GUATEMALA CITY: Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday. Some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years in a scan of a region in the northern department of El Peten, which borders Mexico and Belize, said Marcello Canuto, one of the project's top investigators. These findings are a "revolution in Maya archeology," Canuto said. The new discoveries in this Central American…
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as “shameful” Guatemala’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as the capital of Israel. “It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem” and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement. “The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against…
SAN JOSE PINULA: Guatemala declared three days of mourning after a blaze Wednesday in a government-run children's shelter killed at least 22 teenage girls and focused attention on allegations of sexual and other abuse in the facility. All those killed were aged between 14 and 17. Most died of burns in the fire in the Virgin of the Assumption Safe Home in San Jose Pinula, 10 kilometers (six miles) east of Guatemala City, officials said. A total of 38 other people were injured, 16 of them in critical condition,…
GUATEMALA CITY: A teenager playing Pokemon Go has been shot dead in Guatemala in what appeared to be random violence that had nothing to do with the game, police said Friday.
GUATEMALA CITY: At least 16 prisoners were killed in a riot in an overcrowded Guatemalan prison on Sunday, and some of the inmates were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, officials said.
GUATEMALA CITY: Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the country's political establishment.
GUATEMALA CITY: A strong earthquake shook the Guatemalan border with Mexico on Monday, killing at least three people, damaging dozens of buildings and triggering landslides.