Jul 8, 2015

Ex-dictator found mentally unfit for new Guatemala genocide trial

Guatemala’s forensic authority declared on Tuesday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt is mentally unfit to be tried again on genocide charges, two years after a historic conviction of the former strongman was thrown out on a technicality. The National Forensic Science Institute determined ...

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president

Jun 11, 2015

Guatemala opens corruption probe against president

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina will be investigated for alleged corruption and Congress has been asked to consider lifting his immunity, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. The president has faced major protests calling for his resignation since a U.N.-backed investigation reported in April a ...

Mar 12, 2015

Second volcano rumbles to life in Guatemala

Two of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes have now rumbled to life, officials said Wednesday, one day after the Santiaguito volcano began belching smoke and showering nearby towns with ash. Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, in the southwest, over the past several weeks has spewed adjacent towns ...

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Feb 9, 2015

Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano calmed down Sunday after an eruption blanketed nearby towns in ash, the nation’s volcano monitor reported. Guatemala City’s La Aurora airport remained closed due to ash that had fallen on the runway. Ash had stopped falling on the city, the volcano ...

Guatemala's 'fire volcano' erupts, covering towns in ash

Feb 8, 2015

Guatemala's 'fire volcano' erupts, covering towns in ash

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has erupted with thick plumes of ash that have blanketed several towns, including a popular tourist destination, while also prompting flight warnings. The volcano in southwestern Guatemala, whose name means “Fire,” spewed columns of ash 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea ...

Jul 5, 2014

Guatemala ex-rebel convicted in '88 killings

A Guatemalan court issued the first conviction Friday against a leftist guerrilla commander for a massacre committed during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war. The three-judge court sentenced Solano Barrillas, 55, to 90 years in prison after convicting him of homicide and crimes against humanity ...

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

May 19, 2014

Plant disease raising high-end coffee price

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease and hold down the price of coffee. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust, which has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin America. ...

Determined Japan eases past Guatemala

Sep 6, 2013

Determined Japan eases past Guatemala

CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda was on target as Japan got back on the winning track with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly in Osaka on Friday night. Honda came off the bench to head Japan into a 50th-minute lead and ...