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Guatemala: Republic in Central America
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

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Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge

Guatemala is no longer just a transit point for traffickers seeking to smuggle cocaine north towards the United States, authorities said on Thursday after security officials discovered several coca..
Reuters - Published

Mexican president says to meet Guatemalan president-elect on Friday

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will meet Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei in the Mexican city of Merida on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Guatemala

U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal [Video]U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal

The U.S. and El Salvador have reached a joint deal on immigration without giving many additional details beyond those related to asylum claims. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

Supreme Court approves Trump asylum curbs [Video]Supreme Court approves Trump asylum curbs

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

Victims of 'La Bestia' learn to walk again [Video]Victims of 'La Bestia' learn to walk again

Roni Osorio, a Honduran migrant, has learned to walk again after his left leg was ground off by “La Bestia,” or The Death Train, so named for the risks posed by traveling on it. Yahaira Jacquez..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:42Published

Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala's presidential race [Video]Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala's presidential race

Trained surgeon and former head of country's prison system campaigned on the issue of fighting crime and corruption.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Guatemala election: Migration a key issue in election [Video]Guatemala election: Migration a key issue in election

This Sunday, August 11, Guatemalans go to polls to choose their next president.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Honduras Has Yet To Receive 'Safe Third Country' Proposal From The US [Video]Honduras Has Yet To Receive 'Safe Third Country' Proposal From The US

The Honduran foreign minister said they will analyze any U.S. plan to have them become a “safe third country.” According to Reuters, he said they have not received an official proposal to help..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Pelosi questions Trump's Guatemala deal [Video]Pelosi questions Trump's Guatemala deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration deal agreed with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Upward lightning on Guatemala mountain captured in striking video [Video]Upward lightning on Guatemala mountain captured in striking video

Upward lightning shooting from the top of a mountain has been captured on camera by an amateur photographer. Alyssa Barrundia, a missionary living in Guatemala, captured the spectacle at Volcan de Agua..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Villagers recognize viral photo of Guatemalan mother [Video]Villagers recognize viral photo of Guatemalan mother

Lolinda Amaya said she had seen the viral images and video of Guatemalan migrant Ledy Perez and her son's encounter with a Mexican National Guard soldier, published by Reuters. Havovi Cooper reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:31Published

Trump compares Baltimore murder rate to Afghanistan [Video]Trump compares Baltimore murder rate to Afghanistan

Donald Trump said Baltimore's homicide rate could be higher than Afghanistan's and those of the 'Northern Triangle' countries El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras during a rally in Ohio. Rough cut - no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:56Published

Tired of waiting, migrants return home [Video]Tired of waiting, migrants return home

Dozens of U.S. asylum-seekers boared a bus on Tuesday to be taken back to their home countries after being sent to Mexico under a Trump administration program. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Guatemala's president faces backlash at immigration deal with US [Video]Guatemala's president faces backlash at immigration deal with US

The agreement forces Central American migrants to apply for asylum in Guatemala instead of the US.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

Guatemala Agrees To Migration Measures To Avoid Sanctions [Video]Guatemala Agrees To Migration Measures To Avoid Sanctions

President Donald Trump said he agreed to drop the threat of economic sanctions against Guatemala, Reuters reports. This comes after the country said it would implement new measures aimed at reducing..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

A moving Reuters photo sheds light on migration crisis [Video]A moving Reuters photo sheds light on migration crisis

The plight of this mother and son who had traveled from their home country of Guatemala to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, only to be stopped mere feet from the United States, was captured by Reuters..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:27Published

U.S. judge blocks Trump's latest asylum ban [Video]U.S. judge blocks Trump's latest asylum ban

The Trump Administration's new policy aimed at squeezing the number of asylum seekers allowed into the U.S. is blocked by a federal judge. The new rule would require asylum-seekers to first seek safe..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

 

El Salvador sends hundreds of police to border to thwart migrants

El Salvador's government will deploy at least 800 police to its borders with Honduras and Guatemala in a bid to thwart U.S.-bound migrants, officials said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Guatemala deploys 2,000 troops after deadly attack on soldiers

Hundreds of Guatemalan soldiers were deployed on Monday to an area near the border with Honduras and Mexico, home to long-standing social conflicts, in a bid to improve security after three soldiers..
Reuters - Published

