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Guatemala: Remote Controlled Explosive Devices Used on Bus Attacks

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Insightcrime.org reported an attack on a bus in Guatemala is commonplace. Gangs like the Barrio 18 and their rivals in the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) systematically extort buses. It is one of their few regular sources of income, and when payment does not arrive on time, there are repercussions, normally in the form of a dead bus driver.

However, this bus bomb’s characteristics set off alarm bells because authorities said it was detonated remotely via a cellular phone, a seldom used tactic that illustrates a growing sophistication of the gangs.

They did not give any more details, but it was not the first time the Barrio 18, thought to be the least sophisticated of the two major gangs, had used this tactic, police and Interior Ministry officials told InSight Crime. Read Article

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Guatemala: 49 cases of Zika virus registered in past three weeks

The first case of a birth defect linked to the Zika virus has been registered in Guatemala. MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – According to Mejia, a total of 49 Zika cases have been registered in Guatemala in the past three weeks.   “We have also detected the first case of microcephaly compatible with Zika,” Carlos Mejia, head of the infectious diseases […]

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Guatemala: Every dreamed of sleeping in Che Guevara’s bed? Here is your chance, nine dollars

elpais.com reported the room of Che Guevara is small. No more than five square meters. No windows or air conditioning. A cot, small for the size of myth appearance, occupies the central space. Above is a loose mattress, a blanket of blue and white stripes, and a cushion ravaged by time. At that point, the […]

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Guatemala: 17 dead in violent prison brawl

dailymail.co.uk reported a violent brawl among inmates at a maximum security Guatemalan prison has left 17 dead – including three who were decapitated. Hundreds of army troops and police officers surrounded the Granja Penal Canada prison, which holds 3,100 inmates, after violence broke out on Sunday. The violence was triggered during a prison yard football […]

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Guatemala: Graves whose lease has expired or not paid, bodies being exhumedved

washingtonpost.com/Reuters …..In Guatemala, if a lease on a crypt has expired or not been paid, grave cleaners will break it open to remove the body for reburial. Remains that are then claimed by families are stored in a small box and then deposited at an ossuary at the General Cemetery. Any unclaimed remains are packed […]

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Guatemala: Prison Service Director arrested on corruption charges

bbc.com reported Guatemala’s Prison Service Director Edgar Camargo has been arrested and charged with involvement in a lucrative corruption and extortion scheme. Prosecutors say the scheme was run by a high profile convicted criminal, Byron Oliva Lima, who paid bribes to Camargo. Oliva Lima took money from inmates to allow them access to phones, special […]

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Guatemala: Group of Orthodox Jews forced to leave their settlement under threats

bbc.com reported Some 230 members of an Orthodox Jewish group have begun leaving a village in western Guatemala after a bitter row with the local indigenous community. The Lev Tahor members were asked to leave San Juan La Laguna after meetings with elders of the Mayan community. The elders accused the Jews of shunning the […]

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Guatemala: Court rules in favor of idigenous group in Sipacapa over transantional mining

upsidedownworld.org reported a Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the Guatemalan government must respect the right to information and consultation with the local population before granting any kind of mining permits. Read Article

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Guatemala, Mexico, U.S. reach accord in effort to prevent migrants using freight train

bbc.com reported that Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached a deal to try to prevent migrants from jumping onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, according to Guatemalan officials. Tens of thousands of migrants stow away on the train, known as La Bestia (The Beast), every year. Hundreds are […]

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Guatemala: 40,000 families affected by drought caused by El Niño

Some 40,000 families have been affected by the drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon in Guatemala, Agriculture, Ranching and Food Minister Elmer Lopez said Tuesday, citing preliminary figures. The lack of rain has damaged corn crops in some 28 cities in eight provinces located in the so-called Dry Corridor in the country’s east […]

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Rust More Aggressive in attacking Guatemala’s coffee crop

npr.org reported Francisco Anzueto, of Guatemala’s Coffee Board, , says coffee rust has been in the region a long time. But recently, it has become more aggressive. It’s due to climate change, Anzueto says. Temperatures are up, and the fungus thrives in hot weather. It attacks the leaves of coffee trees, eventually choking off nutrients […]

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Guatemala: opposition to mining, threat to national security

upsidedownworld.org reported San Rafael Las Flores has become a strange place where everyone is wary of each other and distrustful. Since May 2013, after the surrounding municipality of Santa Rosa declared a State of Siege, that’s how things have been. In the streets, the parks, and the small corner shops, people cautiously observe everything that […]

