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.
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 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...
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 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 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...
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.
Guatemala court to consider anti-graft investigator’s ban
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Constitutional Court agreed Wednesday to consider four appeals seeking to reverse the government of President Jimmy Morales' decision to bar from Guatemala the head of a U.N.-backed commission investigating corruption in the country.
The court gave the president and other government bodies 48 hours to report on the reasons for the decision regarding Ivan Velasquez, head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG for its initials in Spanish.
UN anti-graft investigator barred from re-entering Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of a U.N.-backed commission probing corruption in Guatemala was barred from re-entering the country Tuesday, further defanging the investigative body days after President Jimmy Morales announced he would not renew its mandate.
The Latest: Guatemalans to protest end of anti-graft body
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the end of a mandate for a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission in Guatemala (all times local):
Guatemalans are expected to take to a main square in protest against a decision by President Jimmy Morales to shut down the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes.
Guatemala president nixes renewal for UN anti-graft body
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Friday that he is shutting down a crusading U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes, including one pending against the president himself over purported illicit campaign financing.
The Latest: Guatemala military surrounds HQ of UN commission
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Guatemala's expulsion of the U.N.-sponsored commission investigating corruption (all times local):
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales says he is not renewing the mandate of a U.N.-sponsored commission that has pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes in the country, including against him.
Mexico’s president-elect and Guatemala’s president meet
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales say they plan to work together to develop their respective economies and reduce the need for their citizens to migrate.
Lopez Obrador will not take office until Dec. 1, but he gave a joint press conference with Morales Tuesday in Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Louisiana senator part of delegation to Guatemala, Mexico
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was part of a recent congressional trip to Guatemala and Mexico that the Louisiana Republican said involved discussions of border security, drug trafficking and trade.
Back in the United States on Tuesday, Cassidy said the group met with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and members of his cabinet and visited U.S. Marines working on a humanitarian mission in the country.
Prosecutors seek to lift Guatemala president’s immunity
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors and a United Nations-backed anti-graft commission sought for a third time Friday to have President Jimmy Morales' immunity of office lifted so they can investigate him for possible illicit electoral financing.
Maria Consuelo Porras, chief prosecutor and head of the Public Ministry, said the request was in relation to Morales' time as secretary-general of his political party, before his election in 2016.