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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.

Obama to meet Central American leaders on child migrants

Washington - President Barack Obama will meet three Central American leaders Friday to discuss the surge of children crossing the southern US border without parents or papers, in flight from violence and poverty.

Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter U.S.

Guatemala City - The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala Friday, amid a raging U.S. debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.

Newborn baby among dead as quake hits Mexico, Guatemala

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Mexico and Guatemala on Monday killing at least three people -- including a newborn baby at a hospital -- and injuring dozens.The quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.

At least two dead as quake hits Mexico, Guatemala

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 40 others.The US Geological Survey said the quake -- initially measured at a magnitude of 7.

Guatemalan ex-guerrilla convicted of indigenous massacre

- A Guatemalan court handed down the country's first conviction of a leftist guerrilla leader for the killings of indigenous farmers during the 1960-1996 civil war.

Biden to discuss child migrants on Guatemala visit

Guatemala City - US Vice President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the growing numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico illegally trying to cross the US border.

Op-Ed: 5 things the CIA did before joining social media

The CIA has finally joined Twitter and Facebook. While they dig themselves out of a rock and join 2014, it is time to look back at five actions committed by the CIA that is bound to increase their likes.

Guatemala ex-leader gets six years in New York

New York - Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was sentenced in New York to five years and 10 months in prison Thursday for a $2.5 million bribery scandal.

Pentagon chief headed to Mexico, Guatemala

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will depart Wednesday for Mexico City to hold talks with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico aimed at bolstering Washington's security ties to its neighbors.

Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.

6.6-magnitude earthquake hits Mexico-Guatemala border

Guatemala City - The US Geological Survey reports that the border between Mexico and Guatemala was shaken up on Friday night by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake.

Go directly to jail: Guatemala passes tough new gun law

Guatemala City - Even as homicide rates fall, Guatemala has enacted strict measures which will send anyone caught carrying a firearm straight to jail until trial.

Review: Ancestry and Artistry — Maya textiles at the Textile Museum Special

Toronto - Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala celebrates the inventive skills of Maya women's craft. This exhibit displays huipiles and other types of clothing from over a period of nearly 50 years, and the evolution of style both local and global.

Former US-backed Guatemalan dictator guilty of genocide

Guatemala City - A former US-backed military dictator of Guatemala has been found guilty of the genocide of more than 1,700 of his countrymen during his de facto rule 30 years ago.

Domino's Pizza introduces donut shaped pizzas

If pizza isn't good enough for you, hopefully Domino's Pizza's solution will accommodate your needs by putting together all the classic fast food restaurant menu items.

Review: Ulterior motives abound in ‘I Will be Murdered’ Special

‘I Will be Murdered’ is about a murder investigation that was elevated to a national sensation when the Guatemalan lawyer’s posthumously released video prophesized his death and accused his killer.

6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala

Guatemala City - The earthquake hit Guatemala yesterday afternoon just 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and close to the nation's capital. The quake registered 124.3 miles (200 kilometers) deep.
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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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Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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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
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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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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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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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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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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in 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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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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Map of southern Mexico and Central America
Map of southern Mexico and Central America
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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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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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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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