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Deadly Tropical Storm Amanda hits El Salvador, Guatemala

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:48 PM

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele declares a 15-day state of emergency to cope with the effects of the storm, estimated to have caused $200 million in damage

RECOVERY OPERATIONS. Members of the volunteer stretcher corps and rescue firefighters work under the rubble of a house collapsed in the removal of the body of a woman who survived the mud and debris avalanche but died during the rescue process during heavy rains by Tropical Storm Amanda in San Salvador on May 31, 2020. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pope Francis appoints Cebuano archbishop as envoy to Guatemala

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Guatemala, is a 66-year-old native of Cebu City

CEBU NATIVE. Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, 66, from Cebu City, is the Vatican's new ambassador to Guatemala. Photo from the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

Mexican troops block U.S.-bound caravan travelers

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

National Guard General Vincente Hernandez tells migrants they would be allowed to cross the border into Mexico from Guatemala in a 'controlled' manner

AT THE BORDER. Honduran migrants wait to cross the international border bridge from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

U.S. looks to work with new Guatemala president on migration

Aug 13, 2019 - 1:39 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US 'looks forward to continuing our close partnership on a number of areas of mutual national interest,' including migration issues

WINNER. Alejandro Giammattei is greeted by a woman next to his running mate Guillermo Castillo (R) after the results were announced of the run-off presidential election at the computing center of counting votes in Guatemala City on August 11, 2019. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Conservative Giammattei elected Guatemala president

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Alejandro Giammattei will succeed corruption-tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales, who leaves office in January

GIAMMATTEI. Guatemalan candidate for the Vamos (Let's Go) party Alejandro Giammattei waves to supporters on August 11, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) The White House says Guatemala is now a 'safe third country,' meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to seek asylum there instead

NEW SCHEME. The White House announces a new deal on migration. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

A damning photo holds a Swiss-Russian mine accountable in Guatemala

Jun 20, 2019 - 12:00 AM

No one has yet been held accountable for the murder of fisherman Carlos Maaz. Instead there has been a criminalization of both fishermen and journalists in El Estor.

EL ESTOR. This photo shows El Estor in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories.

Corruption-weary Guatemalans vote for president after tumultuous campaign

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:47 AM

Eight million Guatemalans are eligible to vote for president as well as in congressional and municipal elections, while 40,00 police are mobilized to provide security

GUATEMALA ELECTIONS. View of a polling station in Guatemala City on June 16, 2019 during general elections. Photo by orlando Estrada/AFP

Corruption-tainted Guatemala set to elect new president

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Guatemala's electorate of 8 million is also voting in congressional and municipal elections

ELECTIONS. An indigenous woman walks past a polling station in Guatemala City on June 15, 2019 on the eve of the presidential elections. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Guatemala presidential candidate hit with U.S. drug charges

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has been investigating the alleged conspiracy since December 2018

18 Guatemalans killed by hit-and-run truck driver

Mar 28, 2019 - 1:52 PM

(4th UPDATE) A group of people converging at the scene of another hit-and-run in which a local community leader was killed are in turn hit by a truck with its lights off on a road without street lighting

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Guatemala, Mexico

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:35 AM

This earthquake follows the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico that killed 465 people

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

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Marchers wave banners saying 'We reject the government of the corrupt' amid rising international concern

IN PROTEST. People take part in a demonstration in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on January 12, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close U.N. anti-graft mission

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The constitutional court orders government authorities to tell staff and civil servants to cooperate with the UN mission

UN MISSION. In this file photo, members of social organizations demonstrate against President Jimmy Morales' decisions regarding the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) outside the Congress in Guatemala City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala shuts down U.N. anti-corruption probe

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:18 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he 'strongly' rejected the decision, insisting the government abide by an international agreement in place since 2007

ANTI-CORRUPTION. In this file photo, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel attends a panel during the UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakesh on December 10, 2018. File photo by Fadel Senna/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

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala volcano erupts, then stops

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Many of those evacuated say they fear a repeat of the deadly June eruption

1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Guatemala's human rights ombudsman, Jordan Rodas, calls on his country's authorities in a statement to 'protect' the rights of Hondurans during their stay in the country

MIGRATION TROUBLES. Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US, tear down the border fence between Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 28, 2018. Photo by Santiago Billy/AFP

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

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. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to cut Central America aid as migrant caravan rolls on

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:00 AM

(UPDATED) The United Nations say more than 7,000 people are now heading toward the United States

A Honduran migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the US, leans against the border fence as he waits to cross the border from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 22, 2018. President Donald Trump on Monday called the migrant caravan heading toward the US-Mexico border a national emergency, saying he has alerted the US border patrol and military. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

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

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Migrants are generally fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence

STRANDED. Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/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

Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another 197 remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

At least 99 dead as Guatemala volcano threatens new eruptions

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Only 28 of the 99 people killed as a result of the eruption have been identified so far

RESCUE. Volunteer firefighters search for victims of Sunday's Fuego Volcano eruption in Alotenango, a municipality in Sacatepequez Department, southwest of Guatemala City on June 6, 2018. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption is progressing slowly

NEW ACTIVITY. People gather at the Municipal stadium in Escuintla, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 5, 2018 after the Fuego Volcano showed new activity. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Toll rises in Guatemala volcano as more bodies recovered

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) The speed and ferocity of the eruption take mountain communities by surprise, with many of the dead found in or around their homes

DEATH TOLL RISES. Residents carry the coffins of seven people who died following the eruption of the Fuego volcano, along the streets of Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala volcano eruption kills 25

Jun 04, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(UPDATED) David de Leon of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction says search and rescue operations for the missing and dead have been suspended due to low light and dangerous conditions, and will resume early on Monday morning

FUEGO VOLCANO ERUPTS. People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018. Photo by Noe Perez/AFP

Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

May 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Israeli and Guatemalan officials attend an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

ANOTHER EMBASSY. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (C) and his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin (L) speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP

No U.S. pressure in Guatemala embassy move to Jerusalem – minister

Dec 28, 2017 - 7:16 AM

'This was a decision by the government, the state and the foreign policy of Guatemala," says Guatemala foreign minister Sandra Jovel

CAPITAL QUARREL. Guatemala is set to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.

