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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 »

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 »