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Sofia Menchu

Deep in Guatemala's jungle, drugs and murder are new neighbors to palm oil

09 Oct 2019

SEMUY II, Guatemala Bulletholes scar a wall in the only school in Semuy II, a remote village in northeastern Guatemala where three soldiers were shot dead early in September as they searched for jungle landing strips used by drug traffickers.

Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge

20 Sep 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala is no longer just a transit point for traffickers seeking to smuggle cocaine north towards the United States, authorities said on Thursday after security officials discovered several coca plantations and processing laboratories.

Guatemala deploys 2,000 troops after deadly attack on soldiers

10 Sep 2019

IZABAL, Guatemala Hundreds of Guatemalan soldiers were deployed on Monday to an area near the border with Honduras and Mexico, home to long-standing social conflicts, in a bid to improve security after three soldiers were gunned down by suspected drug runners.

Guatemala arrests former presidential candidate on eve of U.N. graft team exit

02 Sep 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemalan police arrested former presidential candidate Sandra Torres at her home on Monday on charges of violating campaign finance rules, just hours before the departure of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that shook the political class.

Judges sweat over Guatemala anti-graft fight after U.N. commission's ouster

30 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY In late August, U.N. officials, judges and civil society leaders met in Guatemala to say farewell to a U.N. commission that fought political corruption before its mandate was terminated by President Jimmy Morales.

U.S. envoy offers farm visas to boost asylum deal with Guatemala

20 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala's outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available to Guatemalans.

Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress

13 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei has vowed to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month, but any room for manoeuvre is seen as likely to be hampered by weakness in the national Congress.

Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress

13 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei has vowed to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month, but any room for maneuver is seen as likely to be hampered by weakness in the national Congress.

Anti-graft group's exit to test mettle of new Guatemala leader

12 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala's next leader, Alejandro Giammattei, could not have asked for clearer endorsement of his scepticism towards President Donald Trump's proposed immigration deal than when a visiting U.S. lawmaker last week said the plan was unfeasible.

Guatemala conservative romps to landslide win, faces big migration test

12 Aug 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Conservative Alejandro Giammattei swept aside his center-left rival in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, and now inherits an unpopular migration deal agreed under duress with the Trump administration that could severely test his country. | Video

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