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Ragged, growing caravan of migrants resumes march toward US

Oct. 21, 2018 9:06 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico on Sunday heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border. They received help at every turn from sympathetic Mexicans who...

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US

Oct. 20, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and continue their trek northward toward the United States. Gathered at a...

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Oct. 18, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of...

The Latest: Mexican officials say activist resisted arrest

Oct. 18, 2018 10:41 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to advance toward the United States. (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Mexican immigration officials say activist Irineo Mujica, who has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, is accused of property damage and resisting arrest. A...

Guatemala lawmakers lower penalty for illicit campaign money

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that dramatically reduces prison sentences for electoral financing crimes, acting as President Jimmy Morales is under suspicion of receiving illicit campaign funds. The measure sailed through on a 93-18 vote on a day when many...

Trump warns of aid cut over migrant caravan now in Guatemala

Oct. 16, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to three Central American nations if they let people travel to the U.S. illegally, reacting to a caravan of some 2,000 migrants advancing through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Late Tuesday, Trump said...

UN anti-graft body in Guatemala says visas denied, revoked

Oct. 16, 2018 7:45 PM EDT

ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — A U.N. commission investigating corruption in Guatemala said Tuesday that President Jimmy Morales' government has denied or revoked visas for about a dozen of its personnel including staffers probing the president, his relatives and the ruling party. The announcement came the...

Former Guatemala vice president sentenced in corruption case

Oct. 9, 2018 9:21 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Tuesday for involvement in a fraudulent state contract to decontaminate a major lake. Prosecutors backed by a U.N. anti-corruption commission accused Baldetti and 12 other people of...

Former Guatemala vice president sentenced to prison in corruption case

Oct. 9, 2018 7:51 AM EDT
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemala vice president sentenced to prison in corruption case.

Guatemalan human rights activist shot to death, 21st in 2018

Sep. 23, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Guatemala say another indigenous rights activist has been killed in the Central American nation. Human rights prosecutor Jordan Rodas said Sunday that Juana Ramirez Santiago was shot to death Friday. She is the 21st human rights activist to be slain this year in...