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INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

How many families are homeless or live in poor quality houses? Despite the strong economic performance Latin America and the Caribbean has enjoyed in the past decade, the lack of adequate housing for low income people remains a serious development problem for the region. continue reading »

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Dulles Airport Officials Find 4 lbs of Cocaine Hidden in Kid’s Drink Boxes

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Dulles Airport Officials Find 4 lbs of Cocaine Hidden in Kid’s Drink Boxes

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized almost 4 pounds of cocaine hidden inside chocolate drink boxes and a spice bottle in two Guatemalan men’s luggage shortly after 10pm this past weekend. continue reading »

Guatemalan Lawmakers Approve ‘Erick Barrondo Day’ to Honor Olympic Silver Medalist

Guatemalan Lawmakers Approve ‘Erick Barrondo Day’ to Honor Olympic Silver Medalist

Guatemalan lawmakers approved Tuesday a decoration for racewalker Erick Barrondo in honor of his winning a silver medal last weekend in the 20-kilometer walk at the 2012 London Olympics. continue reading »

Oscar Isaac Plays Mysterious Agent 3 in “The Bourne Legacy”

Oscar Isaac Plays Mysterious Agent 3 in “The Bourne Legacy”

Oscar Isaac has one of the most interesting roles in "The Bourne Legacy," the espionage and action film opening this week at U.S. theaters. However, just like the character he plays, the 32-year-old actor must measure his words to preserve the mystery. continue reading »

Guatemala Wins First-ever Olympic Medal, Silver in Racewalking

Guatemala Wins First-ever Olympic Medal, Silver in Racewalking

Racewalker Erick Barrondo won Guatemala's first-ever Olympic medal on Saturday, taking silver in the 20-kilometer walk after finishing behind China's Ding Chen, who set a new Olympic record with a time of 1:18:46. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

The ranking system is based on a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) using a spatial adjusted livability index. The EIU ranked 70 cities internationally, Hong Kong ranked the highest and Harare, Zimbabwe ranked the lowest. The other scores (ie- education) are out of 100. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

The Global Innovation Index (GII), a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. Globally, Latin America ranked between 39 and 118 (out of 141). continue reading »

Four Alleged Thieves Killed by Guatemalan Mob

Four Alleged Thieves Killed by Guatemalan Mob

Four accused robbers were killed by a mob in an indigenous community in northwestern Guatemala, authorities said Tuesday. The incident took place after midnight continue reading »

How Ancient Mayans Survived in Drought Conditions

How Ancient Mayans Survived in Drought Conditions

Although in today’s modern world more than half of the United States is struggling to survive in a drought more severe than any other since 1956, it is surprising to consider that ancient civilizations such as the Mayans faced similar drought conditions with success. continue reading »

Fiery Crash of Pickup-Truck with 23 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants Inside, Leaves 14 Dead (VIDEO)

Fiery Crash of Pickup-Truck with 23 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants Inside, Leaves 14 Dead (VIDEO)

Authorities in Goliad County, Texas are reporting a crash of a white pick up jammed with 23 passengers, that has left at least 14 dead with Fox News reporting 14 are dead. continue reading »

Researchers Uncover Largest Ancient Maya Dam in Guatemala

Researchers Uncover Largest Ancient Maya Dam in Guatemala

Archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati have recently uncovered the largest ancient dam in Central America measuring 260 feet in length and 33 feet high. continue reading »

IDB Awards $7M to Organizations in Latin America Working to Reduce Poverty

IDB Awards $7M to Organizations in Latin America Working to Reduce Poverty

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the results of the Call for Proposals for Civil Society Projects that support low-income communities and vulnerable groups, funded through the IDB-managed Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Program. continue reading »

Jeffrey Reid Parish, Accused of 1994 Molestation of 4-Year-Old, Found in Guatemala

Jeffrey Reid Parish, Accused of 1994 Molestation of 4-Year-Old, Found in Guatemala

A man accused of molesting a young child before fleeing the country has been arrested in Guatemala after 18 years on the run. After being taking into custody last week, Jeffrey Reed Parish, 65, was sent back continue reading »

Two Guatemalan Women Sentenced to 9 Years Each for Human Trafficking

Two Guatemalan Women Sentenced to 9 Years Each for Human Trafficking

Two Guatemalan women have been sentenced to nine-year prison terms by a Mexican court in a case involving eight children, the Attorney General's Office said. continue reading »

N. Carolina Firm Sells “Luna Disc” Made by Maya Women in Guatemala

N. Carolina Firm Sells “Luna Disc” Made by Maya Women in Guatemala

A company in North Carolina that sells products handmade by Mayan women in Guatemala uses part of its revenues to aid indigenous families in the region. Charlotte-based PhD Productions LLC launched a colorful, 100-percent-cotton flying disc made by 400 Mayan women at a weavers' cooperative in Guatemala's Panajachel region. continue reading »