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At least 9 dead in stampede at concert in Guatemala

Sep. 15, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — At least nine people died and some 20 were injured in a stampede in Guatemala early Thursday as the country celebrated its independence, according to firefighters. The concert was sponsored by a beer maker and held on a field often used for such events. While...

Guatemala follows money in migrant smuggling investigations

Aug. 23, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Guatemalan investigators raided the home of the alleged leader of a migrant smuggling ring in mountains near the Mexican border, they found some $51,000 in coins, nearly 100 slot machines and late-model vehicles purchased with cash. They arrested David...

Another anti-graft figure leaves top post in Guatemala

Aug. 18, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One of the last remaining official pillars of Guatemala's effort to root out corruption leaves his post this week, following the ouster or departure of a series of other anti-graft campaigners who had shaken the Central American nation's governing class. ...

Guatemalans march in protest of corruption, cost of living

Aug. 11, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Guatemalans set out from various points of the capital Thursday to protest alleged corruption by a deeply unpopular government, the high cost of living and attacks on freedom of expression. University students, faculty and other employees marched...

Guatemalan journalist calls charges against him a 'set-up'

Aug. 03, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prominent Guatemalan journalist’s initial hearing before a judge was suspended Wednesday when the judge announced that the defendant’s lawyers were also targets of the government’s investigation. Following the hearing, José Rubén Zamora, president of...

Guatemalan journalist known for investigations still jailed

Aug. 01, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prize-winning Guatemalan journalist jailed on alleged money laundering charges that government critics have denounced as a pressure tactic has faced consequences for his work before. In 2003, government agents searched José Rubén Zamora Marroquin’s home...

1 wounded in attack on army guarding Guatemala president

Jul. 30, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One man was wounded Saturday after gunmen opened fire on soldiers at a checkpoint providing area security for a visit by Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to a town near the Mexican border. Rubén Téllez, a spokesman for the Guatemalan army, said...

Arrest of prominent Guatemalan journalist draws condemnation

Jul. 30, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A prominent Guatemalan newspaper editor who has overseen investigations into corruption has been arrested, prompting denunciations Saturday by politicians, anticorruption activists and civic groups. Prosecution agents arrested José Ruben Zamora Marroquín at...

Guatemala's president visits Ukraine, expresses solidarity

Jul. 25, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei visited Ukraine on Monday and expressed his solidarity with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Giammattei met with Zelenskyy in the capital, Kyiv, becoming the first Latin American president to make the trip. ...

US publishes list of alleged bad actors in Central America

Jul. 20, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department has named 60 current and former officials, as well as some corporate figures, in its latest list of people suspected of corruption or undermining democracy in four Central American countries. This year’s list especially focused on...