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Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members

Guatemala is pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and …

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Trump blames Democrats for migrant child deaths at U.S. border

President Donald Trump deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children this month in U.S. government custody as his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol …

U.S. says 2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Body of girl who died at U.S. border returns to Guatemala

The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was to be driven hours into …

Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles …

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward U.S.

About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration …

Food, water, ride: Guatemalans aid Honduran caravan migrants

Sweaty, sunburned and exhausted, Jonathan Zuniga had been carrying his 1-year-old baby in his arms for five hours when help arrived unexpectedly from a local woman who offered him a …

Migrant caravan swells in Honduras as group nears Guatemala

Hundreds more Hondurans have joined a caravan of migrants moving toward the country’s border with Guatemala in a desperate attempt to flee poverty and seek new lives in the United …

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.