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Guatemala: Nickel Mine reopens after 30 years, violent clashes

theguardian.com reported Central America’s biggest nickel mine reopens amid violent clashes Guatemala’s Fenix mine, closed for 30 years, faces disputes over land ownership and lawsuits for gang-rape and murder. The biggest nickel mine in Central America has restarted operations amid violent clashes between indigenous people and security forces, disputes over land ownership, and ongoing lawsuits […]

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Guatemala Declares State of Calamity in Seven Departments after Earthquake

gov.uk reported on 7 July a strong earthquake struck Guatemala, mainly affecting the Departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Totonicapan, Sololá, Retalhuleu and Suchitepequez. Aftershocks have also been felt. Local authorities have reported the death of 4 people and there has been damage to infrastructure, property in these departments and transport routes.. Travel disruption is […]

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Guatemala: Peaceful protesters of gold mine operated by U.S. concern, evicted

James Rodríguez reported (vice.com) Since March 2012, hundreds of local community members from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, Guatemala, have peacefully blocked the entrance to US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ El Tambor gold mine. Locals argue the industrial project will consume their already short supplies of water and believe there was no […]

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La Terminal Guatemala City, Major Market Destroyed by Fire

bbc.com reported a fire has destroyed most of Guatemala City’s main market, wiping out more than 1,000 stalls. Four people have been injured and dozens more were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. Thousands of traders from all over Guatemala earn their living at the market, known as […]

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Former President of Guatemala pleads guilty in U.S. for accepting bribes from Taiwan

bbc.com reported that…Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) has told a court in New York he accepted $2.5m (£1.5m) in bribes from Taiwan. Portillo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money and agreed not to appeal against any prison sentence between four and six years. He said he had taken the money […]

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Five countries in Latin America rank in top ten in the world with computer Malware infections

Pandasecurity.com reported that the Cloud Security Company has published the results of its 2013 Annual Report, compiled by PandaLabs. In 2013 alone, cyber-criminals created and distributed 20 percent of all malware that has ever existed. There were a total of 30 million new malicious strains in circulation which averages out to 82,000 attacks per day. […]

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Canadian expat in Belize found dead in Guatemala

theglobeandmail.com reported that on Dec. 27, a body with no identification was found in Guatemala, about 15 minutes from the border. Dinsdale Thompson, superintendent of police in Benque Viejo, a town on the border with Guatemala, says investigators took photos of the body before it was buried in Santa Helena. “We contacted our Guatemalan counterparts, […]

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U.S. so far in 2013, 46,198 Guatemalans deported

Plenglish.com reported the number of Guatemalans deported from the United States in the first 11 months of the year totaled to 46,198, which was 23 percent more than the same period last year, the National Immigration Office said. Of the total deported this year so far, 41,965 are men, 3,941 are women and 292 were […]

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Facebook helps families connect who have been missing since civil strife

Guatemalan siblings who lost contact during the country’s turbulent 1960-1996 civil strife have been reunited 31 years later, with some help from Facebook. Ofelia, Avilio and Elsira Funez Velasquez had their tearful reunion at the headquarters of the Mutual Support Group, an activist with the social group, Enrique Barrera, said. Sister and brother Ofelia and […]

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Guatemala to spend 12.6 million dollars new weapons for National Police

EFE.com reported….The Guatemalan government will invest some $12.6 million to buy new weapons for the National Civil Police, or PNC, a government minister said Wednesday. Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said at a press conference that after 10 “failed bidding processes” to buy the weapons for the PNC held between 2005 and 2011, authorities opted […]

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Guatemala – survivor´s story of a massacre

thestar.com reported………Ramiro Osorio Cristales was one of four survivors of the massacre at Dos Erres. He was eventually forced to call a man who helped kill his father ‘Papa.’ A life changed forever “It was at night,” says Osorio, as he recalls those terrifying hours when his life changed forever. “We had gone to bed.” […]

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Guatemala: Ancient salt processing plant discovered

An industrial salt processing plant of the Maya pre-classic period in Guatemala, which once produced as much as 24,000 tonnes of salt annually, has been discovered. According to American archaeologist Brent Woodfill, it was discovered at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros (Saltworks of the Nine Hills), one of the most ancient cities of the Mayan […]

