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5th migrant child dies after detention by US border agents

May. 20, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A 16-year-old Guatemala migrant who died Monday in U.S. custody had been held by immigration authorities for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred him to another holding facility even after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager,...

Official: Guatemalan girl died in fall in Mexican custody

May. 17, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top human rights official said Friday that a 10-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in custody fell from a bunk. Immigration officials originally said Thursday that she arrived at a Mexico City detention center complaining that her throat hurt. Interior undersecretary for human...

4th death of migrant child since December raises new alarms

May. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates raised new alarms Thursday about the U.S. government's treatment of migrant families after a 2½-year-old Guatemalan child became the fourth minor known to have died after being detained by border agents since December. "The death of a single child in custody of our government...

Court ruling puts Guatemala vote, anti-graft fight in doubt

May. 16, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption. The rejection of Thelma Aldana's...

Guatemalan court rejects candidacy of ex-prosecutor Aldana

May. 15, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Constitutional Court has ruled against the presidential candidacy of former top prosecutor Thelma Aldana, a court official said Wednesday. Aldana is known as an anti-corruption crusader whose prosecutions sent then-President Otto Pérez Molina and others to prison. The...

Official: Guatemala's top court has denied the presidential candidacy of former top prosecutor Thelma Aldana

May. 15, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Official: Guatemala's top court has denied the presidential candidacy of former top prosecutor Thelma Aldana.

Guatemala court rules out run by ex-dictator's daugher

May. 13, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Constitutional Court says the daughter of former dictator José Efraín Rios Montt cannot run for president in the country's June election. The court's decision on Zury Rios Sosa's candidacy Monday was confirmed by court secretary Martin Guzmán. In February,...

US won't answer new questions about migrant teen's death

May. 9, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Juan de León Gutiérrez told his mother he was calling from a warehouse in Mexico, hidden by a human smuggler who had been paid to take the teenager into the United States. "He told me he had something of a headache, perhaps because he was hungry and had not been able to sleep,"...

Guatemala probes judge who ordered candidate's arrest

May. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened an investigation into a Supreme Court judge who ordered the detention of former chief prosecutor and presidential candidate Thelma Aldana, who gained international renown for pressing high-profile graft cases against Guatemala's wealthy and...

7 dead, 10 wounded in Guatemala prison riot shooting

May. 7, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) — Gunfire during a riot in a Guatemala prison Tuesday left at least seven inmates dead and 10 wounded, authorities said. National Civil Police said the dead were all prisoners at the Pavon Rehabilitation Model Farm in the municipality of Fraijanes, about 10 miles (17 kilometers)...