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Day of the Dead begins!

Day of the Dead, a holiday that marries Catholic rituals and pre-Hispanic beliefs, is celebrated throughout Latin America on the first two days of November.

Guatemala asks US for migrant protections due to volcano fallout

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan migrants to the United States should receive temporary protection from deportation because of recent volcanic eruptions in their home country, Guatemalan officials said on Monday. President Jimmy Morales said on Twitter he had instructed his Foreign Ministry to petition the United States for temporary protected status for the country’s migrants. “The request is a response to the catastrophe caused by the Fuego volcano,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marta Larra said. Fuego, which means…

Sixty-two dead in Guatemala volcano eruption

MEXICO CITY: The number of fatalities from a massive volcano eruption in Guatemala rose to 62 on Monday, an official in the Central American country said. Only 13 of the dead have been identified so far, Mirna Zeledon, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences told Reuters. The eruption of Fuego - Spanish for “fire” - on Sunday was the biggest in more than four decades, forcing the closure of Guatemala’s main international airport and dumping ash on thousands of acres (hectares) of…

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption kills 25, injures hundreds

GUATEMALA CITY: An estimated 25 people, including at least three children, were killed and nearly 300 injured on Sunday in the most violent eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano in more than four decades, officials said. Volcan de Fuego, whose name means “Volcano of Fire”, spewed an 8-kilometer (5-mile) stream of red-hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions. The charred bodies of victims laid on the steaming, ashen remnants of a pyroclastic flow as…