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Bus Plunges off Cliff in Guatemala, 38 killed and dozens injured

Reuters.com reported that at least 38 people were killed and dozens injured on Monday when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend in rural Guatemala, tumbling some 200 meters (660 feet) into a river at the bottom of a ravine, officials said. Rescue workers said that the bus, which plunged off of […]

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Guatemala: 11 killed in shootout outside Capitol

Boston.com reported that a group of men in a stolen car shot 29 people on the main street of a poor indigenous town in the mountains outside Guatemala City, killing 11 in an incident that some residents blamed on corrupt police officers. Officials blamed the attack on gang violence but that was greeted with skepticism […]

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San Andrés, Guatemala: Authorities Seize 40 Barrels of Chemical Precursor

From lainformacion.com on August 20, 2013- Guatemalan security forces seized 40 barrels (8338 liters) of chemical precursor for synthetic drugs in the northern part of the country. The seizure occurred at the Six Islands farm in the city of San Andrés, Petén Department, along the Mexican and Belizean borders. Authorities arrested José Antonio Galdámez in […]

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Russia Offers Anti-Narcotic Aid to Guatemala

From lainformacion.com on August 3, 2013- The Vice President of the Russian Senate, Alexander Torshin, offered his country’s support to combat drug trafficking in Guatemala after visiting the Guatemalan legislature. Torshin stated that his country is willing to share its experiences with fighting drug trafficking and terrorism, and that in the coming months they will […]

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Mother Sentenced for Selling Daughters into Prostitution

On July 30, 2013 RPP Noticias reported the sentencing of a Guatemalan woman accused of selling her two young daughters for sexual and labor exploitation. According to investigation by the prosecution, Yolanda Alonso Ramos, a mother of five children, had sold her 12- and 13-year-old daughters for an unspecified sum. The 13-year-old was “bought” by […]

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Central America: Mexican Cartels Continue Regional Expansion

From El Cronista Digital on July 29, 2013- According to Gema Santamaria, a Mexican academic, the policies of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will have no positive changes for Central American countries dealing with the continued expansion of Mexican cartels. Pena Nieto’s strategy has been to limit drug trafficking violence and crimes of high impact […]

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala: Human Trafficking Suspect Arrested

On July 26, 2013 El Quetzalteco Noticias reported the arrest of Rafael Itzep Ajanel on charges of human trafficking and rape of a minor. According to the indictment by the Public Ministry, the victim, a 13-year-old girl, came to Quetzaltenango after responding to an ad to work as a waitress. After the victim arrived in […]

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Guatemala: Mothers and Grandmothers Accused of Selling Underage Daughters as Prostitutes

On July 22, 2013 EL Nuevo Dia Noticias reported that 75 teenage trafficking victims have been rescued in Guatemala so far this year, the same number that was recorded in all of 2012. According to Sandra Gularte of the Human Rights Office, in many cases the girls were sold by their own mothers and at […]

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Suchitepéquez, Guatemala: Security Forces Dismantle Sex Trafficking Network

On July 18, 2013 Prensa Libre Noticias reported that Guatemalan authorities have arrested five alleged members of a sex trafficking network, including: Ana Rosalina Echeverría Chávez, Laura Violeta Larrave Vásquez, Shirley Lorena Sosa, Alfredo Emiliano de León and Luis Adrián Melgar Bac. They are accused of selling by catalog the sexual services of girls between […]

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Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala: Judge’s Son Among 8 Arrested for Sex Trafficking

On July 17, 2013 Diario de Yucatán Noticias reported that César Barrientos Aguilar, son of the Supreme Court Judge of the same name, was arrested today along with seven other people accused of involvement in a sex trafficking network in Guatemala. The other arrested suspects include one of the group’s customers, a physician identified as […]

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Comitán, Mexico: 7 Sex Trafficking Victims Rescued, 3 Suspects Arrested

On July 11, 2013 Milenio Noticias reported a police operation in Chiapas which resulted in the rescue of seven women and the arrest of three members of a trafficking gang. The seven adult women, five Mexican and two from Guatemala, were being held captive at the “Cantina Alex” bar in the town of Comitán. The […]

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Guatemala City, Guatemala: Two Young Sex Trafficking Victims Rescued

