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Deaths, drownings and destruction as heavy rains move through Central America. 3 killed in Guatemala

Jun. 18, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Three men drowned in Guatemala when two of them tried to help another who had tried to cross an overflowing river, as heavy rains caused death and destruction across Central America, authorities said Tuesday. The three fatalities on Monday were the latest in a...

7 people die in events related to heavy rains in El Salvador

Jun. 18, 2024 03:24 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Seven people were killed Monday in separate events in El Salvador that authorities attributed to heavy rains that have persisted since the weekend. In Tacuba, near the country’s border with Guatemala, five people died after they were buried in...

Family of 6, including 3 children, killed in south Mexico, the latest in a string of family killings

Jun. 14, 2024 16:53 PM EDT

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A family of six, including three children, were killed Friday by gunmen in the southern Mexico border state of Chiapas in a town marred by militia violence. Julio Pérez, the mayor of the Chiapas town of Pantelho, said the killings happened there...

Thousands of displaced residents in southern Mexico fear returning to their homes after violence

Jun. 11, 2024 22:59 PM EDT

YAJALON, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of residents displaced by violence that intensified this week in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas remained fearful Tuesday of returning to their homes. Authorities have had to set up camps for more than 4,000 displaced people who fled the town...

Over 4,000 residents flee a town in southern Mexico after armed gangs start shooting, burn homes

Jun. 10, 2024 13:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged Monday that authorities have had to set up camps for displaced people after some 4,200 residents fled a town in the southern state of Chiapas. Residents of the town of Tila fled over the weekend after...

Guatemala lawyer who defended rural and Indigenous people killed in attack

Jun. 06, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan lawyer who worked closely with organizations representing farmworkers and Indigenous groups was killed in an apparent ambush, human rights organizations said Thursday. José Domingo was with two members of the United Farmworkers Committee when...

AP PHOTOS: Mexicans choose between continuity and change in election overshadowed by violence

May. 31, 2024 17:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — When Mexicans go to the polls on June 2, they will do so in an increasingly polarized country that continues to struggle with staggering levels of violence across large swathes of territory. Dozens of organized crime gangs now control towns, neighborhoods and...

Jailed Guatemalan journalist to AP: 'I can defend myself, because I am innocent'

May. 21, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — José Rubén Zamora has spent nearly two years locked in a dark 16- by 13-foot cell in a Guatemalan prison, allowed only one hour a day in the sunlight. The journalist’s money laundering conviction was tossed out, and last week a judge finally ordered his...

Wave of electoral violence in southern Mexico claims 14 lives in matter of days

May. 19, 2024 18:27 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Attacks on political candidates in Mexico's violence-torn southern state of Chiapas have left at least 14 people dead in recent days, local authorities and candidates said Sunday. The latest attack early Sunday targeted the car driving Nicolás Noriega, who...

Mexican and Guatemalan presidents meet at border to discuss migration, security and development

May. 17, 2024 14:40 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Guatemala President Bernardo Arévalo were meeting Friday in this Mexican border city to tackle issues of shared interest, foremost among them immigration. Arévalo, who took office earlier this year, noted...