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¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 193rd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 193rd Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 193-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. Thirty-two years after Columbus come to the Americas, Guatemala’s population went from 800,000 to 100,000. Independence came in 1821 when Guatemala declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. continue reading »

Russian, Chinese, American Firms Show Interest in Guatemalan Pipeline

Russian, Chinese, American Firms Show Interest in Guatemalan Pipeline

Companies from Russia, China, Spain and the United States are interested in participating in the construction of a pipeline linking Mexico and Guatemala, the Central American nation's economy minister said Thursday. continue reading »

Guatemala Declares Drought Emergency

Guatemala Declares Drought Emergency

The Guatemalan government declared Monday a state of public emergency in the country's 22 provinces as a result of the prolonged drought that has affected more than 200,000 families and caused agriculture losses in the millions. continue reading »

Alleged Rapists Buried Alive by Mob in Guatemala

Alleged Rapists Buried Alive by Mob in Guatemala

Three suspected rapists were killed by an enraged mob in a community in the northwestern province of Huehuetenango, Guatemala's PNC national police said Monday. continue reading »

Army Chief, 4 Others Die in Helicopter Crash in Guatemala

Army Chief, 4 Others Die in Helicopter Crash in Guatemala

The chief of Guatemala's armed forces, Gen. Rudy Ortiz, was among five people killed Wednesday when a military helicopter crashed in the northwestern province of Huehuetenango, Defense Minister Manuel Lopez said. continue reading »

Guatemala Records Over 80,300 Homicides Between 1997-2013

Guatemala Records Over 80,300 Homicides Between 1997-2013

Guatemala had a total of 80,303 homicides between 1997 and 2013, the Mutual Aid Group, or GAM, an independent human rights monitor, said Friday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Police Capture 3 Alleged Kidnappers

Guatemalan Police Capture 3 Alleged Kidnappers

Guatemalan security forces captured three alleged kidnappers in the northwestern part of the country suspected of having abducted a young girl on July 22, an official source reported. continue reading »

Guatemala Arrests 6 Suspected Drug Traffickers

Guatemala Arrests 6 Suspected Drug Traffickers

Six suspected drug traffickers, including two Salvadorans and a Mexican, were captured in Guatemala's Pacific Ocean waters, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said Wednesday. continue reading »

Guatemalan National Police Accused of Demanding Money from Migrants

Guatemalan National Police Accused of Demanding Money from Migrants

Three agents of Guatemala's PNC national police were arrested after they demanded money from a family of Honduran migrants, authorities said Monday. continue reading »

Hundreds of Clowns Meet in Guatemala for International Gathering

Hundreds of Clowns Meet in Guatemala for International Gathering

More than 200 professional clowns from across the Americas were in Guatemala this week for a meeting to exchange insights about their trade. continue reading »

40,000 Guatemalan Families Affected by Drought

40,000 Guatemalan Families Affected by Drought

Some 40,000 families have been affected by the drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon in Guatemala, Agriculture, Ranching and Food Minister Elmer Lopez said Tuesday, citing preliminary figures. continue reading »

Rust Fungus No Match for New Coffee Plant in Guatemala

Rust Fungus No Match for New Coffee Plant in Guatemala

Guatemala's National Coffee Association, or Anacafe, announced the existence of a new variety of coffee plant immune to roya, a fungus that causes coffee rust and which damaged crops on 70 percent of Guatemalan plantations in 2012 and 40 percent in 2013. continue reading »

2 Mexicans Murdered in Guatemala

2 Mexicans Murdered in Guatemala

Two Mexican nationals were fatally shot while staying at a roadside hotel on the Atlantic Route highway, Guatemala's PNC national police force said. continue reading »

Guatemalan President Calls for “Plan Central America”

Guatemalan President Calls for “Plan Central America”

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said in Washington Thursday that to deal with the border crisis spurred by the arrival of more than 50,000 unaccompanied underage migrants from Central America it will be necessary for the United States to implement a plan similar to Washington's multi-billion-dollar initiative in Colombia. continue reading »

Bus Owners, Drivers Demand Relief From Security Threats in Guatemala

Bus Owners, Drivers Demand Relief From Security Threats in Guatemala

Businessmen and drivers in Guatemala's intercity bus sector on Thursday demanded that the authorities provide greater security for them. continue reading »