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Guatemala announces relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem

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Despite the furore over Washington’s controversial decision to recognize the sacred city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Guatemala has decided to follow suit, announcing plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv. Following a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, announced his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. “We... 

At least 73 dead and 350 missing in horrific Guatemalan mudslide

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The confirmed death toll of a mudslide on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital has climbed to 73 with nearly 350 others still missing as rescue workers recover more bodies from a collapsed hillside. The Saturday development came as spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters Julio Sanchez emphasized that the number of fatalities will most likely continue to climb as rescuers dig through... 

Ex-Guatemalan President Says US is Behind his Ouster

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Guatemala’s ex-president, Otto Perez, says the US was behind his ouster from power by interfering in the Central American country’s domestic affairs days after he resigned and an arrest warrant was issued for him over corruption charges. Guatemalan prosecutors and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) took action against Perez following months of probe. They also allegedly... 

Former Guatemalan president indicted for fraud

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A Guatemalan court has indicted former President Otto Perez Molina on corruption charges. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez on Tuesday ordered Perez to remain in jail while awaiting prosecution on charges of customs fraud, racketeering and bribery. The 64-year-old retired general will remain in custody until the trial in three months’ time. A UN commission tasked with fighting high-level graft in Guatemala... 

Guatemala president quits amid graft scandal

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Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has stepped down shortly after an arrest warrant was issued for him amid a corruption scandal that has rattled his government. The embattled leader decided to resign from presidency in order to confront “individually the proceedings against him,” his spokesman Jorge Ortega said on Thursday. Perez Molina’s resignation came hours after an arrest warrant was... 

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt sentenced to 80 years for genocide

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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt A court in Guatemala has convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt of genocide and crimes against humanity and has sentenced him to 80 years in prison. Judge Jazmin Barrios announced the sentence and verdict in Guatemala City on Friday. She said the former military leader’s acts “qualify as genocide.” “The corresponding punishment... 

Coffee rust causes state of emergency in Central America

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Central American coffee plantations are facing a serious challenge. Nearly 70 percent of coffee fields in Guatemala are affected by fungal infection called coffee rust. President of the Republic Otto Perez Molina introduced a state of emergency in the country. Guatemala’s national disaster threatens to turn into trouble for residents of other countries as well. Central America has long been... 

McAfee pleads with Guatemalan gov. over exile to Belize

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US internet security pioneer John McAfee, speaking live on the internet from the detention center of the immigration departament in Guatemala City said “no hope for my life” if he returned to Belize, December 10, 2012. Fugitive software tycoon John McAfee pleads to return home after facing deportation due to an illegal entry into Guatemala from Belize. On Monday, McAfee released an online... 

Guatemala Pacific Coast 7.5 Quake Kills 52

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A car remains under the ruins of a collapsed house in San Marcos, 240 km of Guatemala City, November 7, 2012. The death toll of an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale that hit Guatemala’s Pacific Coast has climbed to 52 with about 20 still missing. Media reports on Thursday quoted emergency services on the casualties, saying that almost a third of the dead are children and at least 150... 

Mayan relic says 2012 not End of the World

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Aztec Calendar, an adaptation of the Mayan calendar, consisted of a 365-day agricultural calendar, as well as a 260-day sacred calendar. (This is a digital composite. Color added for visibility.) The discovery in a Guatemala jungle of a previously unknown version of the Mayan calendar offers humankind a ray of hope: the world is not going to end on December 21, 2012 and could most probably last for... 

Guatemala declares state of siege in town taken over by Mexican drug gang

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Soldiers patrolling the streets in Alta Verapaz north of Guatemala City. Guatemala has declared a state of siege in a northern province that authorities claim has been overtaken by Mexican drug traffickers. The government initiated the monthlong measure in the Alta Verapaz province to reclaim cities that have been taken over by the Zetas drug gang, Ronaldo Robles, a spokesman for Alvaro Colom, the... 

Giant strange crater appears in Guatemala

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Guatemala Crater Swallows Building. Following Tropical Storm Agatha sweeping through Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras this weekend, a giant sinkhole has opened up Guatemala. The sinkhole swallowed a three-story building, and is believed to have also swallowed at least one person. The enormous hole in the ground is reportedly 200 feet deep and approximately 100 feet in diameter. The Guatemala... 
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