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Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter U.S.

Guatemala City - The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala Friday, amid a raging U.S. debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.
In the Media by AFP

Guatemalan ex-guerrilla convicted of indigenous massacre

- A Guatemalan court handed down the country's first conviction of a leftist guerrilla leader for the killings of indigenous farmers during the 1960-1996 civil war.
In the Media by Henry Morales (AFP)

Guatemalan man tries to smuggle cocaine in freshly baked cookies

Newark - Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez wasn't bringing back his grandmother's home baked cookies to share with friends. These freshly baked cookies contain a secret ingredient - 118 pellets of cocaine - and are worth $50,000.
In the Media by Malysa Stratton Louk - 7 comments

Biden to discuss child migrants on Guatemala visit

Guatemala City - US Vice President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the growing numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico illegally trying to cross the US border.
In the Media by Edgar Calderon (AFP)

Little ‘coqui’ frog of Puerto Rico shows effect of climate change

A study on the differences in size and mating calls of a tiny Puerto Rican frog over a 23-year period suggests the male frog is getting smaller and its mating call becoming shorter and higher pitched. The differences may be caused by climate change.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 2 comments

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Mexican army frees dozens of kidnapped immigrants

Ciudad Victoria - Soldiers freed 60 immigrants of various nationalities who were being held in a warehouse in Northeastern Mexico by an organized crime group, according to the news agency Proceso.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Guatemalan farmers protest land seizures and high electric costs

Guatemala City - An estimated 20,000 farmers protested the government’s continued confiscation of land for hydroelectric facilities and power lines. The demonstration shut down parts of the capital on Friday.
In the Media by Justin King

Helping children for over 50 years: The Have-A-Heart Campaign Special

Chiropractic colleges, hundreds of chiropractic clinics, and advocacy groups around the world are helping the non-profit Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center by participating in the Have-A-Heart Campaign during Valentine's Day week, February 7-15.
Digital Journal Report by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Sochi to display captured orcas during Winter Olympic Games

Sochi - As the Russian city of Sochi gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, two killer whales recently captured from the wild in the Russian Far East will debut in Sochi for the Olympic Games along with a dolphin torchbearer.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Defensora film — Foreign injustice by Canadian mining Hudbay Special

Halifax - One man dead in a poor Mayan village in Guatemala. Why should it matter to us? Well it did matter to me, as I watched the images of last night's screening of Defensora at the Dalhousie Law School in Halifax.
Digital Journal Report by Sara Star - 3 comments

6.6-magnitude earthquake hits Mexico-Guatemala border

Guatemala City - The US Geological Survey reports that the border between Mexico and Guatemala was shaken up on Friday night by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Go directly to jail: Guatemala passes tough new gun law

Guatemala City - Even as homicide rates fall, Guatemala has enacted strict measures which will send anyone caught carrying a firearm straight to jail until trial.
In the Media by John Sevigny

Colombia first country in the world to banish ‘river blindness’

The World Health Organization has confirmed Colombia as the first country in the world having eliminated Onchocerciasis (river blindness), a neglected tropical disease which infects approximately 37 million people in 35 countries worldwide.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 7 comments

Review: Ancestry and Artistry — Maya textiles at the Textile Museum Special

Toronto - Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala celebrates the inventive skills of Maya women's craft. This exhibit displays huipiles and other types of clothing from over a period of nearly 50 years, and the evolution of style both local and global.
Digital Journal Report by Elka Weinstei - 2 comments

Former US-backed Guatemalan dictator guilty of genocide

Guatemala City - A former US-backed military dictator of Guatemala has been found guilty of the genocide of more than 1,700 of his countrymen during his de facto rule 30 years ago.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala

Guatemala City - The earthquake hit Guatemala yesterday afternoon just 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and close to the nation's capital. The quake registered 124.3 miles (200 kilometers) deep.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

Austin - Texas state troopers will no longer be permitted to shoot immigrants from helicopters under new rules announced on Thursday.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 9 comments

Former US-backed Guatemalan dictator to face genocide charges

Guatemala City - A former US-backed Guatemalan military dictator will be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the slaughter of thousands of his people.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments
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