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Guatemala arrests dozens of gang members in raids

Guatemala City - Security forces on Monday launched raids on one of the biggest gangs in Guatemala, arresting 72 suspected members of a cell specializing in extortion, officials said.

Rescuers look for 24 missing in deadly Guatemala landfill slide

Guatemala City - Rescuers in Guatemala searched Friday for 24 people missing in a massive landfill slide in the capital earlier this week from which four bodies have already been recovered, an official said.

Crisis with Guatemala over: Belize PM

Guatemala City - Belize's prime minister on Monday declared that a crisis with neighboring Guatemala prompted by a deadly shooting last week on their disputed border is "over.

Guatemala deploys 3,000 troops to disputed border with Belize

Guatemala City - Guatemala has deployed 3,000 troops to its disputed border with Belize following a shooting incident that killed a Guatemalan teen, Defense Minister Williams Mansilla said.

Guatemalan ex-president linked to new corruption case

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez, who is in jail awaiting trial on corruption allegations, now also faces charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from a Spanish port company.

Five sentenced for murder of Argentine singer in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court on Thursday convicted and sentenced five men to prison for the 2011 murder of Argentine musician Facundo Cabral, who was hugely popular across Latin America.

Assange could leave Ecuador embassy this year: Lawyer

Guatemala City - Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, could leave his refuge before the end of this year, a high-profile former Spanish judge who leads his legal team told AFP on Wednesday.

Five on trial in Guatemala for 2011 murder of Argentine singer

Guatemala City - Five men accused of the 2011 murder of an Argentine singer-songwriter-philosopher who had legions of fans across Latin America went on trial Monday in Guatemala's capital, after years of delays spurred by defense motions.

Guatemala's ex-president to find out later if going to trial

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former president Otto Perez will find out at a later date if he is going to trial on corruption charges after a judge suspended a decision that was to be handed down on Monday.

Ex-dictator faces genocide retrial in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court on Wednesday began a closed-door retrial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed during his 1982-1983 rule.

Judge orders new corruption probe of Guatemala ex-VP

Guatemala City - A Guatemala judge ordered a new corruption probe against former vice president Roxana Baldetti, who is already in jail facing trial on graft charges.

Businessman 'in danger' for testifying against Guatemala ex-leader

Guatemala City - A businessman testifying against former Guatemalan president Otto Perez in a corruption case is "in danger" and needs witness protection, the head of UN-backed body tackling graft said on Wednesday.

Guatemala on alert as volcano spews ash over vast area

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities issued a warning Wednesday as the country's Fuego volcano, located near the capital, spewed ash into the air.

Guatemala convicts two ex-soldiers for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court has sentenced two former soldiers to 120 and 240 years of prison for subjecting at least 15 indigenous women to sexual slavery and other crimes during the country's civil war.

Brother of Guatemala's ex-VP, 13 others arrested for fraud

Guatemala City - The brother of Guatemala's former vice president Roxana Baldetti and at least 13 other people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fraud involving a public contract for an Israeli company to clean up a public lake.

Two ex-soldiers tried in Guatemala for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - Two retired soldiers were in court Monday facing charges of murder, forced disappearance, and forcing 11 indigenous women into sexual slavery during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war.

Ex-Guatemalan army officers face civil war sex slavery charges

Two former Guatemalan army officers who served under the US-backed military dictatorship that committed genocide against Mayan peasants during a 36-year civil war will be tried for crimes against humanity, including rape and sexual enslavement.

Renewed hope for U.S.-bound Cubans stuck in Central America

Guatemala City - Central American states and Mexico on Wednesday agreed to maintain a flight-and-bus corridor for thousands of Cubans marooned in Costa Rica to make it to the United States.

New Guatemala leader calls for 'justice' against war-era officers

Guatemala City - Guatemala's new president, Jimmy Morales, said Friday he wants "justice, not revenge" meted out to ex-army personnel accused of atrocities during his country's 1960-1996 civil war.

Comedian takes office as Guatemala's new president

Guatemala City - Jimmy Morales, a former TV comic elected Guatemala's new president on a wave of public revulsion against widespread graft, took office in a ceremony attended by leaders from the Americas.
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