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  • NJ sex assault suspect extradited from Guatemala

    Authorities have extradited a sexual assault suspect from Guatemala to New Jersey where he fled the county in 2007.

  • Ex-rebel says guerrilla commander ordered massacre

    A former rebel testified Tuesday that an ex-guerilla commander didn't consult with his superiors in giving the order to kill 22 rural villagers the rebels suspected of collaborating with the army during Guatemala's civil war.

  • Ark. workers to help wire rural Guatemala villages

    A group of 14 linemen from eight electric cooperatives across Arkansas will leave this week for Guatemala, where they will help bring electricity to remote villages in the Central American country.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Guatemala's former President Alfonso Portillo listens to a journalist's question as he arrives to a court in Guatemala City. Portillo pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy in a federal court in New York, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

    Ex-Guatemala president pleads guilty in NYC

    Guatemala's ex-president pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Tuesday, saying he accepted $2.5 million in bribes to continue to recognize Taiwan diplomatically when he took his government's top position more than a decade ago.

  • In this March 6, 2014 photo, Austina Machic, 76 years-old, pauses during an interview at her home in San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala. In November 1988 in the mountainous area of western Guatemala, 22 men who lived in the village of El Aguacate where massacred by leftists guerillas during the Guatemalan civil war. The case will be taken to court on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in which more than 30 persons are expected to testify. Machic's husband Horacio tajtaj Callejas was killed in the massacre. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Guatemala tries ex-guerrilla accused of massacre

    Agustina Machic still feels scared when she recalls the days in 1988 when her husband and 21 others, many of them her relatives, were killed by suspected rebels who accused them of collaborating with the army as a civil war raged in Guatemala.

  • Man found dead in Stamford was from Guatemala

    A man found dead in a Stamford park last week has been identified by police as a 43-year-old father of four from Guatemala, the second homeless man from the Central American country to be found dead within a week in the frigid cold in Connecticut.

  • FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, Felicita Romero holds an image of her mother Natividad Ramirez, a victim of the Dos Erres massacre, as she attends the trial of Pedro Pimentel Rios a former member of an elite Guatemalan military force known as the "kaibiles," at a court in Guatemala City.  Jorge Sosa, a former Guatemalan army second lieutenant of the "kaibiles", suspected of participating in the killing at least 160 people in the Dos Erres village more than three decades ago, was sentenced in an American court on Monday, to up to a decade in prison for lying on his U.S. citizenship papers about his alleged role in the slayings. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

    Ex-Guatemalan soldier sentenced to 10 years in US

    Guatemalan immigrants gathered outside a California courthouse chanted the names of Oscar Ramirez's mother and seven siblings killed in a massacre by soldiers in the tiny village of Dos Erres during the country's civil war.

  • FILE - This Sept. 21, 2012, file photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), shows Jorge Sosa, a former Guatemalan soldier, as he is extradited to Los Angeles from Canada. Sosa was a member of a special force suspected of killing at least 160 people in a remote village more than three decades ago in a massacre that still haunts its few survivors. In an American court on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, the 55-year-old will be sentenced to up to a decade in prison for lying on his U.S. citizenship papers about his alleged role in the slayings. (AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, File)

    Ex-Guatemalan soldier sentenced to 10 years in US

    A former Guatemalan special forces soldier was sentenced Monday to a decade in an American prison for lying on a U.S. citizenship application about his role in a civil war massacre that decimated a village more than three decades ago.

  • In this Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz talks during an interview in Guatemala City. Human rights groups in Guatemala are protesting the Supreme Court's decision to oust the country's crusading attorney general seven months before her term was set to end. The Supreme Court ruled this week in favor of a lawyer who filed a petition that Paz y Paz be replaced in May because he argued that's what a law governing prosecutors dictates. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Guatemalan court upholds top prosecutor's ouster

    Guatemala's Supreme Court upheld its ruling that the country's crusading attorney general must step down in May, seven months before her term was to end, drawing complaints from human rights activists who back her efforts to prosecute civil war-era military officials.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, armed men belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM), stand guard at a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group at the entrance to the town of Antunez, Mexico. The government announced Monday that it had reached a deal with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante leaders met Tuesday Jan. 28, with government officials to hash out details of the agreement. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, file)

    Mexican vigilante legalization plan carries risks

    After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a cult-like drug cartel, the Mexican government is seeking to permanently solve one of its toughest security problems with a plan to legalize the growing movement and bring it under the army's control.

  • Woman loses appeal in immigrant case

    A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of a woman convicted in Mississippi of harboring people suspected of being in the country illegally from China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Mexico.

  • Disabled man allowed citizenship; family denied

    In the little, tidy living room in a house off Stassney Lane, Nicolasa Velasquez raised the right hand of her older brother, looked immigration officials in the eye and pledged on his behalf to defend the U.S. Constitution. He is an invalid, her brother Antonio, and in such cases the law encourages a court-appointed legal guardian to handle the application for citizenship.

  • Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo speaks to reporters in Guatemala City before boarding a flight to the U.S. Mr. Portillo was extradited to face charges of conspiring to launder millions of dollars embezzled from his government. He appeared before a U.S. district judge in New York on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Ex-Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo extradited to U.S.

    Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been extradited to the United States to face charges of conspiring to launder millions of dollars embezzled from his government through bank accounts in his country, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele M. Leonhart announced Tuesday.

  • Alfonso Portillo (left), former president of Guatemala, speaks to the press May 24, 2013, as he is led by police to an aircraft that will fly him to the United States from Guatemala City. Portillo was extradited to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million in Guatemalan funds through U.S. bank accounts. (Associated Press)

    Former Guatemalan president in U.S. court after extradition

    Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been extradited to the United States to face charges of conspiring to launder millions of dollars embezzled from his government through bank accounts in his country, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele M. Leonhart announced Tuesday.

  • Illustration Fiscal Avalanche by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    TYRRELL: Lessons from the ancient Mayans

    SANTO TOMAS DE CASTILLA, GUATEMALA

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