Strong M6.8 temblor hurts four, causes damage in Guatemala

Jun 23, 2017

Strong M6.8 temblor hurts four, causes damage in Guatemala

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Guatemala's coast Thursday, injuring four people and damaging homes and roads, officials said, just eight days after another strong emblor killed five people in the Central American country. The quake struck at 6:31 a.m. (1231 GMT) with its epicenter ...

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

Mar 4, 2017

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

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My childhood home is gone and so is the Chinese restaurant next to it. But my street in the urban center of Guatemala City remains its bustling old self. Buses growl and spit exhaust. Cars race down the narrow one-way street. Stores sell everything from ...

Feb 27, 2017

Guatemala authorities expel Dutch 'abortion ship'

Guatemala has expelled a Dutch "abortion ship" carrying activists who had vowed to help women circumvent the country's long-standing prohibition against terminating pregnancies, the army said Sunday. Activists from the group Women on Waves had been guarded aboard their moored sailboat by a navy vessel, ...

Feb 26, 2017

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted Saturday, spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach the capital, civil protection authorities said. The Volcan de Fuego, one of the country's three active volcanos, is located about 45 ...

Dec 8, 2015

Guatemala jolted by deep M5.7 temblor; no damage reported

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook southern Guatemala on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The USGS said that the epicenter was near the country's Pacific coast, less than a mile (1 km) from the municipality of ...

No joke: Guatemalan comedian Morales wins presidency in landslide

/ Oct 26, 2015

No joke: Guatemalan comedian Morales wins presidency in landslide

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the country's political establishment. The 46-year-old Morales overwhelmingly beat center-left rival and former ...

Hundreds feared dead in Guatemala landslide, hopeful keep digging

Oct 4, 2015

Hundreds feared dead in Guatemala landslide, hopeful keep digging

Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing. Distraught relatives of the victims shoveled alongside diggers ...