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Guatemala mayoral candidate, guards shot dead

Guatemala City - A mayoral candidate and his three body guards were gunned down in San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala, his party said Wednesday, the second member of the group killed in less than a week.

Ex-Guatemalan despot incompetent to stand trial: Doctors

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, charged with genocide during a brief but particularly brutal period of the country's civil war, is incompetent to stand trial, doctors said Tuesday.

Thousands march against corruption-plagued Guatemala president

Guatemala City - Some 5,000 protesters marched night in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week.

Eruptions subside at Guatemala's Fuego volcano

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano has subsided after eruptions that showered the area around it with ash, officials said Thursday.

Guatemala issues danger warning as volcano activity intensifies

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities issued a danger warning Wednesday in response to intensifying activity in the country's Fuego Volcano.

Guatemala volcano grows more active, spews ash

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano shook from explosions Sunday and spewed ashes over nearby communities as it entered a more intense phase of activity, authorities said.

Guatemalan president vows to stay despite graft probe

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said Thursday he has no plans to resign despite being investigated for corruption and facing the possible lifting of his presidential immunity.

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president: Court

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.

Lawyer of ex-dictator Rios Montt is slain in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an attorney for Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who has been charged with genocide during the Central American nation's civil war, authorities said.

Angry mob in Guatemala beat and then burn 16-year-old girl alive

An angry mob of over 100 people, including young children, stood back and watched as some members of the group beat a 16-year-old-girl bloody, knocked her to the ground and then set her on fire. VIDEO HAS BEEN EDITED

Guatemalan president sacks 3 ministers amid graft scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemala's embattled President Otto Perez fired three ministers and his spy chief Thursday, seeking to get a grip on a deepening corruption scandal that already claimed his vice president.

Guatemalan central bank, social security chiefs arrested

Guatemala City - The heads of the Guatemalan central bank and social security administration were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges, prosecutors said, the latest blow to embattled President Otto Perez.

Guatemalans push for resignation of president

Guatemala City - Thousands took to the streets in Guatemala City, demanding that President Otto Perez step down due to a corruption scandal that has shaken his government to its core.

Guatemalan schools request publications from Jehovah's Witnesses

Guatemala City - As crime rises exponentially in Guatemala, three schools have requested publications from Jehovah's Witnesses in an effort to curb youth crime in the country.

Guatemalan vice president resigns amid corruption scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez announced his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, was resigning after one of her top aides was accused of participating in a customs bribery ring.

Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign

Guatemala City - Thousands marched in Guatemala to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government.

Guatemalan Olympic icon accuses DJ of racist taunt

Guatemala City - Historymaking Olympic athlete Erick Barrondo, an indigenous Guatemalan, spoke out against racism Wednesday after a radio DJ posted a picture of him on Twitter alongside comments that he deemed offensive.

'Worst' serial rapist in Honduran history captured in Mexico

Tegucigalpa - A Honduran man serving time for raping more than 40 woman and under-aged girls has been captured in Mexico after escaping from prison in his country.

Op-Ed: Climate change in Central America — Wildlife struggles to survive

Climate change in Central America is affecting wildlife in profound ways, but few places have been as seriously affected as Guatemala's Laguna Del Tigre National Park which suffered a devastating wildfire as the result of an El Niño in 1998.

Guatemala's ex-president Portillo home from U.S. jail

Guatemala City - Guatemala's ex-president Alfonso Portillo returned home after serving time in a U.S. prison for money laundering in a graft scandal involving Taiwan.
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