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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus arrives at Constitution square for the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Guatemala and Central America are celebrating 199 years of independence from Spain. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan president tests positive for new coronavirus

Sep. 18, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but he told a local radio station he feels well. However, in a televised address to the nation, Giammattei looked a bit out of breath. “My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I...

A woman wearing a protective face makes her way home with bagfuls of aid, in San Jose Calderas, Guatemala, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The government’s migrant support agency Conamigua, delivered bags of food and household items to the community of people who have been deported from the United States affected by COVID-19. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala to reopen borders next week after 6 months

Sep. 10, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala plans to reopen its borders next week, six months after closing them in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A government notice published Thursday in the official register said that with some limitations and requirements to follow health guidelines, the...

This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Nana approaching Belize, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The storm is expected to strengthen throughout the day and make landfall in Belize as a hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Nana hits Belize, then dissipates over Guatemala

Sep. 3, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Belize (AP) — Hurricane Nana made landfall in Belize, pelting a relatively sparsely populated stretch of the country's coast with heavy rain and wind, before weakening while pushing across Guatemala and dissipating late Thursday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Nana hit land...

Gang members release guards from Guatemala prison

Sep. 1, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ten guards taken hostage by gang members in a Guatemala prison were released early Tuesday after hours of captivity and negotiations with police. Imprisoned members of the Barrio 18 gang had seized the guards Monday in retaliation for the transfer of some of their leaders to another...

Inmates take 10 guards hostage at Guatemalan prison

Aug. 31, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Imprisoned Guatemalan gang members took 10 guards hostage Monday after prison system authorities moved some gang leaders to another lockup. Interior Minister Olivero García Rodas dismissed gang demands that the Barrio 18 gang leaders be returned for the guards to be released at...

Guatemala says 8 minors of 60 deported were COVID-positive

Aug. 25, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that eight minors out of 60 on a deportation flight from the United States tested positive for COVID-19 after their arrival. The ministry said Tuesday the teenagers were placed with child welfare authorities for treatment or...

US deports 127 recovered coronavirus detainees to Guatemala

Aug. 19, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government said Wednesday that the Unites States has deported 127 detained migrants who had suffered from COVID-19 but recovered. Previous U.S. deportation flights were criticized for deporting people with apparently active cases of the disease to Central America. But...

Frenchman who aided Mayan farmers killed in Guatemala

Aug. 12, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) — A French aid worker was shot to death on a rural highway in Guatemala, where he had led agricultural projects for indigenous Mayan communities for 20 years. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the killing of Benoit Pierre Amadee Maria, who represented Agronomists and...

Funeral home worker Manuel Castro, wearing a full protective gear to protect himself from the spread of the new coronavirus, waits to enter La Verbena cemetery in Guatemala City, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala burying dozens of unidentified COVID-19 dead

Jul. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan hospitals say they have had to bury dozens of COVID-19 victims who have never been identified, and one hospital is creating archives in hopes that once the pandemic passes, their relatives will come looking for them. Workers at one of the country’s largest public...