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Guatemala hails vote to send Belize border dispute to international court

Guatemala City - Guatemala's president on Monday hailed as a victory for democracy a referendum vote in favor of sending a border dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice.

Guatemala votes on international court handling Belize border dispute

Guatemala City - Guatemalans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to send a centuries-old border dispute with neighboring Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final resolution, according to preliminary referendum results.A total of 95.

Guatemala votes on sending Belize border dispute to international court

Guatemala City - Guatemalan voters are being called out Sunday to decide whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a border dispute with neighboring Belize that goes back more than 200 years.

Guatemala to vote on path to settle Belize border dispute

Guatemala City - A long-running border dispute between Guatemala and Belize reaches a decision point on Sunday when Guatemalans vote on whether to send the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a ruling.The referendum will ask the country's 7.

Former Guatemala dictator Rios Montt, accused of genocide, dead at 91

Guatemala City - Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala with an iron fist in the 1980s and was accused of genocide at the peak of its long civil war, died on Sunday at the age of 91.

Army to withdraw from street patrols in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Troops in Guatemala withdrew from patrolling the country's streets Saturday, after 18 years of supporting the police in the fight against crime."This Saturday is the last day that the army will support the police.

Canada-owned mine at centre of Guatemala court protest

Guatemala City - Hundreds of workers laid off at a silver mine owned by Canada's Tahoe Resources marched in the Guatemalan capital Wednesday to demand a top court order the mine reopened.

Guatemala defends moving its embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel defended Tuesday her country's "sovereign" decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem in May: president

Washington - Guatemala will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this May, two days after the United States shifts its mission, the Latin American country's president announced.

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem in May: president

Washington - Guatemala will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this May, two days after the United States shifts its mission, the Latin American country's president has announced.

Guatemala court denies attempt to block Israel embassy move

Guatemala City - Guatemala's Constitutional Court has rejected a local lawyer's attempt to prevent the government from moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as the US plans to do, a court spokesman said Saturday.

Oxfam chairman, Guatemala ex-president put on trial for corruption

Guatemala City - Oxfam's chairman and Guatemala's former president are to face trial on corruption charges over alleged graft in a public bus contract, a judge in this Central American country ruled Thursday.

Surge in Venezuelan asylum seekers worries UNHCR

Guatemala City - A worrying number of Venezuelans are seeking asylum in other countries as they flee economic collapse at home, a top official from the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.

Guatemala uncovers alleged judge bribery ring

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday they have uncovered a bribery ring led by a high-profile lawyer designed to rig elections for supreme court justices.

Guatemala arrests ex-president Colom on graft charges

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday arrested former president Alvaro Colom on corruption charges, along with 10 members of his 2008-2012 government, including the current chairman of scandal-hit Oxfam International, officials said.

Oxfam chairman arrested in Guatemala

Guatemala City - The chairman of under-fire British charity group Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, was arrested Tuesday in his native Guatemala in a swoop related to government graft allegations, officials said.

Guatemala arrests ex-president Colom on graft charges

Guatemala City - Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday arrested a former president, Alvaro Colom, and nine ministers from his 2008-2012 government on corruption charges, a top prosecutor told AFP.

More than three tons of cocaine seized in Latam raids

Bogota - Police seized 3.3 tonnes of cocaine and arrested 21 people in coordinated raids involving five Latin American countries, Colombia said Tuesday.Most of the drug was meant to be shipped to Central America and the United States.

Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday.

Orange alert over erupting Guatemala volcano

Guatemala City - Authorities in Guatemala issued an orange alert Thursday over an erupting volcano located a short distance from its capital.Increased activity in the Volcan de Fuego ("Fire Volcano") overnight Wednesday saw ash tower 1.

Central America's violent Northern Triangle in Trump's crosshairs

Sansalvador - Debate is raging in America over how to adapt the country's immigration laws -- a process that will invariably affect Central America's so-called Northern Triangle.

Ex-Guatemala Supreme Court president shot dead

Guatemala City - The ex-president of the Guatemalan Supreme Court was shot dead Friday during an incident on the outskirts of the capital Guatemala City, according to emergency personnel.

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.
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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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Sandra Torres, presidential candidate in 2015 Guatemala Presidential election.
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Mayan Ceremony to mark the end of the 13th Baktun - December 21, 2012
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Mob beats and burns 16-year-old girl in Guatemala.
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Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
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Archaeologists excavate an early residential structure at Ceibal, from about 500 B.C.
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An earthquake struck 5km (3mi) ESE of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala on September 6, 2013.
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