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19 Jun 2019 | 6:58 AM

Guatemala says it has not pledged to accept U.S.-bound asylum seekers

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala has not yet committed to becoming a "safe third country" for U.S.-bound migrants seeking asylum, but is analysing with the United States how to contain flows of people from Central America, the Interior Minister said on Tuesday.

17 Jun 2019 | 2:17 PM

Guatemala election headed for runoff, former first lady Torres leads

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's presidential election appeared to be headed for a runoff as partial results on Monday gave centre-left candidate Sandra Torres an early lead but far short of the majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival.

16 Jun 2019 | 6:41 PM

Former first lady Torres takes lead in Guatemala election

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Centre-left candidate Sandra Torres took an early lead in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday but was well short of an outright majority and will likely face a major test from a conservative challenger in a run-off.

15 Jun 2019 | 5:38 AM

U.S. plan to make Guatemala take asylum seekers called ludicrous by rights group

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A U.S. plan to make asylum seekers from Honduras and El Salvador seek refuge in Guatemala instead of the United States would endanger, not protect, refugees, a prominent rights group said on Friday as U.S. negotiators met Guatemalan officials.

14 Jun 2019 | 12:10 PM

Drug cartels' ties to politics in spotlight as Guatemala votes

NUEVA CONCEPCION, Guatemala (Reuters) - The mayor of Nueva Concepcion, a town on the Pacific coast of Guatemala, stands accused by prosecutors of drug trafficking and money laundering for Mexican cartels that use the coastal route to transport cocaine to the United States.

8 May 2019 | 5:33 AM

At least seven killed, 17 injured in shooting at Guatemala prison

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 17 injured after shooting broke out at a prison near Guatemala City on Tuesday, according to officials, who said that authorities have regained control at the prison.

18 Apr 2019 | 8:11 AM

Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested in Miami on Wednesday and charged with an elaborate plot to use drug cartel money to win the election and assassinate rivals, according to U.S. officials, two months before voters head to the polls.

12 Apr 2019 | 10:24 AM

Guatemala's anti-graft candidate slams brief detention in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA/GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan presidential hopeful known for taking on high-profile corruption cases as attorney general said on Thursday she was detained at an airport in Honduras before abruptly leaving the country shortly afterward.

28 Mar 2019 | 5:56 AM

Guatemala amnesty would free war criminals, soldiers who held women as sex slaves

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Starting in 1982, during one of the darkest moments of Guatemala’s civil war, at least 11 Mayan Q’eqchi indigenous women were kidnapped, enslaved and raped over a period of six years at an army camp in the jungle.

20 Mar 2019 | 8:31 AM

Guatemalan judge issues arrest order for ex-attorney general

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan judge has issued an arrest order for former attorney general Thelma Aldana on charges including embezzlement, the police said on Tuesday, amid an escalating campaign against people and institutions involved in high-profile corruption and rights cases.