On July 11, 2013 Prensa Libre Noticias reported the rescue of two girls aged 12 and 14, the apparent victims of sex trafficking, from “La Serenita” bar in Guatemala City. The owner of the bar, a Salvadoran woman, was later discovered to be the mother of the two young victims. According to a complaint made […]

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Guatemala: 8 Police Murdered Despite the Recent Calm in Drug Violence

From lainformacion.com on June 16, 2013- In recent months, drug traffickers in Guatemala have been considered quiet by some; however extreme examples of violence still occur. Last week, about fifteen men armed with assault rifles and automatic pistols entered a National Civil Police Station in Salcaja and opened fire on the unsuspecting officers. Seven died […]

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Guatemala: Police Seize 14 Kilos of Cocaine, Detain Seven People

From lainformacion.com on June 16, 2013- Guatemalan security forces discovered a stash of cocaine that was found in secret compartments in three vehicles when driving near the Mexican border. The cocaine amounted to 14 kilos and was seized along with the arrest of seven people including one woman and one minor. The seizure took place […]

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Ecuadorian Minister of the Interior Promotes Decriminalization of Drugs

From El Comercio on June 2, 2013- Ecuador’s Minister of the Interior, José Serrano, stated that the decriminalization of consuming drugs would deliver a hard blow to drug traffickers in Latin America. He said that the current fight against drugs has been a failure. There needs to be new, clear policies for addicts and from […]

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Guatemala: Police Seize 1,048 Kilos of Cocaine Shipped from Ecuador

From El Universo on June 2, 2013- Authorities in Guatemala seized 1,048 kilos of cocaine in the city of Puerto Quetzal. The drugs originated in Guayaquil, Ecuador and it is believed that they were destined for a transport company in Mixco, west of the capital, this is still under investigation. The drugs were hidden inside […]

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Colombian Police Seize 1.4 Tons of Cocaine Heading to Guatemala

From lainformacion.com on May 29, 2013- According to authorities, police in Colombia seized 1.4 tons of cocaine hydrochloride in the city of Cali. The drugs belong to a criminal gang known as “Los Rastrojos.” It is believed that from Cali the drugs were intended to go to the Pacific port city of Buenaventura and from […]

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Guatemala: 34 Kilos of Cocaine Seized Along with Weapons and Vehicles

From lainformacion.com on May 31, 2013- On May 30, Guatemalan security forces conducted a raid north of Guatemala City which resulted in the seizure of 34 kilos of cocaine, five firearms, ammunition, and two vehicles. According to the National Civil Police (PNC) there were no arrests made during the raid, but the investigation is ongoing. […]

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Two Mexican Drug Traffickers Detained, 29 Tons of Chemicals Seized in Northern Guatemala

From Lainformacion.com on May 25, 2013- To suspected Mexican drug traffickers were detained by security forces in the Guatemalan town of Tecún Umán, along the Mexican border. The two suspects, Juan Carlos Gaixola and Joel Mario Carrillo Gómez, were caught transporting 29 tons of metal that contained precursor chemicals to make synthetic drugs. In addition […]

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Guatemalan Detained with Ties to Los Zetas

Lainformacion.com reported on May 22, 2013 that Guatemalan security forces detained Guatemalan citizen, Cristopher Calderón Pinto, aka. “El Palanca.” According to the National Civil Police (PNC), Calderón Pinto has ties to a Zetas cell that is active in southern and central Guatemala, and is connected to a dozen crimes related to drug trafficking. During the […]

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Two Drug Dealers Detained in Guatemala City

Prensa Libre reported on May 21, 2013 that two men were detained for selling drugs near a school in Zone 18 of Guatemala City. Augusto Torres Chávez and Julio Roberto Hernández Palencia were arrested yesterday in a sewer after a chase that began at the 14.5 km marker of the Atlantic route, zone 18. The […]

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Referendum suspended by Guatemala in territorial dispute with Belize

Guatemala has officially suspended the simultaneous Oct. 6 referendum scheduled with Belize on taking their long-running territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera said. Read Article

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Israel’s connection to Guatemala

You may not know it from reading or listening to the major U.S. media, but the rest of the world has been steeped in news coverage of a former Guatemalan head of state recently on trial in a national court (though proceedings are currently on hold) for genocide and crimes against humanity. The accused, General […]

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Guatemala: alleged narco extradited back to El Salvador

