Guatemala congress to review anti-corruption body’s work
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's congress has created a committee to review, and potentially reverse, work done by a U.N.-backed anti-corruption mission during the past 12 years.
Guatemala to ban plastic bags, straws, cups beginning 2021
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's government is putting in place a ban on plastic bags and other disposable single-serve items that will take effect in 2021.
Guatemala bids goodbye to UN anti-graft body as it wraps up
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said goodbye Tuesday to a U.N. commission that has helped investigate and prosecute hundreds of corrupt politicians, public officials and businesspeople over the...
UN weighs request to back El Salvador anti-graft commission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it's reviewing a request to back a new commission that will be investigating corruption in El Salvador.
As UN body wraps up in Guatemala, fears for anti-graft fight
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — For over a decade, the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala brought the Central American nation hope that corruption could be fought. Now, as...
AP Interview: Guatemala graft body’s chief happy despite end
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Although he did not head the anti-corruption mission in Guatemala starting with its creation in 2007, Iván Velásquez became known internationally about a half decade ago...
OAS-backed commission to tackle corruption in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Organization of American States has announced the creation of a commission that will investigate corruption in El Salvador.
In final report, UN body says Guatemala ‘captured’ by graft
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A U.N. commission that spent the last 12 years probing graft in Guatemala described the country as "captured" by corruption in its final report Wednesday, days before it is...
Guatemala anti-corruption commission submits final report
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A final report by the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says the body helped bring 120 cases resulting in charges against 1,540 people.
Guatemalan president’s son, brother absolved in graft case
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President Jimmy Morales' son and brother were absolved by a Guatemalan court Monday in a corruption case targeting 25 people, including the former head of the country's...
President-elect says Guatemala can’t do migrant deal with US
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan immigration agreement signed with the Trump administration won't work because the Central American nation does not have the resources, the country's new...
Guatemalans worry about graft after Giammattei wins election
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Few took to Guatemala's streets to celebrate Monday after Alejandro Giammattei overwhelmingly won election as the country's next president, with some questioning how he would...
Guatemalan farmers protest US immigration deal, election
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Guatemalan farmers are blocking roads throughout the country to protest recent election results and an immigration deal with the United States.
US DHS chief, Guatemala president meet on asylum agreement
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan met Thursday with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to discuss an agreement under which many asylum seekers would...
Guatemala official seeks to nullify asylum deal with US
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Human rights prosecutor Jordán Rodas asked the Constitutional Court on Monday to nullify a deal President Jimmy Morales' government signed with Washington forcing Salvadorans...
Guatemalan activists protest migrant asylum pact with US
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Guatemalans gathered Saturday to protest an agreement that President Jimmy Morales' government signed with Washington to require migrants passing through the...
Trump meeting with Guatemalan president rescheduled
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a meeting planned Monday between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to talk about immigration and security issues is being...
Guatemala cancels meeting between Morales and Trump
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A meeting in Washington between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales purportedly over a potential "safe third country" agreement for...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday to talk about immigration and security issues.
Guatemala seen as ill-prepared to absorb US-bound refugees
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A potential agreement with Washington to turn Guatemala into a "safe third country" for asylum seekers has the Guatemalan opposition up in arms and experts scratching their...
Guatemala court asked to block ‘safe 3rd country’ with US
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Three former foreign ministers are asking Guatemala's Constitutional Court to bar President Jimmy Morales from entering into a "safe third country" agreement with the United...
New migrant caravan sets out in Honduras
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of Honduran migrants, many carrying young children, set out in a caravan for that country's border with Guatemala on Wednesday, hoping to reach the United...
Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor fears for his life
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) — The U.S. Defense Department has suspended military aid to Guatemalan police over the questionable use of armored vehicles donated by Washington, officials said...
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...
47 US Dems ask Trump to sanction Guatemala government
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 47 Democratic members of Congress urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to impose sanctions on corrupt officials in the government of Guatemala and suspend assistance to the Central American nation.
The legislators, led by Reps. Norma Torres and Jim McGovern of California, said the Trump administration has turned a blind eye while Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has sought to end a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission working in his country.
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.
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More Central American migrants filtered from Mexico into the United States as U.S authorities continued to harden and repair sections of walls separating the two countries.
Brazil's new government sent military police to Ceara state following a wave of attacks on banks, public buildings and infrastructure.
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.
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.
The Latest: Central America leaders want probe of caravans
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the caravans of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico (all times local):
The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras are calling for an investigation to identify the organizers of a caravan of migrants who are nearing the Mexican capital on a journey they hope will take them to the United States.
The two countries have been under intense pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to clamp down on the caravans.
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 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.
UN anti-graft body in Guatemala says visas denied, revoked
ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — A U.N. commission investigating corruption in Guatemala said Tuesday that President Jimmy Morales' government has denied or revoked visas for about a dozen of its personnel including staffers probing the president, his relatives and the ruling party.
US asks Central America to do more on illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of three Central American countries on Thursday that the U.S. is ready to do more to help their economies if they make a greater effort to fight illegal immigration.
"If you do more, I'm here to say on behalf of the president of the United States and the American people, we'll do more," Pence said as he opened a conference at the State Department.
Guatemala again refuses to readmit UN graft investigator
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala's government reiterated Tuesday that it is refusing to readmit the head of a U.N. commission investigating corruption in the country, including one pending case against President Jimmy Morales.
Vice President Jafeth Cabrera said a legal filing had been presented with the Constitutional Court and "for the time being he will not be allowed to enter" Guatemala.
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Guatemalans marched to protest President Jimmy Morales' ending the work of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that has helped lead high-profile graft probes targeting dozens of powerful people, including one involving him.
Guatemalan protesters demand Morales reverse on graft body
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands marched Thursday to protest President Jimmy Morales' decision to end the work of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that has helped lead high-profile graft probes targeting dozens of powerful Guatemalans, including one involving Morales.
Guatemala govt bars anti-graft chief, defying court ruling
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The government on Monday defied a ruling by Guatemala's top court to allow the return of the man who heads a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission, with officials arguing they have the right to force his replacement.
Guatemala court backs UN ant-graft chief against president
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — In a blunt rebuke to President Jimmy Morales, Guatemala's Constitutional Court ordered that the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission be let back in the country two weeks after Morales barred him as he moved to defang the investigative body.
Guatemala court orders UN anti-graft chief be readmitted
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Constitutional Court ordered President Jimmy Morales late Sunday to allow the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission to return to Guatemala, dealing a blunt rebuke to the leader who has sought in recent weeks to defang the body and its work.
Guatemala’s president steps up security in visit to congress
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A visit to Guatemala's congress by President Jimmy Morales has been accompanied by a massive security deployment amid protests.
Thousands of police and at least 50 heavily-armed soldiers set a security cordon around the congress that greatly exceeded normal.
Guatemala Morales defends ending UN anti-graft commission
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — President Jimmy Morales on Thursday defended his decision to wind down a U.N. commission investigating graft in Guatemala, responding to domestic and international critics who called it a blow against efforts to strengthen rule of law and hold the corrupt accountable.
In an address in Guatemala City, Morales argued that the exit of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala next year will not jeopardize further investigations of corruption.