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Fuego Volcano eruption subsides in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A live volcano whose increased activity this week near Guatemala's capital -- causing ash columns in the sky, explosions and tremors -- sparked an alert subsided on Wednesday, emergency response officials said.

Guatemala raises legal age of marriage from 14 to 18

Guatemala City - Guatemalan lawmakers on Thursday passed a law raising the minimum age for marriage after human rights groups cited alarming figures for early pregnancies and other risks for wedded girls.

Serious work ahead for comedian voted Guatemala leader

Guatemala City - Comedian and political neophyte Jimmy Morales, elected president of Guatemala in a landslide, faced the morning-after challenge of restoring confidence in a state ravaged by corruption, gang violence and poverty.

Corruption-weary Guatemalans elect comedian as president

Guatemala City - Comedian Jimmy Morales won a landslide victory in Guatemala's presidential race Sunday despite having no political experience, after a campaign upended by a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing president.

Comedian hot favorite in Guatemala presidential runoff

Guatemala City - Guatemalans voted in a presidential runoff election between a comedian with no political experience and a former first lady, amid outrage over a corruption scandal that felled the ex-president.

Comedian hot favorite in Guatemala vote runoff

Guatemala City - A comedian with no political experience looks poised to become Guatemala's next president when the country votes Sunday in a runoff election, amid the fallout of a massive corruption scandal.

Fed up with graft, Guatemala chooses next president

Guatemala City - After a campaign upended by a massive corruption scandal that felled the former president, Guatemala elects its replacement Sunday in a run-off between a politically inexperienced comedian and a former first lady.

The candidates vying to be Guatemala's next president

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemala holds a run-off election Sunday between surprise front-runner Jimmy Morales -- a comedian with no political experience -- and former first lady Sandra Torres. - From comic to president?

Guatemala, wracked by 36 years of civil war

Guatemala City - Guatemala, Central America's most populated country, has been wracked by 36 years of civil war, gang violence and poverty.

Guatemala ends search for landslide missing with toll at 280

Guatemala City - Guatemala called off a search Tuesday for dozens of people still missing in a landslide that killed at least 280 people, authorities said.

Guatemala mudslide: 264 dead, 40 still missing

Santa Catarina Pinula - Forty people are still missing following last week's deadly mudslides outside Guatemala City that killed 264 people, according to the latest tolls, a spokesman for search and rescue workers said Saturday.

Guatemala mudslide toll rises to 253 dead

Santa Catarina Pinula - The mounting toll from a mudslide that buried a Guatemalan community on October 1 has risen to 253 confirmed dead, authorities said Friday, with several hundred more unaccounted for.

Former Guatemala dictator's amnesty appeal denied

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan appeals court rejected an amnesty request from former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, whose retrial for genocide during the country's civil war is due to begin in January, the civil parties to the case said Thursday.

Guatemala mudslide death toll climbs to 237: official

Guatemala City - Rescuers have recovered 237 bodies from the remains of a village near the Guatemalan capital that was buried under a landslide one week ago, an official said Thursday.

Guatemala volcano roars back to life

Guatemala City - A volcano near the Guatemalan capital roared back to life on Wednesday, spewing ash high into the air, disaster safety officials said.

Death toll from Guatemala landslide rises to 191: Official

Santa Catarina Pinula - Rescue workers pulled 20 more bodies from a landslide outside the Guatemalan capital, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 191, officials said on Wednesday.

Guatemala mudslide toll climbs to 171 dead: Official

Santa Catarina Pinula - Emergency workers unearthed 10 more bodies from a landslide outside the Guatemalan capital, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 171, officials said on Tuesday.

Death toll in Guatemala landslide rises to 161

Santa Catarina Pinula - The death toll from a landslide that devastated a Guatemalan village has risen to 161 as emergency workers continue pulling bodies from the mud and debris, officials said Tuesday.

More rain threatens Guatemala mudslide victims search

Guatemala City - With 300 people still missing, Guatemala rescue crews resumed the grim search for victims Monday in rubble left by a mudslide that officials say has claimed at least 131 lives.

Guatemala bribe scandal fugitive surrenders

Guatemala City - The alleged mastermind of a bribery scheme that forced the resignation last month of Guatemala's president turned himself into authorities Monday after nearly six months on the run, the public prosecutor's office said.
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