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Top panel urges Guatemalan president face graft trial

Guatemala City - A legislative committee on Saturday recommended that Guatemalan President Otto Perez be stripped of his immunity and face prosecution for a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme he allegedly led.

Guatemala president faces mounting pressure in scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Congress launched an investigative committee Thursday to consider revoking President Otto Perez's immunity, as thousands of protesters called on him to resign over a swirling corruption scandal.

Guatemala prosecutor calls for president's resignation

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez suffered a double setback, after the country's top prosecutor called for his resignation and his ex-vice president was remanded in custody for tax fraud.

Seven inmates' bodies found in trash at Guatemala jail

Guatemala City - The bodies of seven inmates at a maximum-security prison in Guatemala were found stuffed inside garbage bins Wednesday, their remains showing signs of torture, authorities said.

Guatemala ex-VP remanded in custody in corruption case

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan judge ruled Wednesday that former vice president Roxana Baldetti must remain in jail pending trial on charges of defrauding the customs service of millions of dollars.

Guatemala's president may face corruption trial

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a green light for embattled President Otto Perez to be investigated for graft in the corruption scandal rocking his government.

Former Guatemalan dictator to face genocide retrial

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court ruled Tuesday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt must face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war, but ordered it take place behind closed doors because he has dementia.

Guatemalan ex-VP charged with corruption as scandal swirls

Guatemala City - Guatemalan prosecutors formally charged former vice president Roxana Baldetti with corruption Monday, three days after she was arrested for allegedly masterminding a customs bribery ring with President Otto Perez.

Guatemalan president refuses to quit over graft scandal

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said he will not resign and rejected allegations that he was one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country.

Angry push for Guatemala president to resign in graft scandal

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalans waved flags, chanted and demanded that President Otto Perez resign, in a graft scandal that has already seen his vice president step down.Shouting "Otto - Thief," "Get out, Otto" and "Resign - and now!

Guatemalan president was 'Number One' in graft scheme: officials

Guatemala City - Prosecutors accused Guatemalan President Otto Perez on Friday of being one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country, as police arrested his former vice president.

Guatemalan ex-VP arrested for corruption

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former vice president was arrested on corruption charges Friday, after resigning over revelations of a massive customs bribery ring.

Guatemala's ex-despot Rios Montt has dementia: Doctors

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt has dementia, doctors said Tuesday at a hearing to decide if he is fit to face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war.

Nine rights activists killed in Guatemala in 2015

Guatemala City - Nine human rights activists have been killed since the beginning of the year in Guatemala, mainly in indigenous communities opposed to infrastructure and mining projects, civil organizations said Friday.

Two Guatemala opposition members shot dead

Guatemala City - Two opposition politicians were shot dead in separate attacks in Guatemala, the party leader said Wednesday, just weeks before general elections are set to take place.

Guatemala court orders psych exam for ailing ex-despot

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court Tuesday ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt, charged with genocide during the country's brutal civil war, to undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is fit for trial.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump's companies seek to import and hire 1,100 employees

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has based his political platform on keeping jobs in America, but his companies have turned around and sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000. Hypocrisy much?

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.
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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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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupts on September 13, 2012
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2007 eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala
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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
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Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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Map of southern Mexico and Central America
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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
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This is a round structure uncovered at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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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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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
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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A Guatemalan elementary school student
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An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala on September 6, 2013.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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