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5 to stand trial in Guatemala shelter fire that killed 41

Feb. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled that five current and former Guatemalan officials should stand trial over a blaze that killed 41 girls at a state-run home for troubled youth. The order said they bear potential responsibility since they represented institutions responsible for protecting...

Court clears way for Guatemalan dictator's daughter to run

Feb. 13, 2019 9:10 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Court has provisionally cleared the way for the daughter of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt to run for president in the country's June elections. Court spokesman Mario Siecavizza said Wednesday the decision allowing Zury Rios Sosa to run for the conservative Valor...

Guatemala presidential candidate targeted over financing

Feb. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala sought Wednesday to have presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova's immunity from prosecution withdrawn over a case of millions in alleged illicit campaign financing four years ago. Juan Francisco Sandoval, head of the anti-impunity prosecutors' office,...

Ex-chief prosecutor to run for president in Guatemala

Jan. 29, 2019 11:51 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former chief prosecutor lauded for efforts to root out high-level corruption plans to compete for Guatemala's presidency. Samuel Perez is secretary general of the recently formed Seed Movement party and he announced Thelma Aldana's candidacy overnight. The party will work with...

Pope visit to CentAm highlights church ministry to migrants

Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The...

UN anti-corruption body in Guatemala says work lit backlash

Jan. 11, 2019 7:06 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The head of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says power structures that co-opt the government and refuse to give up their privileges are responsible for trying to block the body's work. In a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Ivan Velasquez says the...

Guatemala court blocks president's expulsion of UN team

Jan. 9, 2019 9:56 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court issued a ruling Wednesday blocking President Jimmy Morales' decision to unilaterally end a U.N. anti-corruption commission. The commission, known by its Spanish initials as CICIG, has angered Morales by investigating him, his sons and his brother on...

Historic Guatemalan anti-corruption battle endangered

Jan. 8, 2019 4:58 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A decade-long, U.N.-assisted anti-corruption effort that brought down a president faced extinction after the Guatemalan government ended the agreement, drawing condemnation Tuesday from transparency and rights groups. The U.N. anti-corruption commission, known by its initials as the...

Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members

Jan. 8, 2019 12:04 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala said it was withdrawing from a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission and giving its prosecutors a day to leave the country, as President Jimmy Morales moved to expel a body that has investigated him, his family and top government officials. Accusing the commission...

Guatemala to withdraw from UN anti-corruption commission

Jan. 7, 2019 7:45 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala announced Monday it was pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and people close to President Jimmy Morales. Foreign Minister...