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Guatemala to deploys bio-fences to slow down plastic pollution

Globally, equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic enters the sea every minute. To play its part Guatemala has pledged to increase waste collection in its rivers by deploying artisanal bio-fences to trap plastic waste.

Hundreds of Honduran migrants cross river into Mexico

- Hundreds of Hondurans crossed a river into Mexico in a fresh wave of migrants heading to the United States on Monday as the United States said it would deploy 5,000 troops on its border with Mexico.

1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon

Guatemala City - More than a thousand Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan police cordon on the border with Mexico Sunday as they attempted to join a larger caravan of compatriots heading towards the United States, police and rights groups said.

More than 7,000 people headed for US in migrant caravan: UN

New York - More than 7,000 people have joined the migrant caravan headed toward the US border with Mexico, a UN spokesman said Monday, citing estimates of the International Organization for Migration.

Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan

Washington - President Donald Trump said Monday the United States will begin cutting aid to three Central American nations because of their governments' failure to stop a migrant caravan headed for the US border.

Trump to cut Central America aid as migrant caravan rolls on

Tapachula - President Donald Trump said Monday the United States will start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolled on regardless toward the US border.

Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes from Mexico to US: AFP reporter

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country Saturday but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan

Ciudad Hidalgo - Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory, the country's ambassador to Guatemala said.

Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.

Migrant caravan halted after storming Guatemala-Mexico border

Ciudad Hidalgo - Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United ...

Honduran migrants defy Trump to continue long march north

Guatemala City - Thousands of Honduran migrants marched north Wednesday in a bold attempt to reach the United States, defying threats from US President Donald Trump to stop aid to countries that let them pass.

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials

Guatemala City - The eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano ended Saturday, an official source said, with locals escaping a repeat of June's eruption that killed 190.

Former Guatemalan vice president jailed for corruption

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala City on Tuesday sentenced former vice president Roxana Baldetti to 15 years in prison for corruption after a trial lasting four months.

Morales says corruption watchdog threatens Guatemala peace

New York - Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales denounced a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission as a threat to peace Tuesday in his most virulent attack to date on the controversial watchdog.

Guatemala anti-corruption duo wins Swedish rights prize

Stockholm - Two activists fighting corruption in Guatemala won the 2018 Rights Livelihood Prize on Monday, the jury for the Swedish human rights prize announced.

Maya women's rights activist murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala City - An ethnic Maya woman who advocated for the rights of indigenous people was gunned down by unknown assailants in western Guatemala, her support network and local media said Saturday.

Ancient altar reveals Mayan 'Game of Thrones' dynasty

Guatemala City - A 1,500 year old Mayan altar discovered in a small archeological site in northern Guatemala is drawing comparisons to popular fantasy drama television series "Game of Thrones" for its descriptions of the Kaanul dynasty's political strategies aimed at b...

Thousands march in Guatemala to back anti-graft office, denounce president

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalan farmers marched peacefully in the capital Wednesday demanding that President Jimmy Morales quit and that a UN-backed anti-corruption office get a new lease on life.

Guatemala bans UN anti-corruption mission head from entering

Guatemala City - Guatemala President Jimmy Morales ordered the head of a United Nations anti-corruption commission be blocked from entering the Central American country just four days after shutting down the mission.

Women's groups drop Guatemala abortion clause over church dissent

Guatemala City - Women's rights activists were forced into a hasty retreat Tuesday in the face of fierce church-led opposition to proposed legislation to loosen strict abortion laws.

EU raps Guatemala for 'step backward' on corruption

Apo - The European Union on Sunday accused the Guatemalan government of President Jimmy Morales of taking a "step backward" by shutting down a UN mission investigating corruption in the central American country.

Guatemala's Jimmy Morales shuts down UN anti-corruption mission

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Friday announced he was shutting down a UN mission investigating corruption in his country, accusing it of interfering in its internal affairs.

Ex-Guatemala president, arrested over graft, leaves detention

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption allegations, left preventative detention Friday night after his bond was paid, the state penitentiary system said.

Official Guatemala volcano death toll rises to 121

Guatemala City - The death toll from the violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano on June 3 has risen to 121, after the identification of five cadavers recovered from the devastated zone, a forensics institute said Wednesday.

US deporting 80% more Guatemalans than in 2017

Guatemala City - Deportations of Guatemalans have increased 80 percent this year on the back of US President Donald Trump's controversial "zero tolerance" policy towards unauthorized migrants, Guatemala said on Thursday.

Guatemala mother reunited with kids after six weeks separation in US

New York - Yeni Gonzalez sobbed as she clutched the lollipop given to her Tuesday by one of her three children, whom she had not seen since being arrested and separated from them by US border police six weeks ago.

Pence to Central Americans: Stay put

Guatemala City - US Vice President Mike Pence urged Central American leaders Thursday to halt what he called an exodus of people that has triggered a humanitarian crisis at the US border with Mexico.

Guatemalan disaster chief accused in volcano deaths lawsuit

Guatemala City - Guatemalan lawmakers filed a manslaughter suit Wednesday against the head of the country's civil protection agency over its failure to warn people about the eruption of the Fuego volcano, which left at least 112 dead.

Guatemala asks US to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Guatemala City - Guatemala Monday asked the US government to give its migrants Temporary Protected Status after the devastating Fuego volcano eruption.
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This is a round structure uncovered at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), 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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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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Mayan women in Guatemala
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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.
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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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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
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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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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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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
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4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
4th Annual Clown Congress held in Guatemala City.
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Sandra Torres  presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego)  Guatemala
Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego), Guatemala
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