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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.

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.

Comedian Morales takes power in rough Guatemala

Guatemala City - Television comedian Jimmy Morales takes office as the new president Thursday in Guatemala, a country whose pressing problems offer little to laugh about: poverty, corruption and deadly violence.

Guatemala prison gang battle leaves six dead

Guatemala City - A battle between rival gangs in an overcrowded prison near Guatemala's capital left six inmates dead and another six wounded, officials said Tuesday.

Guatemala retrial of ex-dictator Rios Montt suspended

Guatemala City - A retrial in Guatemala of a former dictator accused of genocide, Efrain Rios Montt, that was supposed to start Monday has been suspended following defense challenges, lawyers for both sides said.

Guatemalan ex-dictator set for genocide retrial

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

Guatemala arrests 17 ex-military over civil war abuses

Guatemala City - The Guatemalan security forces Wednesday arrested 17 retired military personnel accused of massacres and other human rights abuses during the Central American country's 1960-1996 civil war, prosecutors said.

C. America's violent Northern Triangle records 17,422 murders in 2015

Sansalvador - Central America's so-called Northern Triangle -- Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras -- recorded a total 17,422 murders in 2015, 11 percent higher than for 2014, according to preliminary police tallies.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Guatemala warily monitors erupting volcano

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities Monday warily monitored the eruption of a volcano near its capital that spewed columns of ash up to seven kilometers (four miles) high.

Guatemala disputes stranded Cubans need humanitarian access

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Wednesday rejected an argument by Costa Rica that thousands of stranded US-bound Cuban migrants should be allowed to travel through Central America on humanitarian grounds.

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake strikes southern Mexico

Gutierrez - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake rattled southern Mexico on Thursday, prompting people to evacuate buildings and schools, while the quake was also felt in neighboring Guatemala.

Cuban migrant crisis on agenda as Costa Rican president visits Havana

Havana - Costa Rica's president landed in Havana Sunday amid mounting regional tension over the fate of thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica en route to the United States.

Guatemala prosecutors formally accuse ex-president of graft

Guatemala City - Guatemalan prosecutors on Wednesday formally accused former president Otto Perez of corruption and called for him to go on trial for links to officials who allegedly took bribes in exchange for lifting import taxes for businessmen.

Guatemala demands Mexico pledge over blocked Cuban migrants

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Wednesday said it needed a pledge from Mexico that it would allow in thousands of Cuban migrants headed to the US before it can let them transit its territory from Costa Rica or Panama.

Guatemalans 'burn the devil' in annual holiday tradition

Antigua Guatemala - Guatemalan Catholics gathered across the country as part of a centuries-old tradition to "burn the devil", lighting bonfires in the street to mark the beginning of the holiday season.

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.

Seventeen killed in Guatemala prison fight: official

Escuintla - Seventeen people have been killed in fighting inside a maximum security prison in Guatemala, officials said Monday as hundreds of police moved to take control of the facility.

Fuego Volcano eruption subsides in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A live volcano whose increased activity this week near Guatemala's capital -- causing ash columns in the sky, explosions and tremors -- sparked an alert subsided on Wednesday, emergency response officials said.

Guatemala raises legal age of marriage from 14 to 18

Guatemala City - Guatemalan lawmakers on Thursday passed a law raising the minimum age for marriage after human rights groups cited alarming figures for early pregnancies and other risks for wedded girls.

Serious work ahead for comedian voted Guatemala leader

Guatemala City - Comedian and political neophyte Jimmy Morales, elected president of Guatemala in a landslide, faced the morning-after challenge of restoring confidence in a state ravaged by corruption, gang violence and poverty.

Corruption-weary Guatemalans elect comedian as president

Guatemala City - Comedian Jimmy Morales won a landslide victory in Guatemala's presidential race Sunday despite having no political experience, after a campaign upended by a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing president.

Comedian hot favorite in Guatemala presidential runoff

Guatemala City - Guatemalans voted in a presidential runoff election between a comedian with no political experience and a former first lady, amid outrage over a corruption scandal that felled the ex-president.

Comedian hot favorite in Guatemala vote runoff

Guatemala City - A comedian with no political experience looks poised to become Guatemala's next president when the country votes Sunday in a runoff election, amid the fallout of a massive corruption scandal.

Fed up with graft, Guatemala chooses next president

Guatemala City - After a campaign upended by a massive corruption scandal that felled the former president, Guatemala elects its replacement Sunday in a run-off between a politically inexperienced comedian and a former first lady.

The candidates vying to be Guatemala's next president

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemala holds a run-off election Sunday between surprise front-runner Jimmy Morales -- a comedian with no political experience -- and former first lady Sandra Torres. - From comic to president?

Guatemala, wracked by 36 years of civil war

Guatemala City - Guatemala, Central America's most populated country, has been wracked by 36 years of civil war, gang violence and poverty.

Guatemala ends search for landslide missing with toll at 280

Guatemala City - Guatemala called off a search Tuesday for dozens of people still missing in a landslide that killed at least 280 people, authorities said.
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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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Sandra Torres  presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
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Mayan women in Guatemala
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Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales 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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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in 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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Map of southern Mexico and Central America
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Violent Evictions at El Estor  Guatemala.
Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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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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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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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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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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A Guatemalan elementary school student
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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 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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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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