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Teen Girls Urge Guatemalan Lawmakers to Raise Marriage from 14 to 18 Years Old

Teen Girls Urge Guatemalan Lawmakers to Raise Marriage from 14 to 18 Years Old

A group of young women on Thursday asked the Guatemalan Congress to approve a law raising from 14 to 18 the minimum age to get married. continue reading »

Singer Ricardo Arjona Presents Tour Documentary

Singer Ricardo Arjona Presents Tour Documentary

Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona presented his new work "Arjona Metamorfosis en vivo," a documentary DVD gathering together the best portions of his latest concert tour. continue reading »

Authorities Arrest 8 for Massacre of Indians in Guatemala

Authorities Arrest 8 for Massacre of Indians in Guatemala

Guatemalan security forces arrested eight suspected gang members on Tuesday in connection with the Sept. 8 massacre of 11 Indians in a rural community north of the capital. continue reading »

Mexican Police Arrest Guatemalan Wanted for Cop Killings

Mexican Police Arrest Guatemalan Wanted for Cop Killings

A reputed drug kingpin wanted in connection with the slaughter of nine Guatemalan police officers was apprehended in neighboring Mexico, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina said Friday. continue reading »

Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

A federal jury convicted a former Guatemalan army lieutenant Tuesday of immigration fraud, finding that he obtained U.S. citizenship in 2008 by concealing his role in the massacre of 250 men, women and children during Guatemala’s civil war three decades ago. continue reading »

Ex-Police Chief Sentenced to 16 Years for Stealing Cocaine in Guatemala

Ex-Police Chief Sentenced to 16 Years for Stealing Cocaine in Guatemala

A former director of Guatemala's PNC national police force was sentenced to 16 years behind bars after being found guilty of stealing at least 350 kilos of cocaine, the judiciary said Tuesday. continue reading »

Expert Discovers Industrial Salt Processing Plant in Ancient Mayan City

Expert Discovers Industrial Salt Processing Plant in Ancient Mayan City

An industrial salt processing plant of the Maya Preclassic Period in Guatemala, which produced as much as 24,000 tons of salt per year, was discovered at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros (Saltworks of the Nine Hills), one of the most ancient cities of the Mayan civilization, American archaeologist Brent Woodfill said. continue reading »

Over 1,400 Grenades Stolen from Guatemalan Military Compound

Over 1,400 Grenades Stolen from Guatemalan Military Compound

The Guatemalan military acknowledged Monday that 1,449 grenades were stolen from an army base in the northern part of the country. continue reading »

Guatemalan Rescuers Find Brothers Burned to Death

Guatemalan Rescuers Find Brothers Burned to Death

Fire rescue personnel found the charred bodies of two brothers alongside a little-traveled road in Amatitlan, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of this capital, Guatemalan authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 192nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-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 »

UPDATE:  Death Toll Climbs in Guatemala Bus that Plunged 245 Feet into Ravine

UPDATE:  Death Toll Climbs in Guatemala Bus that Plunged 245 Feet into Ravine

A bus accident Monday in western Guatemala left 43 people dead and 40 injured, authorities said. continue reading »

Liquor Store Armed Standoff Leaves 11 Dead, 18 Wounded in Guatemala

Liquor Store Armed Standoff Leaves 11 Dead, 18 Wounded in Guatemala

A violent standoff in Guatemala at a San Jose Nacahuil liquor store has left 11 dead and 18 others injured. Authorities say they do not know the cause of the armed standoff. San Jose Nacahuil is located some 16 miles north of the capital city of Guatemala City. continue reading »

Bus Plunges 245-Feet off Cliff in Guatemala, At Least 30 Dead

Bus Plunges 245-Feet off Cliff in Guatemala, At Least 30 Dead

More than 30 people died Monday and dozens were injured when an overloaded bus skidded off a highway west of Guatemala City, first responders said. continue reading »

Gunmen Kill 11 in Guatemalan Indian Village

Gunmen Kill 11 in Guatemalan Indian Village

At least 11 people were killed and more than a dozen others, including three children, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a liquor store in San Jose Nacahuil, an Indian community in central Guatemala, officials said Sunday. continue reading »

6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala and also caused alarm in neighboring El Salvador, although no casualties were immediately reported. continue reading »