GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ruled against the presidential candidacy of former top prosecutor Thelma Aldana, a court official said Wednesday.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Constitutional Court says the daughter of former dictator José Efraín Rios Montt cannot run for president in the country's June election.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened an investigation into a Supreme Court judge who ordered the detention of former chief prosecutor and presidential candidate Thelma...
FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) — Gunfire during a riot in a Guatemala prison Tuesday left at least seven inmates dead and 10 wounded, authorities said.
Guatemalan mayor wanted on US drug charges
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors are seeking to remove immunity from a mayor facing drug charges in a U.S. federal court so he can be arrested and extradited.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The son of a Guatemalan presidential candidate facing drugs and weapons charges in the U.S. said Thursday his father is innocent and is asking lawmakers in the Central...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's electoral court on Wednesday annulled the candidacy of a presidential hopeful who was arrested in the U.S. last week and is accused of ties to Mexico's Sinaloa...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Fourty-four Nobel Prize laureates in various disciplines have signed a letter expressing concern over what they call deteriorating conditions for democracy and human rights...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's lead prosecutor against impunity who helped put three former presidents and a raft of other officials behind bars said Wednesday that current President Jimmy...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's top electoral court has accepted three challenges to the presidential candidacy of former chief prosecutor Thelma Aldana, at least temporarily leaving her outside...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in custody of the U.S. border patrol on Christmas Eve died of the flu and a bacterial infection, authorities in the Central...
Truck slams into crowd on highway in Guatemala; 18 dead
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A large truck slammed into a crowd gathered on a dark highway in western Guatemala, killing 18 people and leaving bodies scattered on the roadway, firefighters said...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Presidential hopeful and former chief prosecutor Thelma Aldana will not immediately return to Guatemala after a warrant was issued for her arrest, she said in interviews with...
Guatemala confirms warrant for presidential candidate
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for a former Guatemalan prosecutor who is running for president.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department has suspended military aid to Guatemalan police over the questionable use of armored vehicles donated by Washington, officials said...
Former top prosecutor to run for president in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prominent former Guatemalan prosecutor was nominated Sunday to run for president by the Seed Movement party.
Sixty-three-year-old Thelma Aldana was Guatemala's top...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala say they have opened a corruption investigation into a former chief prosecutor who is soon to be named a candidate in the June 16 presidential...
Guatemala court: Candidate remains immune from prosecution
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's supreme court has decided presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova will keep her legal immunity in spite of prosecutors' allegations of possible illegal...
New graft probe targets Guatemala first lady
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into first lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales related to apparently unreported campaign checks during President...
5 to stand trial in Guatemala shelter fire that killed 41
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that five current and former Guatemalan officials should stand trial over a blaze that killed 41 girls at a state-run home for troubled...
Court clears way for Guatemalan dictator’s daughter to run
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Court has provisionally cleared the way for the daughter of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt to run for president in the country's June elections.
Court spokesman Mario Siecavizza said Wednesday the decision allowing Zury Rios Sosa to run for the conservative Valor party was unanimous. Details on the decision were not available.
Guatemala presidential candidate targeted over financing
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala sought Wednesday to have presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova's immunity from prosecution withdrawn over a case of millions in alleged illicit campaign financing four years ago.
Ex-chief prosecutor to run for president in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former chief prosecutor lauded for efforts to root out high-level corruption plans to compete for Guatemala's presidency.
Samuel Perez is secretary general of the recently formed Seed Movement party and he announced Thelma Aldana's candidacy overnight.
The party will work with Aldana's civil society organization Citizen Platform and make Aldana its candidate at an assembly in March.
Pope visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere.
UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala says work lit backlash
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says power structures that co-opt the government and refuse to give up their privileges are responsible for trying to block the body's work.
In a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Ivan Velasquez says the intensity of the character attacks and threats on the commission has increased since cases were brought against high-powered political and economic interests.
Guatemala court blocks president’s expulsion of UN team
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court issued a ruling Wednesday blocking President Jimmy Morales' decision to unilaterally end a U.N. anti-corruption commission.
The commission, known by its Spanish initials as CICIG, has angered Morales by investigating him, his sons and his brother on accusations of corruption, which they deny.
Historic Guatemalan anti-corruption battle endangered
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A decade-long, U.N.-assisted anti-corruption effort that brought down a president faced extinction after the Guatemalan government ended the agreement, drawing condemnation Tuesday from transparency and rights groups.
The U.N. anti-corruption commission, known by its initials as the CICIG, has angered President Jimmy Morales after it helped investigate him, his sons and his brother on accusations of corruption they deny.
Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said it was withdrawing from a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission and giving its prosecutors a day to leave the country, as President Jimmy Morales moved to expel a body that has investigated him, his family and top government officials.
Accusing the commission of overreach and violating Guatemala's sovereignty, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel on Monday announced the decision after meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Guatemala to withdraw from UN anti-corruption commission
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala announced Monday it was pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and people close to President Jimmy Morales.
Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel announced the decision after meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the commission, known as CICIG for its initials in Spanish, at the United Nations.
