Guatemala shakes up cabinet in the wake of corruption scandals

Guatemala`s President Otto Perez announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, firing several ministers after corruption scandals battered his government, fuelling calls for him to step down.

Guatemalan central bank, social security chiefs arrested

The heads of the Guatemalan central bank and social security administration were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges, prosecutors said, the latest blow to embattled President Otto Perez.

Guatemalan vice president resigns amid corruption scandal

 Guatemalan President Otto Perez announced on Friday that his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, was resigning after one of her top aides was accused of participating in a customs bribery ring.

Thousands in Guatemala demand president, deputy resign

Thousands marched in Guatemala on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government. 

Archeologists unearth Maya 'melting pot'

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilisation's transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

Second volcano rumbles to life in Guatemala

Two of Guatemala`s three active volcanoes have now rumbled to life, officials said Wednesday, one day after the Santiaguito volcano began belching smoke and showering nearby towns with ash.

Guatemala`s ex-president Portillo home from US jail

Guatemala`s ex-president Alfonso Portillo returned home on Wednesday after serving time in a US prison for money laundering in a graft scandal involving Taiwan.

Guatemala's Fuego volcano spews ash, forces airport closure

Guatemala`s Fuego volcano belched black ash into the sky on Saturday, causing the government to evacuate 100 nearby residents and forcing the closure of the capital`s international airport, President Otto Perez told reporters.

Barack Obama eyes $1 billion for Central America

President Barack Obama`s administration hopes to increase funding to Central America to $1 billion next year as part of a drive to boost relations with southern neighbors, bolster security and stem illegal immigration.

Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid

 A court in Guatemala on Monday sentenced a former police chief to 90 years for an assault on the Spanish embassy in 1980 when a group of protesting Indians, peasants and university students were holed up inside.

Guatemala ex-dictator forced to appear at genocide trial

 Guatemala`s former dictator Efrain Rios Montt was hauled to court on a stretcher on Monday to attend his retrial on genocide charges after the judge rejected his request for sick leave.

Ailing Guatemalan ex-dictator requests retrial absence

 Lawyers for Guatemalan ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt said on Friday he is too sick to attend court next week, when he faces a retrial for genocide over the killings of indigenous people in the 1980s.

Ash from Guatemala volcanoes prompts flight warning

Ash clouds from two active volcanoes in Guatemala prompted local air travel warnings Friday.

Magnitude 5.8 quake off coast shakes Guatemala, El Salvador

A strong tremor shook buildings in parts of El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damages from authorities.

Salvadoran police nab two traffickers with children

Salvadoran police arrested two alleged people traffickers on the border with Guatemala as they tried to smuggle out 10 children and four adults, officials said. 

Clash over development plans leaves 8 dead in Guatemala

Eight indigenous people have died in a village west of the capital after a clash that saw residents turn guns on their neighbors over plans to build a road and a cement plant.

Orthodox Jews seeking new home in Guatemala

They stick out like a sore thumb in the steamy bustle of Guatemala`s capital: 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, some speaking broken Spanish and eking out a makeshift living in a decrepit office building.

Guatemala prison chief arrested in corruption probe

The head of Guatemala`s prison system was arrested Wednesday on bribery and money-laundering charges linked to a notorious jail-based criminal syndicate, prosecutors said.

Guatemala`s Fire volcano rumbles back to life

Guatemala`s Fire volcano erupted Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years, causing panic in nearby villages and prompting aviation authorities to re-route air traffic.

Grenade attack injures 8 in Guatemala

At least eight people were injured by a grenade attack in Guatemala City blamed on local gangs.