Guatemalan Congress approves controversial state of siege declaration

Guatemala's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to approve a temporary state of siege in six northeastern provinces, a measure designed to tighten security after several soldiers were killed by..
Reuters - Published

El Salvador launches anti-corruption commission, inspired by Guatemala

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele on Friday unveiled a new independent commission to tackle corruption, taking inspiration from a U.N.-backed body that toppled the previous president of neighboring..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala declares state of siege after suspected drug dealers kill soldiers

Guatemala's government on Wednesday declared a state of siege in five northeastern provinces in an effort to regain control after three soldiers were killed by suspected drug traffickers, authorities..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala arrests former presidential candidate on eve of U.N.-graft team exit

Guatemalan police arrested former presidential candidate Sandra Torres at her home on Monday on charges of violating campaign finance rules, just hours before the departure of a U.N. anti-corruption..
Reuters - Published

Former Guatemala presidential candidate Torres arrested over campaign financing

Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Sandra Torres has been arrested on suspicion of violating campaign finance rules and for unlawful association, the attorney general's office said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Judges sweat over Guatemala anti-graft fight after U.N. commission's ouster

In late August, U.N. officials, judges and civil society leaders met in Guatemala to say farewell to a U.N. commission that fought political corruption before its mandate was terminated by President..
Reuters - Published

'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries,..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy offers farm visas to boost asylum deal with Guatemala

In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala's outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available..
Reuters - Published

Son, brother of outgoing Guatemalan president cleared of fraud

A Guatemalan court on Monday acquitted a son and brother of outgoing President Jimmy Morales, after a corruption case that battered his popularity and sparked the leader's feud with a United..
Reuters - Published

Border agent who called migrants 'subhuman' pleads guilty to intentionally running over migrant

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen pleaded guilty to running over a Guatemalan migrant with his patrol vehicle in December 2017.
USATODAY.com - Published

On board "ICE Air," the Trump administration's increased deportation effort

"ICE Air" is flying people living in the U.S. illegally out of the country, as the Trump administration steps up deportation efforts. Washington Post immigration reporter Nick Miroff was aboard a..
CBS News - Published

Guatemala's next president says 'safe third country' deal needs two congress ratifications

Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei said on Monday that the 'safe third country' concept regulating where migrants can apply for asylum must be ratified by the congresses of both..
Reuters - Published

Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress

Guatemala's incoming president Alejandro Giammattei has vowed to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed with Washington last month, but any room for maneuver is seen..
Reuters - Published

Anti-graft group's exit to test mettle of new Guatemala leader

Guatemala's next leader, Alejandro Giammattei, could not have asked for clearer endorsement of his skepticism toward President Donald Trump's proposed immigration deal than when a visiting U.S...
Reuters - Published

Try, try again: Guatemala's new president draws strength from adversity

Guatemala's next leader had lost one election after another until Sunday, during an eventful career that saw him train as a doctor, run the gamut of public sector jobs and take charge of prisons before..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala election winner sets sights on changing Trump migrant deal

Guatemalan conservative Alejandro Giammattei secured a crushing victory in a presidential election on Sunday, and promised to seek better terms for his country from an unpopular migration deal agreed..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala presidential election winner pans deal made with U.S.

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei says he'd like changes in pact designed to stem flow of migrants to U.S. from his nation, Honduras and El Salvador
CBS News - Published

Guatemala conservative romps to landslide win, faces big migration test

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei swept aside his center-left rival in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, and now inherits an unpopular migration deal agreed under duress with the Trump..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala conservative wins presidential election: electoral tribunal

Guatemala's Electoral Tribunal on Sunday declared conservative Alejandro Giammattei of the Vamos party winner of the presidential election over his center-left opponent, former first lady Sandra..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala center-left candidate concedes defeat in presidential election

Guatemalan center-left candidate and former first lady Sandra Torres has conceded defeat to her conservative rival Alejandro Giammattei in the country's presidential election on Sunday, an official for..
Reuters - Published

Guatemalan conservative looks set for election win, early results show

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei appeared poised for a decisive victory in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, storming into a commanding lead over his center-left rival, former first lady..
Reuters - Published

