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Guatemala mayoral candidate, guards shot dead

Guatemala City - A mayoral candidate and his three body guards were gunned down in San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala, his party said Wednesday, the second member of the group killed in less than a week.

Ex-Guatemalan despot incompetent to stand trial: Doctors

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, charged with genocide during a brief but particularly brutal period of the country's civil war, is incompetent to stand trial, doctors said Tuesday.

Thousands march against corruption-plagued Guatemala president

Guatemala City - Some 5,000 protesters marched night in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week.

Eruptions subside at Guatemala's Fuego volcano

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano has subsided after eruptions that showered the area around it with ash, officials said Thursday.

Guatemala issues danger warning as volcano activity intensifies

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities issued a danger warning Wednesday in response to intensifying activity in the country's Fuego Volcano.

Guatemala volcano grows more active, spews ash

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano shook from explosions Sunday and spewed ashes over nearby communities as it entered a more intense phase of activity, authorities said.

Guatemalan president vows to stay despite graft probe

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said Thursday he has no plans to resign despite being investigated for corruption and facing the possible lifting of his presidential immunity.

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president: Court

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.

Lawyer of ex-dictator Rios Montt is slain in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an attorney for Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who has been charged with genocide during the Central American nation's civil war, authorities said.

Angry mob in Guatemala beat and then burn 16-year-old girl alive

An angry mob of over 100 people, including young children, stood back and watched as some members of the group beat a 16-year-old-girl bloody, knocked her to the ground and then set her on fire. VIDEO HAS BEEN EDITED

Guatemalan president sacks 3 ministers amid graft scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemala's embattled President Otto Perez fired three ministers and his spy chief Thursday, seeking to get a grip on a deepening corruption scandal that already claimed his vice president.

Guatemalan central bank, social security chiefs arrested

Guatemala City - The heads of the Guatemalan central bank and social security administration were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges, prosecutors said, the latest blow to embattled President Otto Perez.

Guatemalans push for resignation of president

Guatemala City - Thousands took to the streets in Guatemala City, demanding that President Otto Perez step down due to a corruption scandal that has shaken his government to its core.

Swiss court upholds life sentence for Guatemalan ex-police chief

Ginebra - A Swiss appeals court Tuesday confirmed a life sentence slapped on Guatemala's former police chief Erwin Sperisen for 10 murders committed in the Central American country.

Guatemalan schools request publications from Jehovah's Witnesses

Guatemala City - As crime rises exponentially in Guatemala, three schools have requested publications from Jehovah's Witnesses in an effort to curb youth crime in the country.

Guatemalan vice president resigns amid corruption scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez announced his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, was resigning after one of her top aides was accused of participating in a customs bribery ring.

Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign

Guatemala City - Thousands marched in Guatemala to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government.

Johns Hopkins University in trouble over experiments

Johns Hopkins University is among defendants listed on a lawsuit filed by the surviving participants of controversial experiments conducted in Guatemala during the 1940s.

Guatemalan Olympic icon accuses DJ of racist taunt

Guatemala City - Historymaking Olympic athlete Erick Barrondo, an indigenous Guatemalan, spoke out against racism Wednesday after a radio DJ posted a picture of him on Twitter alongside comments that he deemed offensive.

Site reveals how mobile and sedentary groups of Mayans coexisted

The ancient Mayan archaeological site at El Ceibal in Guatemala has given archaeologists new evidence that strikes down the assumption that mobile and sedentary groups maintained separate communities.

Guatemala's ex-president Portillo home from U.S. jail

Guatemala City - Guatemala's ex-president Alfonso Portillo returned home after serving time in a U.S. prison for money laundering in a graft scandal involving Taiwan.

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Fuego volcano calmed down Sunday after an eruption blanketed nearby towns in ash, the nation's volcano monitor reported.Guatemala City's La Aurora airport remained closed due to ash that had fallen on the runway.

Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala sentenced a former police chief to 90 years for an assault on the Spanish embassy in 1980 when a group of protesting Indians, peasants and university students were holed up inside.

Guatemala ex-dictator forced to appear at genocide trial

Guatemala City - Guatemala's ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt was hauled to court on a stretcher Monday to attend his retrial on genocide charges before proceedings were halted by a motion to change judges.

Ailing Guatemalan ex-dictator requests retrial absence

Guatemala City - Lawyers for Guatemalan ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt said Friday he is too sick to attend court next week, when he faces a retrial for genocide over the killings of indigenous people in the 1980s.

Guatemala prison chief arrested in corruption probe

Guatemala City - The head of Guatemala's prison system was arrested on bribery and money-laundering charges linked to a notorious jail-based criminal syndicate, prosecutors said.

Guatemala Mayans: from victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

Guatemala City - Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say.

Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemalan village

Guatemala City - A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries Thursday began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

Guatemalans bury victims of 1982 civil war massacre

- Weeping and singing Christian hymns, Guatemala's indigenous Ixil Mayans buried Wednesday the remains of 31 civilians killed by the army during the country's bloody civil war three decades ago.

Central American kids risk everything on road to US

Washington - Marco saw his hopes and dreams crumble before his eyes, barely scraping a living in his western Guatemalan town as it fell victim to drugs and gangs.
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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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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
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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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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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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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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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 Guatemalan elementary school student
A Guatemalan elementary school student
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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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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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Map of southern Mexico and Central America
Map of southern Mexico and Central America
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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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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
2007 eruption of Fuego volcano 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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Suchiate River on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
Crossing Mexico's Southern border on the Suchiate River on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
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Violent Evictions at El Estor  Guatemala.
Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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