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Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus arrives at Constitution square for the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Guatemala and Central America are celebrating 199 years of independence from Spain. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan president tests positive for new coronavirus

Sep. 18, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but he told a local radio station he feels well. However, in a televised address to the nation, Giammattei looked a bit out of breath. “My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I...

A woman wearing a protective face makes her way home with bagfuls of aid, in San Jose Calderas, Guatemala, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The government’s migrant support agency Conamigua, delivered bags of food and household items to the community of people who have been deported from the United States affected by COVID-19. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala to reopen borders next week after 6 months

Sep. 10, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala plans to reopen its borders next week, six months after closing them in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A government notice published Thursday in the official register said that with some limitations and requirements to follow health guidelines, the...

This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Nana approaching Belize, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The storm is expected to strengthen throughout the day and make landfall in Belize as a hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Nana hits Belize, then dissipates over Guatemala

Sep. 3, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Belize (AP) — Hurricane Nana made landfall in Belize, pelting a relatively sparsely populated stretch of the country's coast with heavy rain and wind, before weakening while pushing across Guatemala and dissipating late Thursday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported that Nana hit land...

Gang members release guards from Guatemala prison

Sep. 1, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ten guards taken hostage by gang members in a Guatemala prison were released early Tuesday after hours of captivity and negotiations with police. Imprisoned members of the Barrio 18 gang had seized the guards Monday in retaliation for the transfer of some of their leaders to another...

Inmates take 10 guards hostage at Guatemalan prison

Aug. 31, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Imprisoned Guatemalan gang members took 10 guards hostage Monday after prison system authorities moved some gang leaders to another lockup. Interior Minister Olivero García Rodas dismissed gang demands that the Barrio 18 gang leaders be returned for the guards to be released at...

A flower crown vendor waits in her boat for revelers passing in colorfully painted wooden boats known as trajineras at the Nuevo Nativitas dock, as it opens once again to tourists and revelers amidst the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic, the Xochimilco borough of Mexico City, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Though traffic was light on the first day back after being closed for several months, gondoliers, handicraft sellers, and food and drink vendors said they were happy to be back at work and to have the chance to earn some money. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Pandemic's effect on remittances to Latin America varied

Aug. 31, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the COVID-19 pandemic froze the United States economy, not all Latin American immigrants living there were affected equally, a look at the money they sent back to their birthplaces reveals. While remittances for the first six months of 2020 were lower than the same period in 2019 for...

Guatemala says 8 minors of 60 deported were COVID-positive

Aug. 25, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that eight minors out of 60 on a deportation flight from the United States tested positive for COVID-19 after their arrival. The ministry said Tuesday the teenagers were placed with child welfare authorities for treatment or...

US deports 127 recovered coronavirus detainees to Guatemala

Aug. 19, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government said Wednesday that the Unites States has deported 127 detained migrants who had suffered from COVID-19 but recovered. Previous U.S. deportation flights were criticized for deporting people with apparently active cases of the disease to Central America. But...

Frenchman who aided Mayan farmers killed in Guatemala

Aug. 12, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) — A French aid worker was shot to death on a rural highway in Guatemala, where he had led agricultural projects for indigenous Mayan communities for 20 years. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the killing of Benoit Pierre Amadee Maria, who represented Agronomists and...