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Guatemala Profile

Guatemala's criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation for decades. They include...
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Guatemala Seeks to Curb Crimes Committed from Jails

The Guatemalan Public Ministry and the National Police say they have identified five major leaders of the Barrio 18 (M-18)  gang currently held at the maximum...
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Belize May Begin Patrolling Guatemalan Border

Belize's ambassador to Guatemala has said that the Belize military may begin patrolling the Guatemalan side of the border in order to better combat a "spillover" of...
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RawFeed: Governor of Peten Calls for ‘State of Siege’

The governor of Guatemala’s embattled frontier province Peten has asked the federal government to declare a state of siege in his department as Mexico’s cartels...
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Guatemala Braces for Major Confrontation With Zetas

As Mexican drug traffickers continue to operate with impunity in Guatemala’s dense borderland jungles, the Guatemalan military is readying itself for a major...
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Attacks on Electric Towers Spark Rumors of Guatemalan Insurgency

Clandestine elements have launched a series of attacks against transmission towers in rural Guatemala, in response to a controversial hydroelectric development...
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Guatemalans (and a Gringo) Talk ‘State of Siege’

After the Guatemalan government extended its "State of Siege" in the province of Alta Verapaz, where Mexican drug cartels like the Zetas are allegedly based, a...
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Colom: Central American Nations to Join Forces Against Zetas

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will create a special task force charged with confronting the Zetas, said President Alvaro Colom, as the Guatemalan security...
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Portillo’s Trial a Test for Guatemala’s Weak Justice System

In what is undoubtedly the biggest test in the history of the traditionally rickety Guatemalan justice system, the trial of Guatemalan President, Alfonso Portillo,...