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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.

Guatemala leader 'no ally' in corruption fight: prosecutor

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales "is not an ally" in combating corruption, his country's chief prosecutor said Monday, deepening a shadow cast across him for suspected illegal campaign financing.

Guatemalan lawmaker arrested in killing of journalists

Guatemala City - Police in Guatemala arrested a ruling party lawmaker Saturday for involvement in plotting a 2015 killing of journalists.Julio Juarez, of the FCN-Nacion party, was arrested near his home in San Bernardino, Suchitepequez, south of the capital.

Guatemala legal challenge to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan lawyer is challenging his country's controversial decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, arguing it violates international law.

No US pressure behind Guatemala embassy move to Jerusalem: FM

Guatemala City - The United States did not pressure Guatemala into announcing it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Central American state's foreign minister said Wednesday."There wasn't any pressure.

Guatemala: Jerusalem embassy move a 'sovereign' decision

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Tuesday said its decision to follow the US in moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was a "sovereign" matter that should not affect ties with other countries.

Palestinians call Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy move 'shameful'

Ramallah - The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel.

Following Trump, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - Guatemala said Monday it is starting the process of moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after President Jimmy Morales announced he would follow US President Donald Trump's controversial lead on the holy city.

Israel PM says Guatemala embassy move 'just the start'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hailed Guatemala's decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, saying other nations would also follow Washington's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales said Sunday, following US President Donald Trump's controversial lead on the holy city.

'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem

Omoa - Floating masses of garbage off some of the Caribbean's pristine beaches offer grim evidence of a vast and growing problem of plastic waste heedlessly dumped in the ocean, local residents, activists and experts say.

Hundreds block Guatemala roads to demand president step down

Guatemala City - Hundreds of protesters blocked roads in Guatemala on Tuesday to demand that President Jimmy Morales step down because of accusations of corruption stemming from his 2015 election campaign.

Ex-Guatemalan president to stand trial for corruption

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez was ordered Friday to stand trial on corruption charges.

Thanks, mom, says Guatemala indigenous leader up for rights prize

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan indigenous leader and environmental activist who is among the finalists to receive a prestigious European human rights award says she owes her fighting spirit to her mom.

Former Guatemala ambassador to US arrested in election finance probe

Guatemala City - A fugitive former Guatemalan ambassador to the United States, Julio Ligorria, was arrested in Spain on Tuesday in connection with a probe into illegal campaign financing, officials said.

Anti-president protests during Guatemala independence day

Guatemala City - Street protests demanding President Jimmy Morales step down erupted across Guatemala on Friday, as the country celebrated its 1821 independence from Spain.

Central America cracks down on gangs in coordinated swoops

Sansalvador - Central America's "northern triangle" -- consisting of its most crime-ridden nations -- waged a coordinated crackdown this week on two major gangs infamous for extortion, murder and violence: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18.

Guatemala congress keeps president's immunity despite corruption probe

Guatemala City - Guatemala's congress on Monday voted overwhelmingly to reject a UN-backed request to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales in order for him to face a corruption probe over irregular party financing.

Guatemala police nab 170 in swoop on extortion rings

Guatemala City - Guatemalan police and prosecutors on Monday arrested at least 170 people suspected of belonging to gang-linked groups that extorted money from shopkeepers and bus companies under threats of violence and murder, officials said.

Guatemala president's immunity should be lifted, lawmakers say

Guatemala City - A congressional committee in Guatemala has recommended President Jimmy Morales' immunity be lifted to face a UN-backed probe into suspected illegal campaign financing in the 2015 election that brought him to power.

Guatemala congress to weigh lifting president's immunity

Guatemala City - Guatemala's congress is to decide whether to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales to face corruption allegations after the supreme court on Monday referred the issue to lawmakers.

Party of Guatemala's president suspended for unpaid fine

Guatemala City - The party of Guatemala's embattled President Jimmy Morales was ordered to suspend administrative functions on Friday after missing a deadline to pay a $60,000 fine for delayed filing of election financing in 2015.

UN official to stick to antigraft job after Guatemala expulsion blocked

Guatemala City - A UN official leading anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala said Thursday he would press on with his task after an expulsion order against him by President Jimmy Morales was scrapped by the country's top court.

Guatemala court overrules leader's order expelling UN anti-graft official

Guatemala City - Guatemala's top court on Tuesday scrapped a widely criticized order by President Jimmy Morales expelling a UN anti-corruption official who is investigating graft allegations against him.

Guatemala president faces protests in corruption row

Guatemala City - Protesters yelled Monday for Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales to quit in a political crisis, after courts blocked his bid to expel a UN official investigating corruption allegations against him.

Guatemala faces crisis after president turns on UN man

Guatemala City - Guatemala faced a fresh political crisis Sunday as President Jimmy Morales tried to expel a UN official investigating him for suspected corruption, but was overruled by the courts.

Guatemala orders expulsion of UN graft investigator

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Sunday ordered the expulsion of a top UN anti-corruption official who had moved to strip him of his immunity over party finance allegations, raising fears of a fresh political crisis in the country.

Guatemala hospital shooting kills 2 children, 5 adults

Guatemala City - Seven people including two children were killed and 12 injured in a gang shooting in a hospital in Guatemala on Wednesday, officials said.

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.

Mexican ex-governor Duarte extradited on graft charges

Mexico - Mexican ex-governor Javier Duarte was extradited from Guatemala on Monday to face corruption and racketeering charges back home, one of a string of scandals involving ex-governors that are threatening President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.
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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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An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala on September 6, 2013.
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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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Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
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Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupts on September 13, 2012
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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
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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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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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Mayan women 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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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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Crossing Mexico's Southern border on the Suchiate River on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
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Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
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