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Customs agents fraud ring busted in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Guatemala busted a ring of at least 15 customs agents, port workers and transport company workers on Friday accused of using falsified documents to avoid paying customs duties.

Guatemala gang attacks police after raid on detention center

Guatemala City - One of Guatemala's most-feared gangs, Barrio 18, has launched a wave of murderous attacks on police across the country following the storming of a detention center overrun by its jailed members, officials said Tuesday.

Police storm Guatemala juvenile center and free guards

San Jos - Guatemalan police stormed a juvenile detention center Monday and freed four guards taken hostage by inmates who killed two others during a riot over what they called harsh treatment.

Gang prisoners kill guards, take hostages in Guatemala

San Jos - Imprisoned young gang members killed two guards and held four others hostage in a riot in a juvenile detention center in Guatemala, police said Monday.

Guatemala asks Interpol to watch out for war crimes suspect

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Saturday asked Interpol to be on the lookout for a lawmaker accused of war crimes dating back to its 1960-1996 civil war.

Guatemala appoints new welfare minister after fire tragedy

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales presented a new social welfare minister Wednesday after her predecessor's arrest following a fire in a children's shelter that killed 40 teenage girls.

Guatemala arrests three over fire that killed 40 at shelter

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities probing a fire that killed 40 teenage girls at an overcrowded shelter have arrested three sacked officials from the social welfare ministry and charged them with manslaughter, the government said Tuesday.

Guatemala minister resigns over fire that killed 40

Guatemala City - Guatemala's minister for social welfare, Carlos Rodas, offered his resignation Monday after a blaze in a government-run children's shelter killed 40 teenage girls.

Guatemala shelter fire death toll climbs to 39

Guatemala City - The death toll in a horrific fire at a government-run shelter for Guatemalan teens has climbed to 39, officials said.

Guatemala begins burying 36 girls killed in shelter fire

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Friday held the first funeral for 36 teenage girls killed in a horrific fire in a government-run shelter at the center of allegations of sexual abuse and other mistreatment by staff.

Guatemala mourns 35 girls killed in shelter fire

Guatemala City - Guatemala recoiled in anger and shock Thursday at the deaths of 35 teenage girls in a fire at a government-run shelter where staff have been accused of sexual abuse and other mistreatment.

20 teenage girls killed in Guatemala shelter fire

San Jos - The death toll from a fire in a government-run children's shelter in Guatemala rose to 20 late Wednesday after a girl aged around 14 succumbed to burns, the hospital treating her said.

US official backs Guatemala's fight against drugs, corruption

Guatemala City - The United States on Monday lent weight to fighting drug trafficking and corruption in Guatemala with a visit by a State Department official focused on those issues.

Guatemala expels Dutch 'abortion ship'

Guatemala City - Guatemala has expelled a Dutch "abortion ship" carrying activists who had vowed to help women circumvent the country's longstanding prohibition against terminating pregnancies, the army said Sunday.

US seeks extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

Guatemala City - The United States embassy said it will seek the extradition of Guatemala's former vice president Roxana Baldetti and ex-interior minister Mauricio Lopez on drug trafficking charges.

Guatemala navy moves on Dutch 'abortion ship' after protests

- Guatemala's navy on Thursday dispatched a vessel to watch over a Dutch "abortion ship" carrying activists vowing to help women circumvent the country's longstanding prohibition on terminating pregnancies.

'No mass roundups' of migrants in US Homeland Security chief says

Guatemala City - The United States is not carrying out mass roundups or deportations under its tough crackdown on undocumented migrants, but it is determined to "gain control" of its southern border, its domestic security chief said Wednesday.

Thousands bury two boys kidnapped, murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Two indigenous children murdered by unidentified kidnappers were buried on Tuesday west of Guatemala's capital, in a funeral attended by thousands of people.

Motorcycle pilgrims pay homage to Guatemala's 'Black Christ'

Guatemala City - Some 30,000 motorcycle-riding Catholics left the Guatemalan capital Saturday on a pilgrimage to the eastern city of Esquipulas to venerate the so-called Black Christ.

Guatemala leader's son and brother arrested on corruption charges

Guatemala City - A son and a brother of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract, officials said.

Guatemala asks Trump to guarantee 'protection' of migrants

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Wednesday asked Donald Trump to ensure the "protection" of migrants in the United States, fearing his campaign promise to deport undocumented foreigners.

Guatemala eliminates river blindness

Guatemala has become the fourth country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness disease. The announcement represents tough action by national and international bodies.

Jewish community in Guatemala resettles, claiming harassment

Guatemala City - A community of Orthodox Jews living outside Guatemala's capital moved out Sunday, claiming persecution because of their faith.The 500-strong group hails from the United States, Israel, Canada, several European countries, Mexico and El Salvador.

Guatemala landslide kills nine

Guatemala City - A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed at least nine people in a poor shantytown on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, authorities said Wednesday.The tragedy hit Tuesday night in Villa Nueva, just south of Guatemala City.

Honduras, Guatemala most dangerous for environmentalists: AI

Guatemala City - Honduras and Guatemala are the most dangerous countries in the world for environmentalists due to the persecution and even murder of activists, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Guatemala mayor arrested over mudslide that killed 280

Guatemala City - A mayor of a Guatemalan village was arrested Thursday for allegedly ignoring warnings ahead of a mudslide that engulfed a community in 2015, killing 280 people.

The 'rented out' children on Guatemala's streets

Guatemala City - Kids can be seen cleaning windshields or juggling in clown makeup on street corners in Guatemala's cities.

Daughter of murdered journalist gunned down in Guatemala

Guatemala City - The daughter of a Guatemalan journalist murdered in June was herself fatally shot on Tuesday in her hometown of Coatepeque, police said.Lindaura Aceituno, 36, died after being taken to hospital with several bullet wounds.

Thirteen killed in Guatemala prison riot: authorities

Guatemala City - Thirteen people were killed on Monday in a prison riot in Guatemala, among them an ex-soldier imprisoned for killing a Roman Catholic bishop almost two decades ago, authorities said.

Guatemalan drug lords burning down forests to land planes

Drug traffickers burning down Guatemalan forest to make clandestine landing strips for planes carrying US-bound cocaine have razed an area twice the size of Manhattan this year, officials say.
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This is a round structure uncovered at Ceibal  from about 500 B.C.
This is a round structure uncovered at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
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Mayan Ceremony to mark the end of the 13th Baktun - December 21  2012
Mayan Ceremony to mark the end of the 13th Baktun - December 21, 2012
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Violent Evictions at El Estor  Guatemala.
Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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Archaeologists excavate an early residential structure at Ceibal  from about 500 B.C.
Archaeologists excavate an early residential structure at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
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A traditional indigenous home.  The roof is made from manaca palm leaves.  The house is typical of t...
A traditional indigenous home. The roof is made from manaca palm leaves. The house is typical of the Golfo Dulce área, Guatemala.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Mayan women in Guatemala
Mayan women in Guatemala
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Sandra Torres  presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupts on September 13  2012
Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupts on September 13, 2012
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman  Guatemala on September 6  2013.
An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala on September 6, 2013.
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Map of southern Mexico and Central America
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A Guatemalan elementary school student
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