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New caravan crosses Guatemala, first migrants enter Mexico

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and crime in Central America's 'Northern Triangle' – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NEW CARAVAN. Honduran migrants heading to the United States with a second caravan travel aboard a truck in Rio Bravo, Suchitepequez 130 km south of Guatemala City, on January 17, 2019. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

American troops on the border with Mexico can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, says Defense Minister Jim Mattis

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Here is a look at the key facts and figures behind the crisis

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

The melodious mouse that sings for sex

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Why do some males of a species invest more in courting than others? It turns out that animals prioritize sex or survival depending on their energy reserves, according to a study.

SINGING MOUSE. This screenshot shows a male Alston's singing mouse (S. teguina) as it countersings in response to a rival male's song. Screenshot from Youtube.com/country mouse studios

Trump outraged over Mexico migrant 'caravan'

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:15 PM

President Donald Trump threatens to abrogate NAFTA while demanding Congress to pass tougher immigration legislation and support his plan for a wall along the Mexican frontier

IMMIGRATION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on November 8, 2017. File photo by Laurent Fievet and Lee Jin-man/AFP

Tillerson to rally Americas, amid Venezuela crisis

Jan 30, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Washington's top envoy will lay out his vision for relations with the United States' southern neighbors in a speech in Texas before jetting on a 5-nation voyage

TO LATIN AMERICA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Deadly Hurricane Nate approaches U.S. Gulf Coast

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:43 AM

(5th UPDATE) President Donald Trump says federal officials are prepared for the storm. He also urges residents of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to 'listen to your local authorities and be safe.'

NATE. Hotel staffers collect beach loungers and sunshades before the arrival of tropical storm Nate, in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on October 6, 2017. Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

Deadly tropical storm Nate kills 22 in Central America, heads for U.S.

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Forecasters predict it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States

TROPICAL STORM. Locals holding umbrellas wait at a bus stop during a downpour caused by tropical storm Nate in Cartago, 25 kilometers East of San Jose on October 5, 2017.Photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Otto weakens to tropical storm after hurricane, quake hit Central America

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Nicaragua was caught in the middle of both events as the hurricane plowed into its Caribbean coast while the 7 0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off its other coast

EVACUATION. People carrying belongings and a pet leave their house at "El Canal" neighborhood before Hurricane Otto hits Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 24, 2016. A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger dangerous floods and mudslides. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Tropical Storm Earl hits Mexico, maintains intensity

Aug 05, 2016 - 5:34 PM

After sweeping into the southern Mexican state of Tabasco around 7 pm 0000 GMT Friday Earl is expected to maintain strength

TROPICAL STORM EARL. A handout picture made available by the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) shows members of the national army emergency and rescue team (UHR) working at a fallen bridge damaged after strong rains hit the region, following the passage of Tropical Storm Earl, in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, August 4, 2016. Photo by CONRED/EPA

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Apr 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Pope asks Central American nations to help resolve Cuban 'humanitarian drama'

Dec 27, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Pope Francis asks those involved to redouble all efforts to fix the problem affecting thousands of Cuban migrants

US readies New Year push to expel migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:31 AM

US President Barack Obama s administration is planning an operation to round up and expel migrant families fleeing drought and violence in Central America

WAITING. Migrants from Central America wait for the train that will take them to the US border in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on December 7, 2013. Photo by Hector Guerrero / AFP

House passes border crisis bill; Obama vows to act alone

Aug 02, 2014 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED The measure passed by a vote of 223 to 189 in the Republican dominated chamber would provide 694 million to deal with the influx of minors into the United States from Mexico

BORDER CONTROL. The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. Jose Munoz/EPA

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:09 AM

US President Barack Obama stresses that Americans feel great compassion for the child migrants who have often endured tremendous suffering before and during their journey

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Governor Rick Perry has taken a hard line against immigrant children seeking to enter the United States from Central America

Governor of Texas Rick Perry in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 07 March 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

Don't send kids over border, Obama appeals

Jul 10, 2014 - 7:58 AM

Obama also calls on Congress to stop playing politics and to work with him to pass his request for 3 7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the building immigration crisis

IMMIGRATION TALKS. US President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Governor Rick Perry as he arrives in Dallas, Texas, on July 9, 2014 for a meeting with local elected officials and faith leaders to discuss the urgent humanitarian situation at the Southwest border. Jewel Samad/AFP

'Border is wide open': Small US town with big grievance

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Overwhelmed by the massive waves of mostly lone child immigrants crossing from Mexico into Texas and Arizona the US government has been forced to transfer some of them to detention centers elsewhere including in California

