Sofia Menchu

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1 Nov 2018 | 6:17 PM

Drug cartels test Central America for cocaine production

GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Cocaine production is beginning to creep into Central America, a development which could bring the supply of the drug closer to the United States and create a new security risk for an already troubled region.

18 Oct 2018 | 9:05 PM

Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico

WASHINGTON/GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

27 Sep 2018 | 12:32 PM

Guatemala's former intelligence chief acquitted of human rights violations

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemala City court ruled on Wednesday that the crime of genocide had been perpetrated during the darkest hours of the country's long civil war, but acquitted a former military intelligence chief of the killings.

20 Sep 2018 | 11:18 AM

U.N. to send deputy to Guatemala as anti-graft leader remains banned

GUATEMALA CITY/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Wednesday that it would send an assistant director to lead its anti-graft mission in Guatemala as the group's chief remains banned from entering the country.

17 Sep 2018 | 11:19 AM

Guatemala court rules for return of chief of anti-graft body

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's constitutional court on Sunday made a provisional ruling by a unanimous vote to allow the chief of a United Nations-backed anti-graft body to return to the country, a judge told a news conference at the court.

13 Sep 2018 | 7:01 AM

Special forces presence at anti-graft protest angers Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala deployed members of the feared Kaibil special forces unit on Wednesday to stop protesters from interrupting a session of parliament, triggering anger among opposition leaders who say President Jimmy Morales is using the military to cow critics.

11 Sep 2018 | 6:49 AM

Guatemalans protest against pressure on anti-graft body

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Hundreds of peasant farmers and indigenous Maya blocked a major highway in Guatemala's western highlands on Monday, demanding that President Jimmy Morales reverse a policy aimed at forcing a U.N.-backed anti-graft unit to leave the country.

1 Sep 2018 | 5:49 AM

Guatemala not renewing mandate of U.N. anti-corruption body

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Friday his government has decided not to renew the mandate of a U.N.-backed anti-graft commission that helped bring down his predecessor and also tried to have Morales impeached.

11 Aug 2018 | 10:58 AM

Prosecutors again attempt to strip Guatemala's president of immunity

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's attorney general and the U.N.-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) moved on Friday to lift President Jimmy Morales' immunity so he can be investigated for alleged illicit campaign financing.

8 Aug 2018 | 11:27 AM

Guatemalan children reunited with deported parents after U.S. separation

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Nine Guatemalan children separated from their parents at the U.S. border under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy were flown home on Tuesday and reunited with their deported families, Guatemala's government said.