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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, a resident walking through a flooded street looks back at storm damage caused by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras. Flooded out Honduran and Guatemalan families stranded on rooftops in the most marginalized neighborhoods after the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota portend a new wave of migration, observers across the region say. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez, File)

Punishing hurricanes to spur more Central American migration

Nov. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding. The...

Debris lays in front of graffiti that reads in Spanish

Guatemala condemns fire at Congress; 12 injured in protests

Nov. 22, 2020 5:47 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s government called fires set by protesters at Congress “terrorist acts” while the Inter-American Human Rights Commission on Sunday condemned what it called an “excessive use of force” by police against demonstrators opposed to a new budget...

Riot police form a cordon as flames shoot out from the Congress building after protesters set a part of the building on fire, in Guatemala City, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Hundreds of protesters were protesting in various parts of the country Saturday against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of Congress for the approval of the 2021 budget that reduced funds for education, health and the fight for human rights. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros)

Protesters torch Guatemala's Congress building amid unrest

Nov. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's Congress and burned part of the building Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending. The incident came as...

An aerial view of the massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, northern Guatemala, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The government said Tuesday it had suspended search efforts in Queja, buried on Oct. 5 by a landslide triggered by heavy and constant rain dumped by Tropical Storm Eta. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala calls off search at site of massive landslide

Nov. 10, 2020 2:33 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government on Tuesday called off the search for victims of a massive landslide set off by the rains of Hurricane Eta that was believed to have entombed more than 100 people. Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Coordinator said it was suspending the search for...

A member of a search and rescue team looks for survivors through the destruction caused by a massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. (Esteban Biba/Pool Photo via AP)

Guatemala landslide could be final resting place for many

Nov. 9, 2020 10:47 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Days after a landslide buried half the community of Queja in central Guatemala, rescuers have recovered only a handful of the more than 100 people believed to be buried there. The location is so remote and the conditions so perilous that Queja could become the latest in a string of...

A barefooted woman makes her way around debris brought on by a landslide on a road blocking traffic, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta, in Purulha, northern Guatemala Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. As the remnants of Eta moved back over Caribbean waters, governments in Central America worked to tally the displaced and dead, and recover bodies from landslides and flooding that claimed dozens of lives from Guatemala to Panama. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala digs through landslide where 100 believed buried

Nov. 6, 2020 10:20 PM EST

PURULHA, Guatemala (AP) — Guatemalan search brigades pulled the first bodies Friday from a massive rain-fueled landslide where at least 100 people are believed to be entombed, as the remains of Hurricane Eta moved across Caribbean waters, strengthening en route to Cuba. Governments worked to tally the...

A pregnant woman is carried out of an area flooded by water brought by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The storm that hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead

Nov. 5, 2020 10:23 PM EST

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region....

Guatemalan president says at least 37 dead in 3 landslides provoked by Eta rains

Nov. 5, 2020 6:36 PM EST
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan president says at least 37 dead in 3 landslides provoked by Eta rains.

Guatemala official resigns over Planned Parenthood row

Nov. 3, 2020 2:25 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s interior minister resigned Tuesday after his decision to allow the group Planned Parenthood to operate in the country despite conservative President Alejandro Giammattei’s fierce opposition to abortion. The president said he had accepted the resignation of...

Guatemala seeks ex-minister in relation to cash discovery

Oct. 20, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan prosecutors are seeking the arrest of the former communications minister for ex-President Jimmy Morales on money laundering charges after finding a connection to a house in which authorities found about $16 million in various currencies last week. The Special Prosecutor...