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Folk Singer’s Death Highlights Guatemala’s Senseless Violence

After the murder of Facundo Cabral, a well-known Argentine singer, Guatemala's government was quick to offer an explanation: the hit was aimed at a nightclub owner...
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Death Toll Rises in Guatemala With Candidate’s Murder

A candidate running for city council was killed June 23 in Guatemala, bringing the total of campaign-related attacks this year to...
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Why Violence Could Boil Over in Guatemala Elections

Guatemala has already seen over 20 political murders linked to the 2011 elections. The indications are that violence will continue, if not increase, during what...
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Guatemalan Mayoral Candidate Killed

A candidate for the mayoralty of a suburb of Guatemala City was murdered on Thursday, making him the second candidate for the position to be gunned down in recent...
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Popular Guatemala Mayor’s Ties to ‘Narco Family’

A profile from the Guatemalan online news site Plaza Publica of a flamboyant former mayor from north Guatemala, who slashed poverty and protected the environment...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden...
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Guatemala to Extend State of Siege

Guatemala has decided to prolong the state of siege in the northern province of Peten by 30 days. The measure was imposed following a massacre by the Zetas drug...