The alleged drug lord Ernesto Salvador Jorge Ulloa Sibrián, alias Onion, was repatriated by air yesterday his country by the Guatemalan authorities. Six weeks ago the Ministry of Interior received from the security authorities of El Salvador a request for urgent help: their intelligence services were located in Guatemala, whom they considered one of the […]

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Protests against government in Guatemala City, Guatemala March 17, 2013, traffic complications

The demands of the protesters were no new taxes, improved security, the fight against impunity, the refusal to reform teaching and allocation of funds to the University of San Carlos, among others. From 9.30 am bus lot in caravan made ​​its entry into the capital on the routes to the Pacific, the Atlantic and on […]

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U.N Rapporteur warns of sexual exploitation of Guatemalan children

The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’Jid, recently lamented that despite efforts by the Guatemalan authorities, many children are victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Read Article

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Guatemala: 73 children killed so far in 2013 as result of violence

Representatives of the March of Silence lamented violence against Guatemalan children, which has left 73 dead children, in addition to the violations of their rights. Read Article

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Guatemala: Belizean national detained with 280 pounds of marijuana

Guatemalan authorities have caught a Belizean with a major cache of weed. According to newspaper reports from that country, 41 year old Antony Patrick Westby, was arrested driving a vehicle with marijuana in the Petén region near San Pedro Cadenas village. The Toyota pickup had Guatemalan plates and police found 12 packages with a whopping […]

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Guatemala: Mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez detained with weapons, masks

prensalibre.com reported that the mayor of Santa Barbara, Suchitepéquez Otto Orlando Franco-Najera, 26, elected by the National Transmission Unit (NCU) -, two council members and a bodyguard of the commune were arrested yesterday morning by Army and neighbors who performed patrols in communities surrounding Chicacao. Council members are captured Juan de Dios Rodriguez Quevedo, 53, […]

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Wave of violence over the weekend in Guatemala, 24 murders, 15 injuries

Experts believe the unabated flow of weapons in the country is a a major contributing factor. Prensalibre.com reported that 24 people were shot to death and at least 15 were injured between last Saturday and yesterday, in different areas of the country, which is ranked by experts from a negative balance that could be caused […]

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Illiteracy rate in Guatemala at 16.63 percent

Authorities of the National Literacy Committee confirmed Monday that illiteracy in the country is 16.63 percent rate reduction in 2013 seeking to declare six departments free of illiteracy. The highest rates of illiteracy in the country and are in Joyabaj Chichicastenango, Quiché, and Panzós, Alta Verapaz, a record with more than 45 percent. Read Article

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Guatemala making preparations for increased security at border with Mexico

Tapachula, Chiapas (25/FEB/2013.) – Guatemala’s government prepares a group of highly specialized military, to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in his country on the Gaza border with Mexico, Guatemalan authorities said. Secretary of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic of the Central American nation, Francisco Cuevas Gallardo, said officers will be operational […]

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala: proposition to introduce “Taxi Seguro” meets resistance from drivers

elquetzalteco.com.gt reported that The Guatemalan Tourism Institute (Inguat) intends to implement the government program in Xela, but taxi drivers are unhappy. Number of taxis 700 taxis Approximate number circulating in the City Altense. Yesterday, at a meeting between officials of the Tourist Assistance Program and the Consulate of Mexico in Quetzaltenango, it was announced that […]

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Guatemala: Alba-Kenneth Alert System for abducted, missing children being misused

According Survivors alert was created to save the lives of children who have been taken by different strangers who have custody or care with the intent to harm, but the law has been “distorted” as it is being used to custody issues when the parent takes the child which does not merit activate the Alba-Kenneth, […]

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Guatemala retracts report of Chapo Guzman’s death

Interior Minister of Guatemala, Mauricio Lopez, said there was confusion about the news broadcast on Thursday an armed confrontation which would presumably dead Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. According to the rumor, spread primarily through social networks, one of the police officers involved in the alleged operation in the Peten region said they […]

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Chapo Guzman possibly among dead in clash, San Francisco, Petén Guatemala

Guatemalan officials reported this afternoon a clash between drug traffickers in the municipality of San Francisco, Petén, leaving several dead, officials say they are working to determine whether Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is among the victims.According to information provided by official sources, are recorded when two victims, but still not been identified, in the scene […]

