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Man Convicted of Killing Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998 Granted Early Release From Prison

Man Convicted of Killing Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998 Granted Early Release From Prison

A Guatemalan court on Friday granted early release to retired army Col. Byron Disrael Lima Estrada, who has been serving a 20 year sentence for the 1998 assassination of Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

Latin America proves to be home to some of the happiest places on earth. While Costa Rica is the global leader, some other countries did not fare as well. continue reading »

Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Travels to Guatemala in Hopes of Resolving Transition Adoption

Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Travels to Guatemala in Hopes of Resolving Transition Adoption

Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs is visiting Guatemala from July 1-3 as part of a Congressional Delegation led by Senator Mary Landrieu. The delegation, which includes officials from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is meeting with Guatemalan officials to discuss progress in resolving the remaining intercountry adoption transition cases. continue reading »

Archaeologists Uncover an Additional Reference to End of Mayan Era

Archaeologists Uncover an Additional Reference to End of Mayan Era

A stone found in Guatemala carved by the Mayas some 1,300 years ago states that the ancient civilization's 13th "baktun" period - each of which lasts some 400 years - will end on Dec. 21, the second historical reference found regarding the ancient civilization's pending calendar change. continue reading »

Archaeologists Working in Guatemala Find 1,300 Year Old Reference to “Apocalypse Date” 2012

Archaeologists Working in Guatemala Find 1,300 Year Old Reference to “Apocalypse Date” 2012

Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300-year-old-year Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012. continue reading »

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

For the fourth consecutive year the Cervantes Institute is celebrating "El Dia E" (The Day of Spanish), an event that marks the global consolidation and expansion of Spanish language and culture, with more than 50 cities joining in. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

With daily reports of homicides, violent crimes, and corruption occurring in Latin America it is obvious that Latin America is struggling with peace. Check out Hispanically Speaking News's Infographic to see the global rankings and scores of Latin American countries in terms of peace. continue reading »

Guatemalan Officer Embezzles $30 M in Public Funds

Guatemalan Officer Embezzles $30 M in Public Funds

A finance chief of the Guatemalan army's now-defunct presidential guard unit during the 2000-2004 administration of Alfonso Portillo was arrested here Monday on charges he embezzled more than $30 million in public funds. continue reading »

Horrific Murder-Suicide in Guatemala of 15-Year-Old Teen Mom and Her Baby

Horrific Murder-Suicide in Guatemala of 15-Year-Old Teen Mom and Her Baby

A 15-year-old girl poisoned her 4-month-old baby with an agricultural chemical and then killed herself by ingesting the same substance over the weekend in Guatemala, police said. continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. continue reading »

Sinaloa Cartel Member Facing Possible U.S. Extradition

Sinaloa Cartel Member Facing Possible U.S. Extradition

A Guatemalan court has given the United States 40 working days to present evidence against Walter Alirio Montejo, a Guatemalan suspected of belonging to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and the subject of a U.S. extradition request, judicial officials said. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Erupts

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Erupts

The Fuego volcano, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of this capital, on Sunday spewed a column of ash up to a kilometer (about 3,300 feet) high, a government agency reported. continue reading »

2 Power Company Guards Arrested for Killing Guatemalan Peasant

2 Power Company Guards Arrested for Killing Guatemalan Peasant

Two employees of Spanish hydroelectric power company Hidro Santa Cruz were arrested for the murder of a peasant, a crime that sparked disturbances and the declaration of a state of siege for 18 days in the Indian town of Santa Cruz Barillas in western Guatemala. continue reading »

5 Women Including 3 Minors Raped By Guatemalan Gang

5 Women Including 3 Minors Raped By Guatemalan Gang

Five women, three of them minors, were raped by a gang of armed men who assaulted a farm near the town of Palin, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the Guatemalan capital, emergency management officials said. continue reading »

Expanding Hispanic Population to Play Major Role in Texas Elections

Expanding Hispanic Population to Play Major Role in Texas Elections

While Latino organizations point to Texas as a state where election results will be determined by Hispanics, the two Democrats vying to represent El Paso in Congress say that what they believe most important are border issues, apart from any ethnic differences. continue reading »