Author Archives: SONIA PEREZ D.

{FD} Communities flee eruption at Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire

About 4,000 residents fled Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire Monday as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year. Continue reading

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{FD} Migrants straggle into Mexico City to shelter at stadium

Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States streamed into Mexico’s capital and bedded down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. Continue reading

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{FD} Migrant caravan sets sight on getting to Mexico City

A 4,000-strong caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico split up into several groups with one spending the night in a town in the coastal state of Veracruz and other migrants continuing toward the country’s capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Tired and angry, migrant caravan splinters in Mexican state

A 4,000-strong caravan of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico split up into several groups with one spending the night in a town in the coastal state of Veracruz and other migrants continuing toward the country’s capital. Continue reading

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{FD} Migrants’ brief hopes of buses to Mexico’s capital dashed

Thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through southern Mexico had their brief hopes of reaching the country’s capital on Saturday dashed after the governor of Veracruz state pulled an offer of dozens of buses to take them there. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘We are not killers:’ Migrants in caravan respond to Trump

As President Donald Trump ramped up his anti-migrant rhetoric ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, exhausted Central Americans walking across Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States said they were mostly perplexed and turned off by his threats, … Continue reading

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{FD} Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan have massed in this Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens retaliation if they continue toward the United States. Continue reading

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{FD} Incoming Mexican president to accept truth commission

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday his administration will accept a truth commission to investigate the case of 43 teachers-college students missing since Sept. 26, 2014, drawing rare praise and expressions of hope from … Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemalan protesters demand Morales reverse on graft body

Thousands marched Thursday to protest President Jimmy Morales’ decision to end the work of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that has helped lead high-profile graft probes targeting dozens of powerful Guatemalans, including one involving Morales. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala govt bars anti-graft chief, defying court ruling

The government on Monday defied a ruling by Guatemala’s top court to allow the return of the man who heads a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission, with officials arguing they have the right to force his replacement. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala court backs UN ant-graft chief against president

In a blunt rebuke to President Jimmy Morales, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court ordered that the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission be let back in the country two weeks after Morales barred him as he moved to defang the investigative body. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala court orders UN anti-graft chief be readmitted

The Constitutional Court ordered President Jimmy Morales late Sunday to allow the head of a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission to return to Guatemala, dealing a blunt rebuke to the leader who has sought in recent weeks to defang the body and its work. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala Morales defends ending UN anti-graft commission

President Jimmy Morales on Thursday defended his decision to wind down a U.N. commission investigating graft in Guatemala, responding to domestic and international critics who called it a blow against efforts to strengthen rule of law and hold the corr… Continue reading

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{FD} UN anti-graft investigator barred from re-entering Guatemala

The head of a U.N.-backed commission probing corruption in Guatemala was barred from re-entering the country Tuesday, further defanging the investigative body days after President Jimmy Morales announced he would not renew its mandate. Continue reading

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{FD} Only a few of Guatemala volcano’s dead have been identified

People of the villages skirting Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire began mourning the few dead who could be identified after an eruption killed dozens by engulfing them in floods of searing ash and mud. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 7, rescue hampered

Rescuers struggled to reach rural residents cut off by a volcanic eruption that killed at least seven people and injured 20 near Guatemala’s capital, and authorities feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people unaccounted for. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 Guatemalan indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents

Three Guatemalan indigenous leaders have been killed in separate incidents over the past week. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala’s crusading prosecutor exits amid praise, threats

It’s been a long time since it was safe for Thelma Aldana to go out in public alone, and perhaps it never will be again. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala high court annuls prison for 3 Russian migrants

Guatemala’s highest court has overturned a prison conviction for three Russians who were accused of using forged documents and claim to be the victim of a plot orchestrated by Moscow. Continue reading

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{FD} Human rights group accuses Guatemalan courts of delays

An international human rights group says Guatemalan courts are foot- dragging on high-profile cases and threatening the work of the country’s prosecutors and a U.N. anti-corruption commission. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala extends UN anti-corruption official’s visa

The Guatemalan government has renewed the visa of the U.N. anti-corruption commissioner but instructed him to “refrain from interfering in the internal affairs” of the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala Congress repeals bill that cut campaign penalties

Guatemalan lawmakers has repealed a recently passed bill that reduced the punishment for illegal campaign financing and set off a storm among government opponents who called it a major reversal in the fight against impunity. Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemalan lawmakers reduce punishment for campaign crimes

Guatemala’s Congress approved legislation reducing the punishment for campaign-finance crimes Wednesday, two days after blocking prosecutors and a U.N. anti-corruption commission from investigating President Jimmy Morales for alleged irregularities dur… Continue reading

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{FD} Guatemala leader at crossroads after court blocks expulsion

President Jimmy Morales faced a crossroads Wednesday after Guatemala’s highest court ruled he could not expel the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission from the country. Continue reading

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