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

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 »

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

Guatemala's Catholic Church marked Friday's 15th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi by remembering the slain cleric as a peace activist and defender of human rights. Gerardi was a "martyr for peace" who devoted himself to Guatemala's downtrodden peasants and indigenous people, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian said in a service at Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral. continue reading »

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

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 »

Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

Mexico Looking to Create More Secure Border with Guatemala

Mexico wants its border with Guatemala to be "properous and secure," Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade said. Meade inspected the Mexican-Guatemalan border region on Saturday with SAT tax agency chief Aristoteles Nuñez Sanchez. continue reading »

Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

The Guatemalan Tourism Institute, or Inguat, will increase advertising the country as a destination for foreign visitors with the aim of boosting the economy. continue reading »

State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

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

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

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 »

Eva Longoria Joins Howard G. Buffett in Guatemala

Eva Longoria Joins Howard G. Buffett in Guatemala

Eva Longoria and Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, are currently in Latin America on a charity mission. In 2008, the World Food Programme, with help from Howard's foundation, began continue reading »

Crime Journalist Gunned Down in Guatemala

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

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 »

Guatemalan Authorities Dismantle 2 Gangs, Arrest 34 Members

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 »

Guatemalan Reporter Denounces Threat from Bishop’s Killer

Guatemalan Reporter Denounces Threat from Bishop’s Killer

A retired army captain serving 20 years in prison for the 1998 assassination of a Catholic bishop is trying to intimidate the reporter who wrote about the convict's apparent ties to President Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala's El Periodico newspaper said Friday. continue reading »

Two Mexican Fishermen Killed in Guatemala

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

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 »