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US flies 3 Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala

Dec. 3, 2019 2:50 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Three Central Americans who arrived in the United States intending to seek asylum were sent to Guatemala on Tuesday under a July agreement between the two countries making Guatemala a so-called safe third country. Guatemala’s migration agency confirmed the arrivals of the two...

Face of Guatemala’s anti-corruption fight faces threats

Nov. 25, 2019 1:15 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Erika Lorena Aifán is used to threats after more than a decade as a judge in Guatemala, but she says the tone has intensified in recent months, such as the text message to her cellphone saying that she and her family “should be dead.” The woman who has become one of...

1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord

Nov. 21, 2019 4:15 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the Honduran man had reached...

Guatemala congress cuts sentences for corruption convictions

Nov. 12, 2019 10:14 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan legislators have voted to reduce the possible jail terms for acts of corruption by as much as 50% for those who confess to their acts. The country's unicameral congress voted by a slim majority Tuesday to approve the changes. Guatemala has been in the grip of a corruption...

Ex-Guatemala army officer arrested on genocide charges

Oct. 25, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former Guatemalan army operations chief has been arrested on charges of genocide for actions between 1978 and 1982 during the country's civil war. The detention of César Octavio Noguera Argueta's arrest was announced Friday by the Association for Justice and Reconciliation...

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...