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Internal Migration in Guatemala serious social problem

lahora.com.gt reported …..the low labor supply, inequality and poverty are some of the factors that make thousands of Guatemalans change their residence within the country and migrate to the capital, where the greatest concentration of economic activity and growth opportunities in the country. In this regard, Elizabeth Enriquez, Executive Director of the National Bureau for […]

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Alta Verapaz Guatemala: Increased numbers of maternal deaths

As a matter of Augusto Cesar Diaz, MD, coordinator of the organization, the situation that exists in Alta Verapaz is alarming and disturbing, as the number of female deaths from causes related to pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum is high. According OSAR data in 2010 reported 56 maternal deaths in 2011 dropped to 52 and in […]

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Guatemala: Six members of Mara Salvatrucha captured

lahora.com.gt reported that researchers from the Department of Crimes against Life, the National Civil Police (PNC), captured six members of the Mara Salvatrucha, accused of committing dozens of crimes, some linked to extortion. The investigation began yesterday, in zone 1 of Chimaltenango, where they were arrested at a resort, the brothers Edilberto and Alvaro Adonai, […]

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Guatemala: German tourist dies at Pacaya Volcano

Marian Christa Elizabeth Theaelsbeph (sic) age 62 a German tourist died of a heart attack while visiting the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala as reported by prensalibre.com. She had arrived at the National Park along with other tourists from Antigua Guatemala at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Because of her age she decided to ascend on […]

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Two Ecuadorians detained off coast of Guatemala with 300 kilos of cocaine

Two Ecuadorians were arrested in the Pacific Ocean in Guatemala, with 300 kilos of cocaine on a vessel carrying, authorities said Monday. The director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Gerson Oliva, told reporters that the capture came after receiving a warning about the presence in the Pacific waters of a boat that had left […]

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Guatemala: José Efrain Rios Montt to face genocide charges

José Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala for part of its brutal civil war, will face trial for genocide for allegedly ordering the murder, torture or displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians after a March 1982 coup, a judge ruled Monday. A former U.S.-backed dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s […]

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George Soros supports Guatemala’s president in effort to end war on drugs

Guardian.co.uk reported that George Soros has thrown his support behind the president of Guatemala’s efforts to end the war on drugs. Soros, who is best know for leading a run on the pound in 1992 that forced the UK out of the European exchange rate mechanism, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that […]

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Contributing factors to Guatemala having a high rate of femicide

The bad news is that the main cause of femicide that Amnesty International has identified is government inaction and the resulting impunity—human rights abusers can literally get away with murder in Guatemala, especially when their victims are women. Amnesty found that less than 4 percent of homicide cases result in the conviction of those responsible. […]

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Guatemala: Authorities report that seizures of precursor chemicals increase

The Interior Ministry officials reported Tuesday that the amount of precursors seized last year totaled over what was seized in the operations of 2010 and 2011. According to statistics from the ministry, at the end of December 2012, it accounted for 25,000 containers of different features with prohibited substances while in the last two years […]

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Guatemala: Anonymous attacks government websites

“As part of our commitment to the people of Guatemala have been carried out for three days the operation called” OpDemocraciaGT “that is a result of seeing how our government manipulates at will the Guatemalan heritage,” said a pirate group video posted on the portal YouTube . Similarly, Anonymous threatened to “invade” the Guatemalan cyberspace […]

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Guatemala: Violent crimes increase last months of 2012

Violence has increased in recent months in the country The 2012 closed, according to the National Civil Police (PNC), with five thousand 174 violent murders, and left November and December as the months with the most deaths, with 476 and 514, respectively. In 2011, statistics show that there were five thousand 681, which represents a […]

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Guatemala: U.S. Mormon missionary held captive, rescued

A Mesa missionary held captive for 30 hours in Guatemala told her father that she is not ready to come home yet. Three kidnappers grabbed Sara Trevino, 22, on December 18th in the town of Escuintla and demanded money from her family and the church for her release. Read Article

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Guatemala: at least eight killed, fifteen wounded during Christmas Eve 2012

At least eight people were killed and 15 wounded in various acts of violence and traffic accidents registered during the holidays and Christmas Eve in Guatemala, according to preliminary figures revealed today by the authorities and relief agencies. Read Article

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Guatemala attempting to get back Mayan book from Newberry Library

