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UNESCO removes Belize reef from endangered World Heritage list

Manama - UNESCO removed the Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize from its list of threatened World Heritage Sites on Tuesday, praising the Central American country for its "visionary" steps to protect it.

Saving the underwater wonder world of Belize's reef

- Just a stone's throw off the coast of Belize, brightly colored tropical fish mingle with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles around a sprawling reef beneath the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Belize sets date for vote on Guatemala border dispute

Guatemala City - Belize has set a date in April next year for a referendum on whether to send a long-running border dispute with neighboring Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Guatemala sets stage for referendum over Belize border

Guatemala City - Guatemala is preparing the ground for an April referendum called to help solve a long-simmering border dispute with neighboring Belize, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Mexico braces for more Tropical Storm Franklin

Mexico - Tropical Storm Franklin swept Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, dumping heavy rain on its pristine beaches but doing relatively little damage -- though the country was braced for a second round.

Caribbean braces for Tropical Storm Franklin

Mexico - Mexico, Belize and Guatemala braced Monday for Tropical Storm Franklin, expected to make landfall overnight on the southern Mexican coast -- possibly at hurricane strength.

Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman

Belize City - Belize's government said it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country.

Guatemala, Belize to hold talks on border dispute

Guatemala City - Guatemala and Belize will hold talks in Turkey this weekend on a border dispute that veered toward crisis last month after Belizean soldiers killed a Guatemalan boy.

OAS probes teen's killing amid Guatemala-Belize border tensions

Guatemala City - Tensions over a disputed border between Guatemala and Belize simmered over the weekend with a new shooting incident less than a month after Belizean soldiers killed a teen.

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.

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.

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.

No transit for U.S.-bound Cuban migrants, says Guatemala

San Jos - Thousands of Cubans backed up in Costa Rica and Panama in a frustrated bid to reach the United States will not be permitted to transit through Guatemala, Costa Rica's foreign minister said Thursday.

Belize offshore oil plan will ruin a pristine marine environment

Belmopan - The government of Belize, a country on the Eastern coast of Central America, is considering a draft proposal that would allow offshore drilling in 99 percent of its territorial waters, a move that would threaten the world's second largest coral reef.

Op-Ed: KKK leader disappears and is found living among blacks in Belize

Three decades after vanishing without a trace, former Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinson of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, was found living the high life among Belize's predominantly black population.

Blue Hole of Belize may explain demise of Mayan civilization

The mystery of the demise of the 3,000 year old Mayan civilization has baffled historians and archaeologists for decades. However, new research at the Blue Hole of Belize lends weight to the idea that catastrophic drought brought the empire to its knees.

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.

EU slaps seafood trade ban on Belize, Cambodia, Guinea

Brussels - In its toughest move yet to eradicate illegal fishing, the European Union on Monday blacklisted Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, effectively banning their products from the world's most valuable seafood market.The move to target the three "as countries act...

Police in Belize may lay charges after destruction of Mayan ruin

Archaeologists are appalled and police are considering criminal charges after a construction company willfully destroyed a major ancient Mayan site to make gravel for village roads.

John McAfee escapes Belize: ‘I am safe’

Fugitive and tech mogul John McAfee is impossible to find . . . unless you’re Wired, CNN, or Vice magazine, in which case you can definitely track him down for an on-the-record conversation.

Belize police say John McAfee has not been captured

Belize City - Following reports that the anti-virus software entrepreneur John McAfee, wanted by the police in Belize for questioning in a case of murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, the Daily Mail is reporting that the police say he is still on the run.

Report: John McAfee captured after CNN interview

Security software pioneer John McAfee, who’s currently evading interrogation by the Belizean government, agreed to meet with CNN for a secret interview Saturday.

John McAfee blogs about life on the run in Belize

Belize City - John McAfee, antivirus software mogul, hiding from Belize police after he was described as a "person of interest" in the murder of a neighbor, fellow American Gregory Viant Faull, has started a blog in which he tells the story of his life on the run.

McAfee, accused of murder, to reporter: ‘They will track me down’

John McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, told a reporter Tuesday that he believes Belizean authorities will track him down.

Maya villagers burn down American Crocodile Sanctuary in Belize

Belize City - A crocodile conservation and education sanctuary run by a US couple in Belize has been destroyed and burnt by local people upset about the disappearance of two children.
 

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Road crews tear down a Mayan pyramid in Belize to use for gravel.
Road crews tear down a Mayan pyramid in Belize to use for gravel.
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St Hermans Cave Belize
St Hermans Cave Belize
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Great Blue Hole  Coast of Belize - a phenomenon of Karst topography.
Great Blue Hole, Coast of Belize - a phenomenon of Karst topography.
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Belize does have some oil wells  but they still have to import oil for their energy needs.
Belize does have some oil wells, but they still have to import oil for their energy needs.
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Blue Hole: Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) locate...
Blue Hole: Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) located east of Belize
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Part of Front Street in the town of Punta Gorda  Toledo District  Belize.
Part of Front Street in the town of Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize.
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The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world.
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Half Moon Caye  Belize. Notice the white beaches and clear blue water.
Half Moon Caye, Belize. Notice the white beaches and clear blue water.
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