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Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

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…

Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

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…

Guatemala in mourning after blaze kills 22 girls in shelter

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,…