Guatemalan conservative Giammattei leads presidency race: early results

Guatemalan conservative Alejandro Giammattei took an early lead in Sunday's presidential election against his center-left opponent Sandra Torres, preliminary results showed.
Reuters - Published

Caught in Trump migration bind, Guatemala elects new president

Guatemalans on Sunday were voting for a new president who will face a major challenge after the country signed an unpopular deal with Washington to act as a buffer against illegal immigration under..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala votes for new president to inherit Trump migration bind

Guatemalans on Sunday began voting for a new president who will face a major challenge after the country agreed with Washington to act as a buffer against illegal immigration under pressure from U.S...
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Guatemalan former first lady, surgeon in run-off for presidency

Guatemalans on Sunday vote in a second round run-off election for a new president who is likely to face a major challenge coping with a deal signed with Washington in July to turn the country into a..
Reuters - Published

Honduras has not received U.S. proposal for safe third country migration deal - official

Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said on Saturday that the Central American country had not received an official proposal from the United States to act as a safe third country after..
Reuters - Published

El Salvador to launch commission to investigate corruption

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele is planning by early September to fulfill a campaign vow to launch an independent commission to investigate corruption, similar to a U.N.-backed body in Guatemala that..
Reuters - Published

Scores from Mexico, Guatemala detained in Mississippi raids

The governments of Guatemala and Mexico said on Thursday that between them, almost 300 of their citizens had been detained in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi as part of sweeping U.S. immigration..
Reuters - Published

In Guatemala, Pelosi says migrant treatment 'shameful', worries about Trump deal

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. treatment of migrants during a visit to Guatemala, and raised doubts about whether the Central American country could cope with a migration..
Reuters - Published

Unpopularity contest to decide Guatemalan presidential election

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei could make it fourth time lucky in Guatemala's presidential runoff on Sunday if misgivings about his opponent among urban voters outweigh her support in the Central..
Reuters - Published

Trump Officials Argued Over Asylum Deal With Guatemala. Now Both Countries Must Make It Work.

State Department officials are irritated that the Department of Homeland Security is meddling in diplomacy and they question whether Guatemala is capable of accepting thousands of asylum seekers.
NYTimes.com - Published

After Guatemala, U.S. seeks migration deals with Honduras, El Salvador

The U.S. homeland security chief said in Guatemala on Thursday that the United States is pursuing "similar agreements" with Honduras and El Salvador on migration in its drive to turn the region into a..
Reuters - Published

Guatemala's shortcomings raise doubts about U.S. migration deal

Guatemala's refugee agency meets only sporadically and operates on a bare-bones basis, adding to doubts about how the crime-wracked, impoverished Central American country will cope with a surge in..
Reuters - Published

Guatemalan villagers recognize viral photo of mother pleading at U.S. border

Lolinda Amaya cried last week when she saw a viral photograph of a Guatemalan mother imploring Mexico's National Guard to let her enter the United States.
Reuters - Published

Mexican president says Mexico could not commit to safe third-country agreement: Bloomberg

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday Mexico had not and could not commit to a safe third-country agreement like the one Guatemala signed with the United States to stop a flow of..
Reuters - Published

Castro says Trump's attacks are part of his reelection playbook

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the president's tweet's targeting Rep. Elijah Cummings, and a "safe third country" asylum agreement the U.S. signed..
CBS News - Published

Guatemalan presidential candidates question U.S. migration deal

The two contenders to be Guatemala's next president questioned on Saturday the validity of a deal struck by the country's government with the United States that aims to curb the flow of migrants north..
Reuters - Published

Democratic senators decry Tump's asylum deal with Guatemala

"Our country cannot continue to impose the cost of what's happening on other countries, mainly Mexico and now apparently, we're trying to do it to Guatemala," Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii told CBS News
CBS News - Published

Trump signs immigration pact with Guatamela changing asylum rules

On Friday President Trump signed what’s described as a “safe third country” agreement with Guatemala, which requires immigrants who pass through Guatemala on their way to the U.S., to seek asylum..
CBS News - Published

"Safe Third Country" agreement with Guatemala is "an insult to common sense," Congresswoman says

The White House announced Friday it had signed an agreement with Guatemala that would require any migrants who pass through that country to seek asylum there. If the law takes effect, migrants who are..
CBS News - Published

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