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Death toll in Guyana girls dorm fire rises to 20 when 14-year-old dies in hospital

May. 30, 2023 15:54 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The death toll in a girl’s dormitory fire in Guyana rose to 20 on Tuesday when a 14-year-old girl died of her injuries at a hospital in Georgetown, the country’s health ministry said. Sherena Daniels had been in intensive care at the state-run hospital...

Teenage girl in Guyana charged as adult with 19 counts of murder in dormitory fire

May. 29, 2023 14:09 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A teenage student who police in Guyana accuse of deliberately setting a fire in a girl's dormitory that killed 18 schoolmates and a five-year-old boy was charged Monday as an adult with 19 counts of murder. The 15-year-old girl appeared virtually at the...

Flying drones and chasing data, Indigenous women in Guyana join fight against climate change

May. 25, 2023 00:22 AM EDT

RUBY VILLAGE, Guyana (AP) — A small group of Indigenous women in northern Guyana are the latest weapon in the fight against climate change in this South American country where 90% of the population lives below sea level. Armed with drones, the women are scanning mangrove forests...

Prosecutors in Guyana mull charges for teen suspect in deadly blaze at girl's dorm

May. 24, 2023 10:37 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Police in Guyana conferred Wednesday with prosecutors on what charges to bring against the main teenage suspect in this week’s fire that destroyed a girl’s dormitory at a school, killing 18 students and a young boy. Investigators believe that a...

Guyana girls dorm fire that killed 19 was deliberately set by student, official says

May. 23, 2023 16:16 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Investigators in Guyana believe a fire that killed 19 mostly girls trapped in a school dormitory was deliberately set by a student who was upset that her mobile phone was confiscated, a top official said Tuesday. The suspect in the fire late Sunday, who is...

Fire razes Guyana dormitory, killing at least 19 children, mainly Indigenous girls

May. 22, 2023 21:11 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — An overnight fire raced through a dormitory in Guyana, killing at least 19 students who were trapped and injuring several others at a government boarding school as authorities probe whether it was intentionally set. All but one of the victims were Indigenous girls,...

Guyana's government says at least 20 students have died in a fire in a school dormitory

May. 22, 2023 06:29 AM EDT
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's government says at least 20 students have died in a fire in a school dormitory.

ExxonMobil appeals ruling by Guyanese court in oil spill insurance coverage

May. 19, 2023 18:46 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — American oil giant ExxonMobil said Friday it had appealed a recent Guyanese court ruling requiring it to obtain insurance for “unlimited liability” in the event of a major oil spill off the coast of Guyana. The company said in a statement that the...

Tiny Amerindian village in Guyana fights gold mine in key court battle over indigenous land rights

May. 17, 2023 13:57 PM EDT

CHINESE LANDING, Guyana (AP) — One of Guyana’s smallest Amerindian villages is waging a monumental battle that could decide the amount of control that thousands of indigenous people have over their land in remote parts of this South American country. The village of 225 residents...

Oil boom transforms Guyana, prompting a scramble for spoils

May. 05, 2023 15:56 PM EDT

ANN’S GROVE, Guyana (AP) — Villagers in this tiny coastal community lined up on the soggy grass, leaned into the microphone and shared their grievances as someone in the crowd yelled, “Speak the truth!” And so they did. One by one, speakers listed what they wanted: a...