The Latest: UN rebuffs Guatemala’s pullout from commission
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Guatemala's decision to withdraw from a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission (all times local):
The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "strongly rejects" Guatemala's complaints in withdrawing from a U.N.-sponsored anti-corruption commission.
Court orders Guatemala to let UN investigator enter
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A member of a U.N.-sponsored anti-corruption commission has been allowed into Guatemala by a court order after he was held for almost a day at the capital's airport.
Guatemala's Constitutional Court ordered the government to admit Colombian Yilen Osorio, who was detained upon arrival at the airport Saturday.
Guatemala bars entry to UN-sponsored corruption investigator
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Guatemala were holding a member of a U.N.-sponsored anti-corruption commission in the capital's airport on Sunday, refusing him entry to the country in an escalation of tensions between the government and the commission.
The Latest: Mother says boy was not sick on trek to US
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on two Guatemalan children who died while in U.S. government custody (all times local):
The mother of a boy who died while in U.S. custody says her son was healthy when he left Guatemala with his father on their journey hoping to migrate to the United States.
The mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Catarina Alonzo, spoke Saturday with Associated Press journalists at the family's home in a remote Guatemalan village some 250 miles west of Guatemala City.
The Latest: Autopsy: Dead Guatemalan boy had influenza
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Latest on an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody (all times local):
New Mexico authorities say an autopsy performed on the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody shows he had the flu.
The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator says in a statement late Thursday that more tests need to be done before a cause of death can be determined for Felipe Gomez Alonzo.
Father of dead Guatemalan boy heard rumors they could cross
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland, the boy's stepsister told The Associated Press.
Guatemala pulls diplomatic credentials of UN body’s workers
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from 11 workers with a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission who have investigated cases of alleged corruption — including ones targeting President Jimmy Morales' son and brother.
Guatemala: Body of girl who died in US custody set to return
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities say they have completed documentation needed to clear the way for repatriation of the body of a 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marta Larra says Jakelin Caal's cadaver is expected to return to Guatemala on Thursday and then be taken to her hometown of San Antonio Secortez.
Guatemalan ex-soldier gets 5,130 years for 1982 massacre
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court has sentenced an ex-soldier deported from the United States to 5,130 years for the 1982 massacre of 171 villagers.
The maximum anyone can be forced to serve in Guatemala is 50 years.
Santos Lopez Alonzo is accused of belonging to an elite squad known as the "Kaibiles," which carried out the killings on Dec. 7, 1982, in the northern town of Dos Erres.
Thousands return home as Guatemala eruption eases
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Guatemalan villagers are beginning to return home a day after being evacuated due to an eruption of the Volcano of Fire.
National disaster agency spokesman David de Leon says volcanic activity has subsided at the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter) high mountain, though it's still periodically spitting out ash and rock. He says officials are helping evacuees return home.
Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala's Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.
Guatemala's volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter) high mountain shook homes with "constant sounds similar to a train locomotive."
Hundreds of migrants leave Mexico City headed for border
MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 900 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one more day at a massive improvised shelter.
The group that got a head start bundled their few possessions and started off, taking a subway to the north part of the city and then hiking down an expressway with a police escort.
Guatemala lawmakers propose jail for some political speech
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Five lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would punish with prison time certain kinds of speech criticizing elected officials and candidates in Guatemala, prompting charges that it would violate constitutional measures guaranteeing freedom of expression.
Guatemala arrests former interior minister
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors working with a U.N. anti-corruption commission have arrested former Interior Minister Carlos Vielmann and several members of his 2004-2008 administration.
Vielmann arrived handcuffed at a federal court Monday and told reporters that he holds the U.N. commission responsible for his life and the prosecutor's office responsible for his arrest. He said he didn't know why he was being arrested.
Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of thousands of legal freight, vehicle and pedestrian crossings each day.
The Latest: Mexican officials say activist resisted arrest
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to advance toward the United States. (all times local):
Mexican immigration officials say activist Irineo Mujica, who has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, is accused of property damage and resisting arrest.
A statement from the officials says that Mujica attacked immigration agents, as well as local and federal police, after he was asked for his identification as he gathered foreigners for a protest.
Guatemala lawmakers lower penalty for illicit campaign money
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that dramatically reduces prison sentences for electoral financing crimes, acting as President Jimmy Morales is under suspicion of receiving illicit campaign funds.
The measure sailed through on a 93-18 vote on a day when many Guatemalans were focused on thousands of Honduran migrants passing through the country bound for the U.S.
Former Guatemala vice president sentenced in corruption case
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Tuesday for involvement in a fraudulent state contract to decontaminate a major lake.
Prosecutors backed by a U.N. anti-corruption commission accused Baldetti and 12 other people of conspiring to grant an $18 million contract to clean up Lake Amatitlan to Israel-based M. Tarcic Engineering Ltd.
Wife of ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt dies at 89
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Teresa Sosa de Rios, the wife of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, died Monday of natural causes, a lawyer for her family said. She was 89.
Attorney Jaime Hernandez said by telephone that Sosa "was sick, she had diabetes and she was already very old." Her death comes exactly six months after her husband died of a heart attack at age 91.