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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.

Guatemala to hold election recount over fraud allegations

Guatemala City - Guatemala will hold a vote recount after fraud allegations in the wake of last Sunday's presidential and legislative elections, the country's Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) announced Thursday.

Trump says US to begin removing 'millions' of illegal migrants

Washington - The United States will start removing "millions" of illegal migrants next week, President Donald Trump said Monday, adding that Guatemala is preparing to sign a safe third country deal.

US says CentrAm aid depends on 'actions' to curb migration

Washington - The United States said Monday it would not offer any more aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras unless they take "concrete actions" to deter undocumented migrants from heading for the US.

Mexico detains 791 migrants, including 368 children under eight

Coatzacoalcos - A total of 791 Central American migrants, including 368 children under the age of eight, have been detained in the Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said Sunday.

Former first lady Torres takes lead in Guatemala presidential vote

Guatemala City - Former first lady Sandra Torres was in the lead after partial results early Monday from Guatemala's presidential election, following a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred and the top electoral crimes prosecutor flee the corruptio...

Corruption tainted Guatemala set to elect new president

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemalans are set to elect a new president Sunday after a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for his life.

Guatemalans see polls as chance to emerge from violence, corruption

Guatemala City - Wearied by corruption and violence, Guatemalans head to the polls on Sunday reeling from a campaign that saw two leading presidential candidates barred from running and a top electoral official forced to flee the country.

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say

Washington - A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.

Fifth Guatemalan child dies in US immigration custody

Los Angeles - A 16-year-old boy died Monday at a Border Patrol station in Texas, becoming the fifth child from Guatemala to die since December after being apprehended by US border patrol agents.

Ex anti-corruption prosecutor abandons Guatemala presidency bid

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former anti-corruption public prosecutor Thelma Aldana on Thursday abandoned her bid to run in next month's presidential election after she was barred from standing by the country's top court.

US cuts aid for some Central American countries over migrants

Washington - The United States cut off aid to several Central American countries President Donald Trump accuses of doing nothing to stop the outflow of US-bound migrants, the State Department announced Saturday.

Guatemala in mourning after 18 die in hit-and-run

Solol - A truck ploughed into a crowd of indigenous Guatemalans gathered on a highway, leaving 18 dead as it drove off without stopping and plunging the Central American country into an outpouring of grief on Thursday.

Manhunt after hit-and-run driver kills 18 Guatemalans

Solol - Guatemala launched a manhunt on Thursday after 18 indigenous Guatemalans were killed in a hit-and-run by a truck driver who fled the scene.

Parents of British tourist missing in Guatemala make emotional plea

Guatemala City - The parents of a British tourist who has been missing in Guatemala for the past five days launched an emotional appeal for her return Saturday as authorities continued their investigation.

British tourist missing in Guatemala: officials

Guatemala City - The parents of a British tourist who has been missing in Guatemala for the past five days launched an emotional appeal for her return Saturday as authorities continued their investigation.

FifaGate: Ex-Guatemala boss sentenced to time served, fined $350,000

New York - The former chief of the Guatemalan football federation, who was convicted for extortion and fraud in connection with the FifaGate scandal, was sentenced to time served on Tuesday and fined $350,000.

6.5-magnitude quake shakes Guatemala, Mexico

Guatemala City - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico and Guatemala on Friday, leaving three people injured and causing infrastructure damage, authorities said.

Remains of Guatemalan boy who died in US custody arrive home

Guatemala City - The remains of eight-year-old Felipe Gomez, the second Guatemalan child to die last month in the custody of the US Border Patrol, have arrived back home for burial, officials said on Saturday.

New migrant caravan enters Mexico, legally or not

Ciudad Hidalgo - Hundreds of Central Americans entered Mexico illegally as the latest migrant caravan trying to reach the United States began crossing the Mexican-Guatemalan border en masse Friday.

New caravan crosses Guatemala, first migrants enter Mexico

Guatemala City - A new caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States made its way across Guatemala Thursday, with the first members crossing into southern Mexico.

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalans marched Saturday against President Jimmy Morales's bid to close a UN anti-corruption mission that sought to investigate him on suspicion of campaign finance violations.

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close UN anti-graft mission

Guatemala City - Guatemala's top court on Wednesday overturned a decision by President Jimmy Morales to shut down a United Nations anti-corruption mission to the central American country.

Guatemala shuts down UN anti-corruption probe

Guatemala City - Guatemala brushed aside protests from the United Nations and pressed ahead Tuesday with shutting down a UN anti-corruption mission in the Central American country after it began investigating President Jimmy Morales.

UN clashes with Guatemala over anti-corruption commission

New York - The United Nations was on a collision course with Guatemala on Monday after the Central American country announced it was pulling out of an agreement on an anti-corruption commission that has set its sights on President Jimmy Morales.

Deaths highlight children's plight in migrant surge to US

Guatemala City - The death of two Guatemalan children in the United States within weeks of each other has highlighted why there are so many children among Central American migrants heading north: smugglers tell them families have a better chance of being allowed in by ...

US arrests Jewish sect members for kidnapping children

New York - Four members of an extremist Jewish sect based in Guatemala have been arrested in New York on charges of kidnapping two children, federal prosecutors have said.

US migration the dream of Guatemalans from the village

- Emigrating to the United States to escape poverty back home is the dream of many residents of the Mayan indigenous community in Yalambojoch, western Guatemala.

US to take 'extraordinary' measures in face of migrant surge

El Paso - The United States will take "extraordinary" protective measures to deal with a surge of immigrant children in custody, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday after a second Guatemalan child died in custody.

Second Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody

Washington - An eight-year-old migrant from Guatemala died in government custody on Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection said, the second child fatality in US detention this month.
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