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Guatemala ex-first lady faces battle for presidency after first round win

9:36pm BST

GUATEMALA CITY Former first lady Sandra Torres won a clear victory in the first round of Guatemala's presidential election, results showed on Monday, but the centre-left candidate faces a tough test to see off her nearest conservative rival in a direct runoff in August.

Former first lady Torres takes lead in Guatemala election

5:45am BST

GUATEMALA CITY Centre-left candidate Sandra Torres took an early lead in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday but was well short of an outright majority and will likely face a major test from a conservative challenger in a run-off.

U.S. plan to make Guatemala take asylum seekers called ludicrous by rights group

14 Jun 2019

GUATEMALA CITY A U.S. plan to make asylum seekers from Honduras and El Salvador seek refuge in Guatemala instead of the United States would endanger, not protect, refugees, a prominent rights group said on Friday as U.S. negotiators met Guatemalan officials.

Drug cartels' ties to politics in spotlight as Guatemala votes

14 Jun 2019

NUEVA CONCEPCION, Guatemala The mayor of Nueva Concepcion, a town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, stands accused by prosecutors of drug trafficking and money laundering for Mexican cartels that use the coastal route to transport cocaine to the United States.

Guatemalan migrant toddler dies weeks after U.S. detention

16 May 2019

WASHINGTON A 2-1/2-year-old Guatemalan migrant boy who was detained last month at the U.S.-Mexico border but released from U.S. custody with his mother during treatment for an illness has died in hospital, authorities said on Wednesday.

At least seven killed, 17 injured in shooting at Guatemala prison

08 May 2019

GUATEMALA CITY At least seven people were killed and 17 injured after shooting broke out at a prison near Guatemala City on Tuesday, according to officials, who said that authorities have regained control at the prison.

Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot

18 Apr 2019

GUATEMALA CITY A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested in Miami on Wednesday and charged with an elaborate plot to use drug cartel money to win the election and assassinate rivals, according to U.S. officials, two months before voters head to the polls.

Guatemala's anti-graft candidate slams brief detention in Honduras

12 Apr 2019

TEGUCIGALPA/GUATEMALA CITY A Guatemalan presidential hopeful known for taking on high-profile corruption cases as attorney general said on Thursday she was detained at an airport in Honduras before abruptly leaving the country shortly afterward.

Guatemala amnesty would free war criminals, soldiers who held women as sex slaves

27 Mar 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Starting in 1982, during one of the darkest moments of Guatemala’s civil war, at least 11 Mayan Q’eqchi indigenous women were kidnapped, enslaved and raped over a period of six years at an army camp in the jungle.

Guatemalan judge orders arrest of former attorney general

20 Mar 2019

GUATEMALA CITY A Guatemalan judge has ordered the arrest of former attorney general and presidential candidate Thelma Aldana on charges including embezzlement, the police said on Tuesday, amid an escalating campaign on high-profile corruption and rights cases.

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