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Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

Dec. 15, 2018 12:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the...

Official from Guatemalan foreign ministry identifies 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody as Jackeline Caal

Dec. 14, 2018 10:35 AM EST
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Official from Guatemalan foreign ministry identifies 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody as Jackeline Caal.

Tijuana declares 'humanitarian crisis,' seeks help from UN

Nov. 24, 2018 7:02 AM EST

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The mayor of Tijuana has declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city and said Friday he was asking the United Nations for aid to deal with the approximately 5,000 Central American migrants, most of whom were camped out inside a sports complex. The comments by Mayor Juan Manuel...

Guatemalan ex-soldier gets 5,130 years for 1982 massacre

Nov. 21, 2018 6:40 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court has sentenced an ex-soldier deported from the United States to 5,130 years for the 1982 massacre of 171 villagers. The maximum anyone can be forced to serve in Guatemala is 50 years. Santos Lopez Alonzo is accused of belonging to an elite squad known as the...

Communities flee eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

Nov. 19, 2018 9:19 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala's Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Guatemala's volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300-foot (3,763-meter)...

Authorities call for evacuations around Volcano of Fire in Guatemala after a warning of increasing eruption

Nov. 19, 2018 1:18 AM EST
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Authorities call for evacuations around Volcano of Fire in Guatemala after a warning of increasing eruption.

Hundreds of migrants leave Mexico City headed for border

Nov. 9, 2018 9:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 900 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one more day at a massive improvised shelter. The group that got a head start bundled their few...

Migrant caravan demands transport as 2nd group enters Mexico

Oct. 30, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

NILTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — More than 1,000 people in a second migrant caravan that forged its way across the river from Guatemala began walking through southern Mexico on Tuesday and reached the city of Tapachula — some 250 miles behind a larger group and more than 1,000 miles from the closest U.S....

Guatemala lawmakers propose jail for some political speech

Oct. 30, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Five lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would punish with prison time certain kinds of speech criticizing elected officials and candidates in Guatemala, prompting charges that it would violate constitutional measures guaranteeing freedom of expression. The initiative...

2nd group of migrants enters Mexico as main caravan resumes

Oct. 29, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Central Americans following in the footsteps of a thousands-strong migrant caravan making its way toward the U.S. border crossed a river from Guatemala into Mexico on Monday, defying a heavy Federal Police presence deployed to patrol that country's southern...