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Sofia Menchu

Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide

30 Nov 2019

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala's human rights prosecutor on Friday indicted another former top military official for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the bloodiest phase of the Central American country's 36-year civil war.

Honduran migrant sent back under new U.S. deal resigned to fate for now

23 Nov 2019

GUATEMALA CITY The first Honduran migrant sent back to Central America under new restrictions pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump expressed sadness and confusion over his circumstances on Friday, resigned for now to his failure to join relatives living in America.

Shifting asylum 'burden,' U.S. sends Guatemala first Honduran migrant

22 Nov 2019

GUATEMALA CITY A Honduran man flew from El Paso, Texas, to Guatemala City on a nearly empty Boeing 737 on Thursday, the first foreign asylum seeker sent back under a U.S. agreement designating Guatemala as a so-called safe third country for people fleeing persecution.

U.S. says no plans to send asylum seekers to remote Guatemalan regions

17 Nov 2019

GUATEMALA CITY/WASHINGTON The U.S. government said on Saturday that it had no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the Central American country floated the plan during negotiations for a bilateral migration agreement this week.

U.S. agents at Guatemala checkpoints see holes in border security

01 Nov 2019

EL PROGRESO, Guatemala At a highway checkpoint in central Guatemala, 10 U.S. officers in caps and sunglasses and packing concealed weapons watched as local border agents flagged down vehicles, inspected documents and prepared to fingerprint any undocumented migrants. | Video

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.

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Democrats zoom in on Trump impeachment charges this week

Democratic lawmakers could vote this week on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the House Judiciary Committee chairman said on Sunday as lawmakers sharpened their focus on charges of wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine.