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Prosecutors seek to lift Guatemala president's immunity

Aug. 10, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors and a United Nations-backed anti-graft commission sought for a third time Friday to have President Jimmy Morales' immunity of office lifted so they can investigate him for possible illicit electoral financing. Maria Consuelo Porras, chief prosecutor and head of...

Tearful reunions for 9 separated kids back in Guatemala

Aug. 7, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Nine Guatemalan child migrants who were taken from their parents at the U.S. border arrived home for tearful reunions Tuesday as the Trump administration tries to comply with a court order to return hundreds of separated minors to their families. "I want to see my mama," Leo Jeancarlo...

Guatemala ex-President Colom freed on bail amid graft probe

Aug. 4, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan ex-President Alvaro Colom has been freed on bail after spending nearly six months in jail under investigation for alleged corruption. Colom was granted conditional release after paying $133,000. The terms of his release stipulate that he may not leave the department of...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Aug. 3, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Some of Brazil's most popular musicians entertained tens of thousands at a concert held to back calls for the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula...

Guatemala ex-candidate asks forgiveness in Oderbrecht case

Aug. 2, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former Guatemalan presidential candidate jailed on corruption charges has published newspaper ads asking forgiveness from the Guatemalan people. Manuel Baldizon wrote in the ads published Thursday that "I humbly recognize that mistakes were made," and added, "I publicly offer...

Judge credits, faults administration on family reunification

Jul. 27, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge commended the Trump administration for reunifying families in its custody with their children after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, while faulting it for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place. U.S. District...

Administration: 1,820 children reunited after border split

Jul. 27, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially long wait for anguished families. The federal government was under a Thursday deadline to...

Exhausted and subdued, reunited families return to Guatemala

Jul. 12, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter's hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son. Quiet, confused...

Hugs and sobs: Families separated in US return to Guatemala

Jul. 11, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter's hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son. Quiet, confused...

DHS, Central American governments gather to talk migration

Jul. 11, 2018 1:45 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is creating an office within the department to help the governments of Central America and Mexico get information about reunifying families following their separation by the Trump administration. Nielsen met Tuesday in Guatemala with...