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U.N. anti-graft investigator barred from re-entering Guatemala

The head of a U.N.-backed commission probing corruption in Guatemala was barred from re-entering the country Tuesday, further defanging the investigative body days after President Jimmy Morales announced he would …


Guatemala president shuts down U.N. anti-corruption commission

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Friday shut down a crusading U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that has pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes – including one pending against him over purported …


Guatemala ups number of missing to 332 in volcano eruption

Authorities on Wednesday raised by more than 130 the number of people officially missing from last month’s deadly eruption of the Volcano of Fire.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 12:08 p.m.

At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger halt search

Rescuers suspended search and recovery efforts Thursday at villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, leaving people with missing loved ones distraught and prompting some to do …


Vancouver man, son dusted by volcano’s ash

Vancouver’s Mark Havens and his 16-year-old son, Nicholas, were on a quick tour through Antigua for a more touristy stop to start their Guatemala mission trip when, on Sunday, a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

At Guatemala volcano, time running out for rescue chances

Emergency crews pulled more bodies from what remained of villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire on Wednesday, but time was quickly running out to find survivors …


‘Nobody is left’: Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families

Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren – 36 family members in all – missing and presumed dead in the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Guatemala volcano death toll up to 62, expected to rise

Rescuers pulled survivors and bodies Monday from the charred aftermath of the powerful eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire, as the death toll rose to 62 and was expected to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala

Rescuers struggled to reach rural residents cut off by a volcanic eruption that killed at least seven people and injured 20 near Guatemala’s capital, and authorities feared the death toll …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 4 p.m.

Lawyer: Ex-Guatemala dictator Efrain Rios Montt dies at 91

Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a 1982 coup and presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s civil war in which soldiers waged a scorched-earth …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Guatemala diplomat defends Israel embassy move, says no reversal

President Jimmy Morales’ top diplomat defended his decision to move Guatemala’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, rejecting on Tuesday international and domestic criticism after he followed Washington’s lead in announcing …


Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala’s president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President …


Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala is to move its embassy to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday, following in the controversial footsteps of U.S. President Donald Trump. In a statement …


Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala’s president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

U.S. priest martyred in Guatemala beatified before thousands

Rev. Stanley Rother was beatified Saturday at Mass in Oklahoma City, moving him one step closer to possible sainthood.


Guatemala court: President can’t expel head of U.N. commission

Guatemala’s highest court ruled Tuesday that President Jimmy Morales cannot expel the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission from the country.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Guatemala’s president plunges into constitutional crisis

President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign’s financing – only to have the order quickly blocked by …


Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala’s Pacific coast on Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Local officials said there were initial reports of only minor …


Landslide buries homes and bus in western Guatemala; 11 dead

Part of a waterlogged hillside broke loose and slammed into homes and vehicles in western Guatemala early Tuesday, killing 11 people.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Five dead in magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Guatemala

Five people were killed and seven injured by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Wednesday in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico, Guatemala’s national emergency coordination agency reported.


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Fugitive Mexican ex-Gov. Javier Duarte detained in Guatemala

Javier Duarte, the fugitive former governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring to pilfer from state coffers, was detained in Guatemala on Saturday.


Washington couple accused of exploiting woman from Guatemala

A Washington state couple is facing federal charges for luring a woman north from Guatemala and forcing her to pick an ornamental shrub.


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 4:22 p.m.

Death toll in Guatemala fire rises to 39 girls

A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during …


Guatemalan president vows change after fire kills 35 girls in shelter

Guatemala’s president called for a restructuring of his country’s youth shelter system following a fire that killed at least 35 girls at an overcrowded government facility for children, while grieving …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Fire hits Guatemala children’s shelter, killing at least 21

A fire swept through the female section of a crowded children’s shelter near Guatemala City early Wednesday, and officials said at least 20 girls died and dozens more were injured.


Central American migrants await asylum in southern Mexico

More than 8,000 immigrants are expected to seek asylum this year from Mexico, the majority fleeing gang violence in Honduras and El Salvador and to a lesser extent Guatemala.


Hurricane Earl drenching Belize, then heading for Mexico

Hurricane Earl bore down on the coast of the Caribbean nation of Belize with the danger of high surf and winds, while also threatening neighboring Guatemala and southern Mexico with …


Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans

The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States amid another surge of migrants caught crossing the border illegally.


Spokane nonprofit prepares medical, well-drilling shipment for Guatemala

The group Water for Life has operated in Spokane County for more than a decade, digging 79 wells in Guatemala and delivering clean water and medical supplies to tens of …


Americans beat Honduras 4-0 in Gold Cup warm-up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Clint Dempsey wants to look ahead to helping the U.S. defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and not back to his confrontation with a referee that caused …