando Perez Molina, president of Guatemala. continue reading »

Guatemala Builds Tallest Flagstaff in Central America, Visible from Anywhere in Capital

Guatemala now raises its national flag on a monument that has the tallest flagstaff in Central America, which makes it visible from any part of the capital, Defense Minister Ulises Anzueto said. continue reading »

Former Dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt to Stand Trial for Genocide in Guatemala

In an unprecedented ruling, a Guatemalan judge ordered Monday that former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity. continue reading »

Latin America News: Guatemalan Authorities Rescue Kidnapped 8-year-old

Police rescued a kidnapped 8-year-old boy safe and sound on Monday, killed one of his captors during the rescue operation and arrested six others, Guatemalan authorities said. continue reading »

Family Tragedy in Guatemala, Drunk Father Opens Fire on Family

A man who was apparently drunk opened fire on his children, killing one of his sons and wounding two of his daughters in a rural town in northern Guatemala, police said. continue reading »

Latin America News:  Guatemalan Students Riot, Protesting Educational Reform

A group of students from the state University of San Carlos set fire to a public bus Monday in protest against the educational overhaul approved by the Guatemalan government and set to take effect in the coming days. continue reading »

Guatemalan Priest Charged As An Accomplice in Bishop’s Murder Receives Early Release

A Catholic priest sentenced to 20 years in prison as an accomplice in the 1998 assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi was paroled on Friday and spoke out to assert his innocence. continue reading »

Soft Drink Truck Runs Over 5 Women in Guatemala

Five people died Wednesday when they were run over by a soft drink delivery truck on a highway in eastern Guatemala, emergency personnel said. continue reading »

Software Creator McAfee Requests Political Asylum in Guatemala

U.S. software tycoon John McAfee on Wednesday, via his attorney, presented a formal asylum request to Guatemala arguing that he is being "politically persecuted" by the government of Belize, the country where he settled in 2008. continue reading »

Software Billionaire McAfee Looks to Guatemala for Political Exile

The millionaire creator of the McAfee antivirus, John McAfee, is "safe and sound" in Guatemala, a country where he will seek political exile because he considers himself "persecuted by the Belize government," his attorney told Efe Tuesday. continue reading »

Inmates Stand Down After Taking 8 Prison Guards Hostage in Guatemala

Inmates at a maximum-security prison outside this capital who took eight guards hostage ended their rebellion on Tuesday and freed the last of the captives, Guatemala's interior minister said. "The five guards were liberated after several hours of dialogue and without the use of force," Mauricio Lopez told reporters. continue reading »

Earthquake Death Toll Climbs After Additional Bodies Discovered in Guatemala

Guatemalan emergency agencies recovered two bodies that had been buried in rubble since the powerful earthquake that struck the country last week, bringing the official death toll from the disaster to 44, authorities said Tuesday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Family of 4 Murdered in Their Beds

Four members of a family were fatally shot inside their home in the eastern Guatemalan province of Zacapa, authorities said Wednesday. The attack took place Tuesday night in the hamlet of La Plancha, about 156 kilometers (97 miles) east of the capital, a spokesman for fire rescue said. continue reading »

Guatemalans Launch Initiative to Create 1.2 Million Jobs

Unemployment is becoming the global challenge of the 21st century. For countries like Guatemala, both unemployment and underemployment are hitting all time highs. This is exacerbating the vicious cycle of poverty, which impacts young people the most, condemning an entire nation to failure. continue reading »

Army Colonel, 8 Soldiers Charged For Deaths of Protesters in Guatemala

An army colonel and eight troops were arrested Thursday for the deaths of as many as eight protesters during a confrontation last week, Guatemala's attorney general said. continue reading »