FACE-OFF. Anti-immigration activist Sabina Durden (R) and immigration sympathizer Mary Estrada (L) debate during a protest outside of the U.S. Border Patrol Murrieta Station on July 7, 2014 in Murrieta, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

Obama to seek funds to stem border influx

Jun 30, 2014 - 12:52 AM

The funds will be for intensifying border security and fighting criminal networks responsible for smuggling children from Central America into the US

BORDER CONTROL. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the concertina topped secondary fence along the border near the Mexican slum of Colonia Libertad along the US border near Otay Mesa, California, USA. Photo by Mike Nelson/ EPA

US warns undocumented child migrants will be deported

Jun 24, 2014 - 10:21 AM

The United States is seeing a huge surge in young migrants fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America mostly Guatemala Honduras and El Salvador

BORDER CONTROL. The US Border Patrol sign is seen on a fence at the border area in Nogales city in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA, 10 June 2014. Jose Munoz/EPA

Honduras approves shoot-downs of suspected drug planes

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:55 PM

The law authorizes planes to be shot down if they fail to file flight plans or abide by civil aviation rules Central America is major transit point for drugs

Rappler Hangout: A Filipino in every continent

Aug 04, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Rappler hangs out with one Filipino from every continent to share stories about the Filipino life abroad

Ex-Guatemalan ruler guilty of genocide: court

May 11, 2013 - 7:00 AM

UPDATE Ex Guatemalan ruler Efrain Rios Montt sentenced to 80 years in prison for genocide: court

GUILTY. Former Guatemalan de facto President (1982-1983) and retired General Jose Efrain Rios Montt sits during a court hearing in Guatemala City on January 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Johan ORDONEZ

Former Guatemala dictator faces historic genocide trial

Mar 18, 2013 - 8:39 AM

The trial marks the first time genocide proceedings have been brought in relation to the 36 year civil war in Guatemala that ended in 1996 leaving an estimated 200 000 people dead

FACING TRIAL. Former Guatemalan de facto President (1982-1983) and retired General Jose Efrain Rios Montt sits during a court hearing in Guatemala City on January 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Johan ORDONEZ

Stray bullet kills 10-year-old Mexican boy in packed theater

Nov 14, 2012 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED Authorities said Tuesday November 13 that a 10 year old boy who was mysteriously shot dead in a packed Mexico City movie theater was killed by a stray bullet that came from outside

Anti-virus legend McAfee wanted for murder in Belize

Nov 13, 2012 - 11:13 AM

John McAfee founder of the eponymous anti virus company is on the run for killing another US citizen in a resort town Belizean police said Monday

Latin American leaders urge review of US pro-marijuana votes

Nov 13, 2012 - 9:55 AM

The presidents of Mexico Honduras Costa Rica and Belize called on the United Nations to hold a special session by 2015 to examine the successes and limits of current strategies against drug trafficking

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA

Guatemala quake kills 39, injures 155

Nov 08, 2012 - 7:55 AM

The earthquake rattled nerves in neighboring Mexico and El Salvador sparking a tsunami alert on the Salvadoran coast and evacuations from offices homes and schools as far north as Mexico City

Maya demand an end to doomsday myth

Oct 25, 2012 - 8:29 AM

We are speaking out against deceit lies and twisting of the truth and turning us into folklore for profit charged Felipe Gomez leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop

Photo courtesy of David Stuart / La Corona Archaeological Project

Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes Costa Rica: USGS

Oct 24, 2012 - 9:06 AM

A strong 6 6 magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica on Tuesday October 23 Wednesday October 24 in Manila but there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami

Tsunami warning for Central America lifted

Aug 27, 2012 - 3:20 PM

A tsunami alert has been cancelled after a major 7 4 magnitude earthquake struck off El Salvador

Screen grab from USG website

El Salvador quake triggers tsunami

Aug 27, 2012 - 2:28 PM

A major 7 4 magnitude earthquake off El Salvador has triggered a tsunami alert in Central America

Screen grab from USG website

Major earthquake off El Salvador

Aug 27, 2012 - 1:18 PM

A major 7 4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador in Central America No casualties reported yet

Screen grab from USG website

'Ernesto' upgraded to hurricane

Aug 08, 2012 - 7:41 AM

Ernesto became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season on Tuesday August 7 Wednesday August 8 in Manila as it moved toward the Yucatan Peninsula

Image courtesy of NOAA.

'Ernesto' races towards Mexico, Central America

Aug 05, 2012 - 8:08 AM

Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Caribbean headed towards the Yucatan peninsula likely to reach hurricane strength and drench southeastern Mexico and Central America

Image courtesy of NOAA.