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Philippines denies plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano makes the clarification in response to a news report that the Philippines is among the countries contemplating the move

INCOMING DFA CHIEF. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from media in Beijing, China. Malacañang photo

Israel in touch with '10 countries' over embassy moves

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:51 AM

(UPDATED) No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv

DISPUTED CITY. A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

'Shameful': Palestine slams Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy move

Dec 26, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Israelis see the whole of Jerusalem as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state

'ILLEGAL ACT'. Palestinians say Guatemala cannot follow the US's move of moving their embassy to Jerusalem. AFP file photo

Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) Guatemala president Jimmy Morales is the first leader to back US President Donald Trump's controversial change of stance on the holy city

CAPITAL QUARREL. Guatemala is set to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel

Toll in Mexico earthquake rises to at least 32

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:12 PM

7th UPDATE It is the strongest to hit quake prone Mexico at least since 1985 when an 8 1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 10 000 people

SHAKEN. View of a street at the eastern area of Mexico City after a 8,2 earthquake on September 8, 2017. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Guatemala faces crisis after president turns on UN man

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:49 AM

President Jimmy Morales tries to expel a UN official investigating him for suspected corruption but is overruled by the courts

Guatemalans march demanding the resignation of President Jimmy Morales and in support of the head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Ivan Velasquez, who is investigating corruption in the country, in front of the Culture Palace in Guatemala City, on August 26, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

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

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guatemala, second in 8 days

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The earthquake s epicenter is in the Pacific Ocean about 23 kilometers 14 miles southwest of Puerto San Jose with a depth of 46 8 kilometers according to the US Geological Survey

Office workers evacuate the buildings in Guatemala City, after a strong quake on June 22, 2017.Photo by Johan Ordonez /AFP

1 dead after strong earthquake hits Guatemala

Jun 14, 2017 - 5:27 PM

UPDATED The tremor is felt across most of the country including the capital as well as in neighboring Mexico according to Guatemala s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction

Guatemala begins burying 36 girls killed in shelter fire

Mar 11, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Another 10 patients are in critical condition with burns to all of their body and severe damage to their lungs and throat Few are expected to live according to the director of a hospital in Guatemala

AFTER THE FIRE. Marta Lidia Garcia (C) cries over the coffin of her 17-year-old daughter Siona Hernandez, who died in a fire at a state-run shelter, during her funeral at the general cemetery in Guatemala City on March 10, 2017. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala mourns 35 girls killed in shelter fire

Mar 10, 2017 - 3:20 PM

An investigation is underway to determine the exact circumstances and attribute criminal responsibility

People take part in a protest at the Square of the Constitution in Guatemala City on March 9, 2017, following the death of 34 girls in a recent fire at a government-run children's shelter in San Jose Pinula, east of the capital.  Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala in mourning after blaze kills 29 girls in shelter

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:00 AM

3rd UPDATE The blaze is believed to have started during disturbances in the packed center which holds nearly double the 400 people it was designed to house

Police stand guard as forensic personnel work at the children's shelter Virgen de la Asuncion after a fire at the facility killed at least 19 people, in San Jose Pinula, about 30km east of Guatemala City, on March 8, 2017. Johan Ordonez/AFP

Flooding, mudslide warning as hurricane aims for Belize

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:32 PM

A hurricane gathering force as it swept in from the Caribbean was threatening flooding and mud slides in Belize

This infrared image of Tropical Storm Earl just north of the Honduras coast was taken from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Aug. 3 at 7:45 a.m. EDT. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Nearly 50,000 sexual exploitation victims in Guatemala – report

May 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Organized criminal groups make an estimated 1 6 billion a year from sexual exploitation in Guatemala equivalent to 2 7 of the country s GDP the report reveals

PROSTITUTION. General view of a zone known as 'La Linea' (The Line), in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This location just passed the railroad is one of the most popular zones of prostitution in the city. File photo by Saul Martinez/EPA

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:52 AM

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

Comedian takes office as Guatemala's new president

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:55 AM

Most Guatemalans view newly elected president Jimmy Morales with fondness as a familiar figure from his 15 year television career on a program he produced

NEW PRESIDENT. Guatemala´s President-elect Jimmy Morales (R) shakes hands with Spanish former King Juan Carlos (L) prior to their meeting held in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on January 13, 2016. Former King Juan Carlos is in Guatemala to attend the swearing in ceremony of Guatemala's new president upcoming January 14. Photo by Esteban Biba/EPA

Central America's violent Northern Triangle records 17,422 murders in 2015

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:52 AM

The figures released this week confirms the region s reputation for the worst homicide rates in the world outside of war zones

In this file photo, a Guatemalan policewoman (2-L) takes pictures of the body of one of the two assailants that were shot down by the authorities following an attack against a police station in Guatemala City, Guatemala, October 1, 2015. Esteban Biba/EPA