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Guatemala erects tallest flagstaff in Central America

Guatemala City, Feb 5 (IANS/EFE) Guatemala now raises its national flag on a monument that has the tallest flagstaff in Central America, which makes it visible from any part of the capital, Defense Minister Ulises Anzueto said.

 
Guatemalan ex-dictator to stand trial for genocide

Guatemala City, Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) A Guatemalan judge ordered Monday that former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity.

 
Guatemala deports McAfee to US

Guatemala City, Dec 13 (IANS/EFE) US software guru John McAfee, who fled here last week from neighbouring Belize where authorities want to question him about a murder, was deported to the US Wednesday, a Guatemalan official said.

 
US software mogul McAfee hospitalized in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Dec 7 (IANS/EFE) US software guru John McAfee was hospitalized here Thursday after complaining of chest pain as Guatemalan authorities prepared to deport him to neighbouring Belize, where police want to question him in connection with a murder.

 
US tycoon McAfee applies for asylum in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Dec 6 (IANS/EFE) US software tycoon John McAfee Wednesday, via his attorney, presented a formal asylum request to Guatemala arguing that he is being "politically persecuted" by the government of Belize, the country where he settled in 2008.

 
Three women, baby shot dead in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Oct 15 (IANS/EFE) Gunmen killed three women and an eight-month-old baby girl at a house in eastern Guatemala, officials said Sunday.

 
Seven members of family murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Oct 10 (IANS/EFE) Seven members of a family, including two children, were shot dead Tuesday by unidentified individuals in a village in Guatemala, said authorities.

 
Woman, her three children shot dead in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) A woman and her three children were fatally shot in Guatemalas' eastern province of Chiquimula, police said Friday.

 
Tomb of Maya queen found in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Oct 4 (IANS/EFE) The tomb of a powerful seventh-century Maya queen was discovered at the El Peru-Waka site in the northwestern Guatemalan province of Peten, archaeologists said Wednesday.

 
Guatemalans who fled volcano eruption return home

Guatemala City, Sep 17 (IANS/EFE) Thousands of people who were evacuated Thursday because of the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano in Colombia have returned home after seismic activity diminished.

 
Mob in Guatemala kills man who murdered two kids

Guatemala City, Sep 13 (IANS/EFE) A man who walked into a school in the northern Guatemalan village of Tactic and murdered two children was killed by teachers and locals, media reports said Wednesday.

 
Industrial-scale drug lab found in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Sep 6 (IANS/EFE) Police found an industrial-scale synthetic-drug lab in a rural area near the Mexican border, Guatemala's interior ministry said Wednesday.

 
Hotels get booked for end of Mayan era events

Guatemala City, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) Hotels near the Mayan city of Tikal are headed for "a full sell-out" for the events planned Dec 21 to mark the start of a new era for humanity in the Maya cosmology, Guatemalan National Tourism Institute director Pedro Duchez said.

 
Woman, two daughters found dismembered in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Sep 4 (IANS/EFE) The dismembered bodies of a woman and her two teenage daughters were found Monday in southeastern Guatemala, authorities said.

 
Guatemalan cop accused of holding teen as sex slave

Guatemala City, Aug 18 (IANS/EFE) A Guatemalan police officer was arrested on charges of holding a 14-year-old girl as a sex slave for months, authorities said Friday.

 
It's official: Guatemala now a drug-producing country

Guatemala City, Aug 16 (IANS/EFE) Guatemala is no longer just a conduit for illegal drugs, but a centre of production, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez said, citing the seizure of 17.6 tonnes of coca paste apparently destined for cocaine labs in the Central American nation.

 
Prison warden slain in Guatemala

Guatemala City, July 20 (IANS/EFE) The warden of a maximum-security prison that holds some of Guatemala's most dangerous criminals was gunned down on the streets of this capital, authorities said Thursday.

 
'Mayan text on world's end is about political history'

Guatemala City, June 29 (IANS) A 1,300-year-old Mayan text discovered in Guatemala provides the second known reference to December 21, 2012, touted as the world's end date. However, archaeologists believe it has more to do with political history than the prophecy.

 

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