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¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 191st Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 191st Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-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. continue reading »

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been "very aggressive" in trying to broaden relations with the region. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

The Fuego volcano, one of Guatemala's most active, spewed columns of ash high above its crater and lava down its flanks, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 10,000 nearby inhabitants. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Creative New Site Based Out of Argentina, Opens to the World - Explore the World of Mural.ly

Creative New Site Based Out of Argentina, Opens to the World - Explore the World of Mural.ly

Earlier this week, Buenos Aires-based Mural.ly (Murally) opened up the private beta of there website to the world to allow feedback from more people to “keep improving our experience.” continue reading »

Five-Year Moratorium on Guatemala-to-U.S. Adoptions Ends, 1st Adoption Occurs

Five-Year Moratorium on Guatemala-to-U.S. Adoptions Ends, 1st Adoption Occurs

Guatemala has authorized the first adoption of a Guatemalan child by a U.S. family after a five-year moratorium to investigate alleged corruption and irregularities in the process, officials said Monday. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

Malnutrition Kills 95 Guatemalans Under the Age of 5 in 2012

Malnutrition Kills 95 Guatemalans Under the Age of 5 in 2012

At least 95 children less than 5 years old have died in Guatemala from acute malnutrition so far this year, according to the Epidemiology Department of the Public Health and Social Assistance Ministry. continue reading »

UN-backed Commission Presents Plan to Combat Impunity in Guatemala

UN-backed Commission Presents Plan to Combat Impunity in Guatemala

A United Nations-backed commission today presented a strategic work plan at the world body’s Headquarters in New York outlining efforts to combat impunity in Guatemala and support the country’s justice system. continue reading »

LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

Latin American culture ministers are promoting an agenda based on strengthening their countries' identities and restoring their traditions as a fundamental element of regional development. continue reading »

2011 Immigration Enforcement Actions Reach All-Time High, 91% of Detainees are from Latin America

2011 Immigration Enforcement Actions Reach All-Time High, 91% of Detainees are from Latin America

Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertakes immigration enforcement actions involving hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals continue reading »

Mother and Two Teen Daughters Found Murdered and Dismembered in Guatemala

Mother and Two Teen Daughters Found Murdered and Dismembered in Guatemala

The dismembered bodies of a mother and her two teenage daughters were found Monday by emergency teams in southeastern Guatemala, authorities said. continue reading »

Soccer Great Diego Maradona Named Sports Ambassador in Dubai

Soccer Great Diego Maradona Named Sports Ambassador in Dubai

Dubai authorities on Sunday named former Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona Honorary Sports Ambassador, a post in which he will support the development of the sport in the emirate and aid in the search for new athletic talent. continue reading »

UN: Guatemalan Children Still Facing Sexual Exploitation, Forced Labor

UN: Guatemalan Children Still Facing Sexual Exploitation, Forced Labor

In spite of protection measures by the Guatemalan Government, many children are still victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor, a United Nations independent expert warned today. continue reading »

Guatemalan Prosecutor Selvin Mendez Rios Seriously Injured in Attack

Guatemalan Prosecutor Selvin Mendez Rios Seriously Injured in Attack

Guatemalan prosecutor Selvin Mendez Rios was serious wounded in an attack in the western province of Quetzaltenango and is in "critical condition" in a hospital, officials said on Wednesday. continue reading »