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Guatemala Launches Operation Targeting Poppy Farms Along Mexican Border

Guatemala Launches Operation Targeting Poppy Farms Along Mexican Border

Guatemalan security forces have launched a wide-ranging operation targeting poppy farms in San Marcos, a northwestern province on the border with Mexico, Government Minister Mauricio Lopez said. continue reading »

Fourth Journalist This Year Slain in Guatemala

Fourth Journalist This Year Slain in Guatemala

Broadcast journalist Carlos Alberto Orellana Chavez was found shot to death Monday in the southern province of Suchitepequez, Guatemalan police said. The body was discovered in the municipality of San Bernardino a few hours after the journalist was reported missing, police spokesman Pablo Castillo told Efe. continue reading »

Shrimping Boats Responsible for Sea Turtle Deaths in Guatemala, Says Environmentalists

Shrimping Boats Responsible for Sea Turtle Deaths in Guatemala, Says Environmentalists

Sea turtle deaths have been rising on Guatemala's Pacific coast due to "indiscriminate" shrimp fishing, environmentalists said. At least 80 dead sea turtles have been found on Pacific beaches in the past two months, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association, or Arcas, said in a statement. continue reading »

Homeland Security Arrests 207 Gang Members in Central America Operation

Homeland Security Arrests 207 Gang Members in Central America Operation

More than 200 alleged transnational criminal street gang members and associates were arrested in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras during a 60-day enforcement operation spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Central American law enforcement. continue reading »

Homeland Security Spearheads Arrest of 207 Narco Gangsters in Central America

Homeland Security Spearheads Arrest of 207 Narco Gangsters in Central America

U.S. Homeland Security exported its crime-fighting know-how on transnational gangs and helped nab over 200 known narcos and gang members in Central America. continue reading »

Journalist Gunned Down in Guatemala, Third This Year

Journalist Gunned Down in Guatemala, Third This Year

A veteran broadcast journalist was fatally shot Tuesday in the eastern province of Zacapa, Guatemalan authorities said. continue reading »

Guatemalan Police Arrest 34 for Murders of 9 Cops

Guatemalan Police Arrest 34 for Murders of 9 Cops

The investigation into the June 13 killings of nine police officers in the western province of Quetzaltenango has led to the arrest of 34 suspects, Guatemala's interior minister said Wednesday. continue reading »

5-Year-Old, Grandmother Murdered During Home Invasion in Guatemala

5-Year-Old, Grandmother Murdered During Home Invasion in Guatemala

A 5-year-girl and her grandmother were killed by armed robbers in the eastern Guatemalan town of El Progreso, authorities said Wednesday. continue reading »

Guatemalan Court Suspends Canadian Miner’s License

Guatemalan Court Suspends Canadian Miner’s License

A Guatemalan appellate court on Wednesday suspended the operating license issued to Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources Inc. for a huge silver deposit, acting at the request of inhabitants of communities located near the site. continue reading »

Guatemalan Gangs Targeting Bus Drivers

Guatemalan Gangs Targeting Bus Drivers

Gang members killed two people and three others in Guatemala City Friday in attacks on bus drivers who failed to pay protection money, Guatemalan police said. continue reading »

Plane Crashes in Guatemala, Bags of Money Found at Site

Plane Crashes in Guatemala, Bags of Money Found at Site

Six men died Friday in a plane crash in the northwestern Guatemalan province of San Marcos, an official said. continue reading »

Fauna that Lived in Ancient Mayan Times Survives Climate Change

Fauna that Lived in Ancient Mayan Times Survives Climate Change

Fauna that was prevalent at the height of the ancestral Mayan culture has survived prolonged droughts, hurricanes and the deleterious effects of climate change on biodiversity in the areas where the cities of that millennial culture stood, experts say. continue reading »

Drug Traffickers Blamed for Massacre of Cops in Guatemala

Drug Traffickers Blamed for Massacre of Cops in Guatemala

Drug traffickers were behind the killings of eight police officers in the western province of Quetzaltenango, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Friday. continue reading »

Illinois Immigrant Saved from Deportation Following Complaints from Family, Activists

Illinois Immigrant Saved from Deportation Following Complaints from Family, Activists

Israel Lopez Bautista, an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant arrested here by immigration agents for having returned to the United States after being deported, was released on Thursday after complaints by relatives and activists. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

The 2,597 homicides committed in Guatemala in the first five months of the year represent an increase of 9 percent over the same period in 2012, the Mutual Support Group, or GAM, said Thursday. continue reading »