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Guatemala: Country 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 17.2 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.


U.S. blacklists Guatemalan ex-infrastructure minister for alleged corruption

The United States on Tuesday blacklisted the former Guatemalan infrastructure minister for his alleged involvement in "significant corruption," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
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U.S. sends first Salvadoran back to Guatemala under asylum deal

Guatemala received the first Salvadoran citizen from the United States under a new migration agreement that designates the Central American nation a so-called safe third country for asylum seekers,..
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Videos for Guatemala

Planet SOS: Guatemala's illegal animal trade [Video]Planet SOS: Guatemala's illegal animal trade

Guatemala's northern Peten region anchors the largest tropical forest north of the Amazon but as more people settle in the area, poaching and other threats to its biodiversity are rising fast.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published

U.S. officers train Guatemalan agents, see shortcomings [Video]U.S. officers train Guatemalan agents, see shortcomings

The U.S. training mission for Guatemalan security forces, which includes instruction in using biometric devices, stems from the first of two accords aimed at making the Central American country halt..

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Missing home and praying not to be sent back [Video]Missing home and praying not to be sent back

Irma Rivera, 33, and her two young children fled Guatemala after her husband was murdered in a land dispute. She is living with her sister while seeking asylum in the United States. Havovi Cooper and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 04:34Published

A 10-year-old migrant who faced 9 months in custody [Video]A 10-year-old migrant who faced 9 months in custody

Anderson fled Guatemala when he was 10 years old, with his grandmother Blanca who raised him. After traveling with a caravan, they were separated at the U.S. border. Reuters followed their journey...

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Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide

Guatemala's human rights prosecutor on Friday indicted another former top military official for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the bloodiest phase of the Central American..
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Shifting asylum 'burden': U.S. sends Guatemala first Honduran migrant

The first foreign asylum-seeker arrived in Guatemala on Thursday from El Paso, Texas, under a U.S. agreement that establishes it as a so-called safe third country to process people fleeing persecution..
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U.S. sends Guatemala first Honduran migrant under asylum deal

The first Honduran asylum-seeker arrived in Guatemala on Thursday from El Paso, Texas, under a controversial U.S. agreement that establishes Guatemala as a safe third country to process people fleeing..
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Trump administration prepares to send asylum seekers to Guatemala

The Trump administration has begun an effort to send some asylum seekers encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border to Guatemala, a move that promises to transform the U.S. asylum system, according to three..
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U.S. says no plans to send asylum seekers to remote Guatemalan regions

The U.S. government said on Saturday that it had no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the Central American country floated the plan during negotiations for a bilateral..
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Guatemala could send asylum seekers to remote regions: top official

Guatemala could send asylum seekers to some of the country's most remote regions, a top official said on Saturday, as the Central American country and the United States move closer to finalizing..
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Guatemala's next president to cut ties with Maduro's Venezuela

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said on Monday that he will break off all diplomatic relations with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro when he takes office on Jan...
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U.S. agents at Guatemala checkpoints see holes in border security

At a highway checkpoint in central Guatemala, 10 U.S. officers in caps and sunglasses and packing concealed weapons watched as local border agents flagged down vehicles, inspected documents and..
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Trump rule on health insurance leaves immigrants, companies scrambling for answers

Nearly a decade after receiving U.S. citizenship, Guatemalan-born Mayra Lopez thought she had cleared all the hurdles for her parents to join her in the United States.
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U.S. restores aid to Central America after reaching migration deals

The United States on Wednesday restored economic aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that had been cut off after the Trump administration complained the three Central American countries had done..
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U.S. says Guatemala must agree to asylum pact to get development aid

A senior U.S. State Department official on Tuesday warned Guatemala that it must reach agreement with the United States on accepting asylum-seekers from other countries in order to benefit from a..
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Venezuela denies entry to Guatemalan president-elect, scuppering meeting with opposition leader

Venezuelan authorities on Saturday denied Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei entry into Venezuela, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido.
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Guatemala president-elect says he was denied entry to Venezuela

Guatemala's president-elect said he was denied entry to Venezuela on Saturday, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido.
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Deep in Guatemala's jungle, drugs and murder are new neighbors to palm oil

Bulletholes scar a wall in the only school in Semuy II, a remote village in northeastern Guatemala where three soldiers were shot dead early in September as they searched for jungle landing strips used..
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Walls will not halt migration: Guatemala president-elect

Those who believe that walls will halt migration are mistaken, Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said at an event in Mexico City on Monday.
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Guatemalan president says some $800 million in coca plants destroyed

The Guatemalan government has destroyed around 1.5 million coca plants with an estimated street value of some $800 million, President Jimmy Morales said on Monday as his government targets organized..
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Mexico and Guatemala must work together on migration: Lopez Obrador

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would discuss how Mexico and Guatemala could work together to address the challenge posed by migration, when he met Guatemalan President-elect..
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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'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,..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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...
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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..
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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..
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Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei elected as President of Guatemala, expected to take office in January

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala's president, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off, the central American country's electoral court said.
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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...
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