Edition:
United States

Sofia Menchu

Former Guatemalan minister charged in U.S. with laundering $10 million

Aug 05 2020

GUATEMALA CITY U.S. prosecutors charged Guatemalan former Economy Minister Asisclo Valladares on Wednesday with helping launder nearly $10 million in cash from drug traffickers and a corrupt politician.

U.S. charges ex-Panama president's sons with bribery, money laundering

Jul 07 2020

GUATEMALA CITY/PANAMA CITY U.S. prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday.

UPDATE 2-Guatemala to leave International Coffee Organization, sources say

Jul 02 2020

GUATEMALA CITY, July 1 Guatemala has begun the process of leaving the International Coffee Organization (ICO), spurred by concern over falling prices of the commodity, a government official and an industry representative said on Wednesday.

Guatemala says deportation flights restart from U.S.

Jun 10 2020

GUATEMALA CITY The United States this week resumed flying Guatemalan deportees to their homeland after a hiatus of several weeks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Guatemala's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Murder of indigenous Maya healer spurs calls for justice in Guatemala

Jun 09 2020

GUATEMALA CITY The killing of an indigenous Maya healer, who was set ablaze by a mob in rural Guatemala after he was accused of being a witch, was strongly condemned on Monday by the country's president and human rights organizations.

Rich world's jobs crisis jolts money flows to millions

Jun 01 2020

Carlos Sosa, a Salvadoran waiter in New York, used to send up to $500 a month back home to his mother to help pay for her medical bills and food. But now, after the coronavirus hit and he lost his job in early March, Sosa has burned through his savings and the wire transfers have stopped.

Guatemala president scolds U.S. for deporting migrants with coronavirus

May 21 2020

GUATEMALA CITY Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei criticized the United States on Thursday for sending back migrants infected with the novel coronavirus to his Central American country and straining its weak health system.

As hunger spreads under lockdown, Guatemalans and Salvadorans raise white flag

May 21 2020

GUATEMALA CITY/SAN SALVADOR Strict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have so battered local economies that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance.

Maya villages in Guatemala spurn U.S. deportees as infections spike

May 01 2020

QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala Guatemala's indigenous Maya towns are spurning returned migrants, threatening some with burning their homes or lynching as fear spreads about more than 100 deportees from the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus.

FEATURE-Maya villages in Guatemala spurn U.S. deportees as infections spike

May 01 2020

QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala, May 1 Guatemala's indigenous Maya towns are spurning returned migrants, threatening some with burning their homes or lynching as fear spreads about more than 100 deportees from the United States who tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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