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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Oct. 11, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Anti-government protests convulsed Ecuador, with indigenous groups, union activists and others blocking roads and clashing with police after...

Guatemala congress to review anti-corruption body's work

Sep. 24, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's congress has created a committee to review, and potentially reverse, work done by a U.N.-backed anti-corruption mission during the past 12 years. The committee approved Tuesday would have the power to evaluate information from anyone affected by the International...

Guatemala bids goodbye to UN anti-graft body as it wraps up

Sep. 3, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said goodbye Tuesday to a U.N. commission that has helped investigate and prosecute hundreds of corrupt politicians, public officials and businesspeople over the last 12 years. The commission, known as CICIG for its initials in Spanish, ceased its operations after President...

Guatemala arrests ex-1st lady, presidential runner-up Torres

Sep. 2, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan first lady and presidential runner-up Sandra Torres was arrested Monday on charges of campaign finance violations, the latest high-profile political figure to face allegations of malfeasance even as a U.N. anti-graft commission is set to shut down. Investigators...

As UN body wraps up in Guatemala, fears for anti-graft fight

Sep. 2, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — For over a decade, the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala brought the Central American nation hope that corruption could be fought. Now, as the end of its mandate nears, many fear a setback in the fight against impunity. The U.N. commission known as...

Guatemalan authorities arrest ex-first lady, losing presidential candidate Sandra Torres on campaign violation charges

Sep. 2, 2019 11:12 AM EDT
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities arrest ex-first lady, losing presidential candidate Sandra Torres on campaign violation charges.

AP Interview: Guatemala graft body's chief happy despite end

Aug. 31, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Although he did not head the anti-corruption mission in Guatemala starting with its creation in 2007, Iván Velásquez became known internationally about a half decade ago due to the high-impact cases he was able to uncover during his leadership. The Colombian lawyer took...

In final report, UN body says Guatemala 'captured' by graft

Aug. 28, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A U.N. commission that spent the last 12 years probing graft in Guatemala described the country as "captured" by corruption in its final report Wednesday, days before it is set to wrap up operations after President Jimmy Morales refused to renew its mandate. The commission, known as...

Guatemala certifies result of Aug. 11 presidential vote

Aug. 22, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal made it official Thursday: Alejandro Giammattei will be the country's next president. Tribunal president Julio Solórzano said at a news conference that the results of the Aug. 11 runoff have been certified giving Giammattei the victory. The...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...