Sofia Menchu

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16 Apr 2018 | 12:31 PM

Guatemala votes to ask UN court to resolve Belize border spat

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalans on Sunday voted to ask the top United Nations court to resolve its claim that it owns half the territory of its neighbour Belize, a dispute that dates back to Spanish and British colonial rule of the region.

2 Apr 2018 | 9:20 AM

Ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt dies, leaving bitter legacy

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt died at the age of 91 on Sunday, a bitterly divisive figure in the country's long civil war who escaped a 2013 genocide conviction only to face renewed charges last year.

2 Apr 2018 | 3:56 AM

Ex-Guatemala dictator Rios Montt, plagued by genocide charges, dies

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrain Rios Montt, hounded by charges of genocide for decades, died on Sunday aged 91, leaving bitter memories of his bloody stewardship of the Central American nation during its civil war.

13 Feb 2018 | 11:12 PM

Guatemala arrests ex-president, Oxfam chairman in graft probe

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and a former finance minister who is now chairman of Oxfam International were arrested on Tuesday as part of a local corruption investigation, the public prosecutor's office said.

12 Oct 2017 | 10:17 AM

Guatemala Supreme Court will not probe president's salary bonus

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would not investigate the country's president for receiving a salary bonus that made him one of Latin America's best-paid leaders.

12 Oct 2017 | 4:07 AM

Genocide trial against ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt to restart

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will face a second trial on Friday for genocide, a lawyer for victims said, reviving a case against the strongman accused of ordering massacres of Maya Indians during a long civil war.

6 Oct 2017 | 10:58 AM

Guatemala prosecutors target ex-president for alleged corruption

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's attorney general and a U.N. anti-graft body accused the mayor of Guatemala City, Alvaro Arzu, of corruption on Thursday, adding him to a long list of influential politicians under investigation for suspected wrongdoing.

2 Sep 2017 | 5:12 AM

How love turned to hate in Guatemala's anti-graft battle

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales launched a vendetta against the head of a U.N. anti-corruption body who helped him win power after the veteran prosecutor began to investigate his family last year, according to former and current officials.

1 Sep 2017 | 10:35 AM

Guatemala political crisis may affect growth - central bank

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan economic growth may slow if a political crisis sparked by a dispute between President Jimmy Morales and the head of a U.N. anti-corruption body persists, the head of the central bank said on Thursday.

30 Aug 2017 | 9:30 AM

Guatemala top court sides with U.N. graft unit in fight with president

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's top court on Tuesday ruled definitively against President Jimmy Morales' internationally criticized push to expel the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption unit probing his campaign financing.