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The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martnelli Linares, center left, and his brother Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, center right, are accompanied by their lawyers before a hearing at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Monday, July 6, 2020. Guatemalan police detained the Martinelli brothers on an Interpol warrant for money laundering, as they attempted to board a private plane out of the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

2 sons of ex-Panama leader Martinelli arrested in Guatemala

Jul. 6, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli were arrested Monday in Guatemala as they tried to board a private plane out of the country. Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli were supposedly headed to Panama with stops scheduled in El Salvador and Nicaragua, said...

6 Guatemalans deported from US test positive for COVID-19

Jun. 23, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — At least six Guatemalans deported from the United States on June 9 tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official in Guatemala’s Health Ministry. The flight was the first after a month-long suspension imposed by Guatemala after 186 migrants deported from the United...

Commuters wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus line up to board a bus at a bus terminal in Beijing, Monday, June 22, 2020. A Beijing government spokesperson said the city has contained the momentum of a recent coronavirus outbreak that has infected a few hundreds of people, after the number of daily new cases fell to single digits. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 22 newly confirmed cases of virus

Jun. 22, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported 22 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing, a day after a city government spokesperson said containment measures had slowed the momentum of an outbreak in the capital that has infected more than 200 people. Another nine cases were brought by Chinese...

A sign of temporarily closure is displayed in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea has biggest daily rise in 3 weeks

Jun. 19, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported its largest 24-hour increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections. Officials said Saturday that the 67 additional cases raise the country’s total to 12,373, with 280 deaths. The 67 cases is the...

A firefighter wearing gear to protect against the coronavirus disinfects an ambulance outside the COVID-19 unit at San Juan de Dios hospital in Guatemala City, Monday, June 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

US deportation flights to Guatemala resume

Jun. 9, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States resumed deportation flights to Guatemala Tuesday, nearly a month after the Central American country refused to accept them. A flight from Alexandria, Louisiana landed in the Guatemalan capital Tuesday afternoon. The plane carried 40 adults and 10 children. At least...

4 arrested in slaying of Mayan spiritual guide in Guatemala

Jun. 9, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a well-known Mayan spiritual guide and natural medicine expert, Guatemala’s National Civilian Police said Tuesday. Authorities said the suspects went to the home of the victim, Domingo Choc Ché, on Saturday...

Mayan medicine expert killed in Guatemala

Jun. 8, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan man shown running while on fire in video circulating via social media was a well-known Mayan spitirtual guide and natural medicine expert who was tortured and killed, accused of witchcraft by his attackers, authorities said Monday. On Saturday night, a group of men went...

The swollen Los Esclavos River flows violently under a bridge during tropical storm Amanda in Cuilapa, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in the flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Season's 1st tropical storm drenches part of Central America

May. 31, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. President Nayib Bukele decreed a 15-day state of emergency to deal with the rains that began...

More than 200 COVID-19 infections at Guatemala textile plant

May. 25, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — More than 200 workers at an export-focused textile plant in Guatemala have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and more results are pending in what could be one of the country's largest outbreaks, officials said Monday. Zulma Calderon, the health prosecutor for Guatemala's Human...

A woman crosses an street that's empty due to a tight lockdown in Guatemala City, early Friday, May 15, 2020. The government decreed a three-day, nationwide lockdown starting Friday to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala president fumes over infected deportees from US

May. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's president questioned his country's relationship with the United States, revealing frustration over the U.S. continuing to send deportees infected with COVID-19 to a country struggling to manage the crisis. “This of allies with the United States isn't true,”...