Guatemala’s Congress formed a commission to recover the book Mayan Popol Vuh, of great historical value and is in the Newberry Library in Chicago, United States, said Thursday the government deputy Jimmy Ren. “The Commission is composed of three members of Congress, two delegates from indigenous mayor Quiché (north) and one of the City of […]

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Guatemala: McAfee Hospitalized after arrest, political asylum rejected

John McAfee, the fugitive software millionaire, was rushed to hospital in Guatemala last night after his request for political asylum in the country was rejected, his lawyer said. Mr McAfee, 67, who faces deportation to Belize for questioning over the death of his neighbor there, was brought out of an immigration service detention center on […]

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McAfee flees Belize, now in Guatemala

In a statement posted on its official blog , the creator of the McAfee antivirus program, John McAfee has announced that it has escaped from Belize to Guatemala where is safe and intends to seek support from the authorities. With this publication belies his supposed capture in Mexico. Belize police tried to question him about […]

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Youth Youth Sexual Risk, Implications for Public Health and Policy in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala

This research investigates the principal factors that influence youth sexuality, exploring the multi-faceted forces that shape young people’s sexual knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Seeking to shed light on the diverse social, cultural, and structural forces that contribute to youth sexual risk-taking, I conducted a quantitative study of 1686 high school students between the ages of […]

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Guatemala: minors detained from several countries in criminal gang referred to as the “Babys”

Members detained also come from the United States The Kidnapping Task Force against plagiarists dismantled a band which they called the Babys, which ran less than 17 years. That day captured Wendy Mayén Amparo Morales and Maria del Carmen Sanchez, along with four under 17. So far, from January to October last, police have arrested […]

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Guatemala Travel Advice November 12, 2012

Foreign & Commonwealth Office reported on 7 November a strong earthquake struck off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, principally affecting the Departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, Retalhuleu, Solola, Totonicapan and Suchitepequez. Aftershocks are still being felt. On 8 November the President declared “State of Public Calamity” for 30 days in order for […]

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Volunteers working to assist earthquake victims in Guatemala

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4.5 EARTHQUAKE OFFSHORE GUATEMALA NOVEMBER 11, 2012

Earthquake Details SOURCE USGS This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 23:49:27 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 05:49:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.978°N, 92.335°W Depth 38.1 km (23.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 57 km (35 miles) SW […]

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Guatemala: one million affected by earthquake, state of emergency continues in seven departments

One million affected after quake in Guatemala / Extend state of emergency in seven departments After the powerful earthquake that shook Guatemala on Wednesday and was felt even in Mexico City, 52 people have been killed, one million more was affected and another six million remain at risk for possible aftershocks. Read Article

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Guatemala Earthquake Videos November 7, 2012

Earthquake Videos November 7, 2012

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Earthquake Guatemala: Death toll so far 29, November 7, 2012

The death toll from the earthquake that rocked Guatemala rose to 29 and authorities warn that it could continue to rise, because the report remains one hundred missing. Aroldo Rivera, governor of the department of San Marcos, bordering Mexico, told local media that “officially” in that area of ​​the country, “there are 29 dead and […]

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Earthquake Guatemala 7.2 causes alerts country wide

Siglo21.com.gt reported that according to the scientific body, the tremor occurred at 10:35 hours (16:35 GMT), with five intensity on the Mercalli scale. The epicenter was 200.5 kilometers southwest of the capital, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, facing Champerico Retalhuelu. The quake that was sensitive in most of Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador, […]

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7.4 Earthquake Shakes Guatemala

Magnitude 7.4 – OFFSHORE GUATEMALA This webpage is being phased out and is no longer maintained. Please use the new Real-time Earthquake Map instead and update your bookmark. See Quick Tips & User Guide. 2012 November 07 16:35:50 UTC Earthquake Details This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 7.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, […]

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Tsunami alert issued Nicaragua after large earthquake Guatemala

The National System for Disaster Prevention of Nicaragua (SINAPRED) alerted the country’s coastal communities about the possibility of a tsunami following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Guatemala in the Pacific. “We appeal to the people, why, in an organized, mobilized go to higher altitudes, this is a tsunami warning,” the chief […]

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El Salvador: Tsunami alert after 7.2 earthquake off Pacific coast of Guatemala

The National System for Disaster Prevention of Nicaragua (SINAPRED) warned coastal communities in the country, with the possibility of a tsunami following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake compared to the coasts Pacific in Guatemala. “We appeal to the people, why, in an organized, mobilized go to higher altitudes, this is a tsunami warning,” the chief executive […]

