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US Military Says Drug Violence Spreading Through Central America

US Military Says Drug Violence Spreading Through Central America

Two high-ranking U.S. military commanders say Mexico's violent war against drug cartels has moved into other parts of Central America. Air Force General Douglas Fraser, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday continue reading »

Journalists in Guatemala Have Their Equipment stolen

A van-load of Guatemalan journalists covering President Otto Perez Molina's visit to the northern province of Baja Verapaz had their equipment stolen on Friday. continue reading »

Secure Communities Program Nabs Guatemalan Murderer and Prison Escapee

Secure Communities Program Nabs Guatemalan Murderer and Prison Escapee

A Guatemalan national residing in Providence, who was wanted in his home country for numerous criminal charges including homicide, kidnapping and escaping from prison, was turned over to Guatemalan law enforcement authorities yesterday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE). continue reading »

Guatemalan Involved in 1982 Massacre Sentenced to 6000 Years in Prison

A veteran of a notorious army unit was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his part in the 1982 massacre of 201 peasants in northern Guatemala. continue reading »

Retired General Denied Amnesty in Guatemala

A Guatemalan court ruled Thursday that a 1986 amnesty law does not bar prosecution of retired Gen. Efrain Rios Montt for crimes against humanity during his 1982-1983 rule of the Central American country. continue reading »

Drought May Have Caused Collapse of Mayan Civilization

Drought May Have Caused Collapse of Mayan Civilization

According to a study from Science Journal, the abandonment of the Mayan civilizations may have occurred as a result of a lack of rain. According to experts, Martín Medina-Elizalde and Eelco Rohling, continue reading »

New Flu Virus Discovered in Guatemalan Fruit Bats

New Flu Virus Discovered in Guatemalan Fruit Bats

A new influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but should be studied as a potential source for human influenza continue reading »

Illegally Exported Mayan Ceramic Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

Illegally Exported Mayan Ceramic Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

Eight artifacts that were illegally exported from Guatemala in two separate incidents were officially returned to the country at a repatriation ceremony Friday at the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington. continue reading »

War-Torn Guatemalan Family Reunited After 25 yrs

War-Torn Guatemalan Family Reunited After 25 yrs

A Maya family was reunited Wednesday in this capital 25 years after being separated by the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The Mutual Support Group, or GAM, with the help of the International Red Cross, brought Antonio Morales Bartolome together with his parents and daughter, from whom he and his wife were separated in 1987. continue reading »

Catholic Priest Gunned Down in Guatemala After Car Accident

Catholic Priest Gunned Down in Guatemala After Car Accident

A Catholic priest in the southeastern Guatemalan province of Santa Rosa was fatally shot Friday after a road accident, authorities said. The Rev. David Donis died of a gunshot to the chest, fire department spokesperson Lazaro Aguilar told radio stations. continue reading »

Shooting Spree in Guatemala Disco Leaves 5 Dead, 20 Wounded

Shooting Spree in Guatemala Disco Leaves 5 Dead, 20 Wounded

At least five people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when gunmen armed with assault rifles opened fire at a disco in Villa Nueva, a city in the southern part of the Guatemala City metropolitan area, a National Civilian Police, or PNC, spokesman said Sunday. continue reading »

59 Undocumented Guatemalans Located in Mexico in Cargo Truck

59 Undocumented Guatemalans Located in Mexico in Cargo Truck

Federal police intercepted 59 undocumented Guatemalans traveling in a cargo truck in the western state of Sinaloa, Mexico's public safety department said. continue reading »

Guatemala Inaugurates New President - Gen. Otto Perez Molina

Guatemala Inaugurates New President - Gen. Otto Perez Molina

Retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina was sworn in as the new president of Guatemala for a period of four years (2012-2016) before nine heads of state and representatives of some 98 international delegations. continue reading »

Guatemala Congressman Killed as Inauguration Nears

Guatemala Congressman Killed as Inauguration Nears

Congressman Oscar Valentin Leal and his brother were murdered here Friday on the eve of retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina's inauguration as Guatemala's president. The slain lawmaker won re-election in September on the ticket of the Lider party, but had decided Thursday to switch his allegiance to Perez Molina's rightist Patriot Party, the president-elect said. continue reading »

No Nukes for Guatemala,  Ratifies UN-Backed Treaty Banning Nuclear Testing

No Nukes for Guatemala,  Ratifies UN-Backed Treaty Banning Nuclear Testing

Guatemala has ratified the United Nations-backed international treaty banning nuclear tests, bringing the number of State parties to 156. continue reading »