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Tropical Storm Amanda death toll rises to 26 in Central America

Sansalvador - The death toll from Tropical Storm Amanda in Central America rose to 26 even as a new storm was forming in the Gulf of Mexico, reports said on Tuesday.

Storm Amanda leaves at least 18 dead in Central America

Sansalvador - Emergency workers were searching for seven people still missing Monday as El Salvador and its Central American neighbors picked through the destruction after the first named Pacific storm of the year left at least 18 people dead.

Deadly Tropical Storm Amanda hits El Salvador, Guatemala

Sansalvador - Tropical Storm Amanda triggered flash floods, landslides and power outages as it barrelled through El Salvador and Guatemala Sunday, killing 14 people, authorities said, warning of further heavy rain to come.

Tropical storm Amanda leaves 9 dead in El Salvador: officials

Sansalvador - Tropical storm Amanda, the first named storm of the season in the Pacific, lashed El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday, leaving nine people dead amid flooding and power outages.

Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations

Guatemala City - Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus.

Judge rejects petition to release Guatemala ex-president

Guatemala City - A judge on Tuesday rejected an appeal by jailed Guatemalan ex-president Otto Perez to be released into house arrest over fears of contracting the coronavirus.

Colored flags signal Guatemalans' need for help under virus curfew

Guatemala City - Floridalma Chavez, 24, hangs a bit of white cloth in the window of her home in Guatemala City, alerting the neighborhood that she and her family need help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Guatemala find reveals early Mayan writing

Guatemala City - A 2,000 year old stela recently discovered in Guatemala has revealed examples of the genesis of Mayan writing, according to experts studying the ancient civilization that dominated much of Central America.

Guatemala to ask US for ex anti-corruption prosecutor's extradition

Guatemala City - Guatemala said on Wednesday it will ask the United States to extradite former anti-corruption prosecutor Thelma Aldana, who fled to the US last year after a warrant was issued for her arrest over graft.

Mexico detained more than 2,000 after caravan border crossing

Mexico - Mexican migration authorities released Wednesday an official count of the number of people detained along the country's southern border two days before, estimating that more than 2,000 people were "rescued" after they crossed the border with Guatemala....

Mexican troops block US-bound caravan travelers

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican troops urged some 1,500 Central American migrants to maintain "order and respect" on Saturday after the group attempted to force entry into the country from Guatemala in the hopes of trekking onward to the United States.

Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala

Guatemala City - More than 1,000 Honduran migrants broke through a police barrier on the border with Guatemala on Thursday in a bid to join hundreds of others heading for the United States.

Giammattei set to swear in as Guatemala president under corruption cloud

Guatemala City - Right-wing Alejandro Giammattei is set to swear in as Guatemala's new president on Tuesday with a vow to tackle corruption, replacing the unpopular Jimmy Morales.

US will send Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala: DHS

Washington - The United States will send some Mexicans seeking asylum to Guatemala, concluding a controversial migration deal with Washington, the US Department of Homeland Security told AFP on Monday.

Guatemalan indigenous people march in support of Morales

Guatemala City - Hundreds of indigenous people marched through the Guatemalan capital on Thursday in support of Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales, granted asylum in Mexico after resigning amid protests over election irregularities.

US gives security support to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador would receive assistance on law enforcement and security issues after they signed immigration agreements with Washington.

Guatemala sees hike in migrant expulsions from Mexico

Guatemala City - Mexico has sent more than 100,000 Central American migrants back across its border with Guatemala since January, a 63 percent rise on the same period last year, the government announced Wednesday.

Guatemala's UN-backed anti-corruption body shuts down

Guatemala City - UN anti-corruption prosecutors pulled the curtain down on more than a decade of high-profile investigations in Guatemala when its mandate ended Tuesday, heightening fears of a return to impunity in the Central American country.

New Guatemalan leader demands respect from Trump

Guatemala City - Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei said in an interview with AFP he would not seek confrontation with President Donald Trump over Central America's migration crisis but would demand respect from his US counterpart.

Conservative Giammattei elected Guatemala president

Guatemala City - Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala's president on Sunday, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off, the central American country's electoral court said.

Authoritarian or angry? Guatemala's presidential candidates

Guatemala City - Guatemalans worried by corruption, poverty, gang violence and migration head to the polls on Sunday to decide which of two candidates will be their next president: center-left former first lady Sandra Torres or conservative Alejandro Giammattei.

US migration pact weighs heavily on Guatemala election

Guatemala City - More than eight million Guatemalans will head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president with the country mired in a political scandal over a controversial migration deal with the United States.

US eyes migration deals with rest of Central America after Guatemala's

Guatemala City - The United States will seek migration deals with El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, akin to last week's with Guatemala, to curb emigration from Central America, a senior US official said Thursday.

Guatemalans protest controversial US migrant pact

Guatemala City - Dozens of Guatemalans protested on Wednesday against a controversial pact signed by the government with Washington aimed at curbing migration into the United States.

Canada miner apologizes for violating Guatemala protesters' rights

Montr - A Canadian mining firm has apologized after reaching an agreement with demonstrators shot and wounded while protesting the company's Guatemalan gold and silver mine, according to statements Tuesday from both sides.

Migration deal with US meets mixed reactions in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A migration pact with the United States drew sharply mixed reactions in Guatemala on Saturday, as business groups welcomed it for helping avoid US punitive measures while rights groups called it "cruel and illegal.

Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Friday that a "landmark" asylum agreement has been reached with Guatemala, as the United States ratchets up pressure on its southern neighbors to stem the flow of migrants towards its border.

Despondent Guatemalan coffee growers dream of US return

Morales - Many Guatemalans who spent years working in the United States to come home and set up a small coffee-growing business have seen their savings drained and their hopes dashed due to low coffee prices.

US diverts Central America aid to boost Venezuela's Guaido

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration is diverting nearly $42 million in development aid from Guatemala and Honduras to promote Venezuela's opposition chief Juan Guaido, including paying staff salaries, an internal document showed.

Guatemala court blocks signing of migration deal with US

Guatemala City - Guatemala's constitutional court has granted an injunction blocking President Jimmy Morales from signing a controversial deal with the United States that would oblige the Central American country to welcome migrants, at least in the short term.
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This is a round structure uncovered at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
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Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
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Archaeologists excavate an early residential structure at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), 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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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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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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Mayan Ceremony to mark the end of the 13th Baktun - December 21, 2012
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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Crossing Mexico's Southern border on the Suchiate River on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
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An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala on September 6, 2013.
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Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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