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Guatemala: four bodies found net to roadway, completely charred

“The four bodies are completely burned.” The charred bodies of four men were found hiding in some bushes today on the edge of a lonely road Petén department, about 400 kilometers north of Guatemala, officials said. A spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters told reporters that “the four bodies are completely burned” and it is unknown […]

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Guatemala: Climate Risk and Adaptation Country Profile

Occupying a total land area of 108,889 km2, the Republic of Guatemala lies in the heart of Central America and is bordered by Mexico and Belize to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and El Salvador, Honduras, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Two-thirds of the country are mountainous and dominated by […]

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Guatemala: cases of classical swine flu reported

A new outbreak of classical swine fever has been reported to the OIE by Dr Miguel Angel Azañón Robles, Director de Salud Animal, Area Zoosanitaria. The new outbreak occurred on a farm in the Village of Monterrey, Santo Domingo, Suchitepequez,, Guatemala. Read Article

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Guatemala initiates new mobile unit for registering weapons

DEPARTMENT OF CONTROL OF WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION (DIGECAM) Mobile unit IMPLEMENTED FOR REGISTRATION OF WEAPONS IN Interior of the Republic. As of October 1 this year, the Directorate General of Control Arms and Ammunition (DIGECAM), implemented a mobile unit for recording arms in the different departments of the Republic, it, in order to facilitate the […]

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Bus from El Salvador with tourists assaulted just after entering Guatemala

Oscar Armando Castro, 51, driver of the company bus Salvadoran Executive Services, reported in the National Police substation Jalpatagua Civil four gunmen tried to give up the bus stop pulman guy who had just entered the country from El Salvador. He told the driver that he crossed individuals to make a car stop but accelerated […]

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Leader of Zetas captured in Guatemala, near border with Mexico

Daniel John Nicholas was arrested yesterday Sinlaj community, the municipality of Santa Cruz Barillas, in the northwestern department of Huehuetenango, which is located 100 meters from the border with Mexico, according to the attorney general, Claudia Paz. The Guatemalan, known by the alias “El Mono” is an alleged leader of Los Zetas operating in Sinlaj […]

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Antigua Guatemala: mayor arrested on corruption charges

elnuevoherald.com reported that the mayor of the tourist town of Antigua Guatemala, Adolfo Vivar, was arrested on Thursday by police and prosecutors accused of corruption, said the head of the Prosecutor against money laundering, Rolando Rodenas. Alongside Vivar, also was arrested Boris Asensio, who serves as treasurer of the City of the “colonial city”, 45 […]

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Volcano of Fire Guatemala erupts, thousands evacuated

Reuters reported The Fire in Guatemala volcano began spewing lava and ash on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of about 11,000 people from surrounding communities and the suspension of some flights, officials said. The volcano, about 40 kilometers southwest of the capital, launched a column of lava 30 meters long from the crater for about 20 […]

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Marijuana plantation Totonicapán Guatemala eradicated

dca.gob.gt reported a plantation of marijuana was located in the vicinity of Cerro Alto Spot, Santa Ana district, the municipality of Momostenango, Totonicapán, in a mountainous area of ​​seven acres of land planted with 32 thousand 800 marijuana plants, valued at 12 million 300 000 Q. Read Article

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Guatemala: Man murders two children in school, assailant then lynched by mob

EFE reported that – Children beheaded by assailant, he is then lynched and set on fire. reported that “The children died beheaded, while the alleged was offender lynched died after being beaten by the mob and burned alive” in a public school in the town of Tactic, about 190 north of Guatemala, said Sergio Vasquez, […]

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Synthetic drug processing plant uncovered in Suchitepéquez Guatemala

Processing lab located in Suchitepéquez synthetic drugs An operation that takes place on Tuesday at a farm in San Francisco Zapotitlan, Suchitepéquez allowed dismantle a narcolaboratorio where located 1000 500 barrels with chemical precursors, bags with drugs, narcotics produce containers and gas cylinders and boilers. Read Article

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Guatemala, two explosive devices detonated, two killed, injuring several

Emisorasunidas.com reported Two explosive devices were detonated in Democracy, Huehuetenango, killing two preliminary dead and several injured. At the scene, the attackers left a sign that read that both victims were involved in robberies and kidnappings. Read/Listen to report

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