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Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

Latin American Migrants Turn to Train Hopping Amid Crackdown in Mexico

Migrants from Latin American countries have once again resorted to illegal freight train hopping in an attempt to evade measures aimed at curbing illegal migration deployed by the Mexican government. The government measures have already proven their effectiveness, significantly complicating travel by other means of...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Trump Accuses Central American Migrants As “Thugs” and “Criminals”

US President Donald Trump has accused immigration from Central American entering the United States from the Mexico border of perpetrating crimes and stirring up violence and denounced his country’s asylum program as a "scam". In Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking at an event, Trump underscored...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

No More US Financial Aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

United States President Donald Trump has ordered to suspend financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) said. The U.S.-based outlet Politico reported that some US$627 million, which Congress allocated to the Central American countries last year, are "blocked"...

Guatemala Ring of Police Moonlighting as Hitmen Dismantled

Insightcrime.org - A series of arrests in Guatemala has brought down a criminal group made up of police officers working as drug dealers and hitmen, showing how the country has not been spared from the growing crisis of police criminality across the region. The network,...

Guatemala: Truck slams into crowd leaving at least 32 dead, 19 injured

A large truck crashed into a crowd of people gathered on the Interamericana highway near the town of Nahuala, located west of Guatemala City on Wednesday night, killing dozens and leaving bodies scattered on the road. At least 33 people died in the crash, with...

Backpacker stripped naked before falling to her death in Guatemala volcano

British backpacker Catherine Shaw is believed to have stripped naked while hiking on a Guatemalan volcano to watch the sunrise before a fatal fall. The 23-year-old from Witney, Oxfordshire was reported missing on March 5 after she left Hotel Mayachik, near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala....

Guatemala Calls for General Elections For June 16

Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) called for general elections for June 16, 2019, as the country is going through a political crisis fostered by President Jimmy Morales’s conflict with the U.N. Anti-Graft body. “The Supreme Electoral Court calls to participation with a civi spirit, in...

Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

(Insightcrime.org)  With migrants fleeing murder and violence in droves and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation programs seem evermore appealing. But their impact will continue to be limited unless governments invest time and resources in more...

Thousands Evacuated as Guatemala Volcano Erupts Again

(TelesurTv) Authorities in Guatemala declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people early Monday after the country's fiery Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain. The volcano last erupted in early November without...

Ibero-American summit calls to address migration

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) Leaders at a summit of Ibero-American nations called Friday for development and assistance for the poor to alleviate waves of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, political instability and persecution in the Americas. More than a dozen presidents and King Felipe VI of Spain...

Nicaragua qualifies president Carlos Alvarado as ‘ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous and snoopy’

The government of Daniel Ortega did not hold anything back to offend President Carlos Alvarado for his criticism of the internal situation in Nicaragua. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua issued a statement Friday where it calls Alvarado, among others things, "ill-educated, meddlesome, contemptuous...

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano on Verge of Eruption

Guatemalan Authorities warned that the Fuego volcano registered about 14 explosions per hour, so they foresee that in the next hours or days it will erupt. Authorities generated an alert Friday, that the Fuego Volcano might start to erupt at any time. The National Institute of...

Honduran Asylum Seeker Dies in Clash with Mexican Police

Henry Diaz, 26, died Sunday after receiving a rubber bullet in the head during clashes with the Mexican Federal Police on the border between Mexico and Guatemala, reported sources from Guatemala’s National Police. Mexican Police deployed on the Mexican border in order to prevent migrants...

Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and...

Honduras migrant caravan organizer detained in Guatemala

(Merco Press) The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as the U.S. government threatened to withdraw aid from both countries and El Salvador if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped. Up to...

Guatemalan president lashes out at UN investigator before world body

(dpa) – A UN-backed anti-corruption mission in Guatemala is a threat to peace in the country, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told the world body Tuesday. Thus, he said, the mandate of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) would not be extended beyond 2019,...

Guatemala Responds After President Attacks Anti-Corruption Protests (Photos)

Guatemalans took to the streets Friday to protest president Jimmy Morales' announcement that the government would not renew the work visas of the members of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), just days after Congress announced they would move forward with a...

Guatemala Independence Marked by Calls for Morales to Resign

As President Jimmy Morales gave a speech Friday night to celebrate Guatemala's 197 years of independence in the Constitution square, citizens chanted the slogan "Get Out! Get Out!" Annually on September 14, Guatemalans carry the fire of the independence in symbolic marches. This year, in...

Northern Triangle Exceeds US$ 10 billion in remittances

Remittances sent by migrants to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, exceeded US$10 billion dollars between January and July of this year, according to their central banks. Guatemala leads with the highest flow of dollars and a growth of 10.62%...

Guatemala Business React to the Nicaragua Crisis

One of the decisions taken by Guatemalan businessmen with interests in Nicaragua is to suspend new investments until the situation in the country is normalized. Due to the social and political situation that the country has been experiencing for more than three months, Guatemalan investors...

Car With US Embassy Employee Comes Under Fire in Guatemala, No Injuries – Reports

A vehicle transporting a US embassy employee came under fire in southern Guatemala Sunday evening but there were no injuries, a spokesman for the country's national police said. A spokesman for the embassy confirmed the incident and said U.S. officials were working with police to...

Latin America One of Three Regions With Persistent Deforestation

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation continues, according to The State of the World’s Forests 2018, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The FAO report indicates that between 1990 and 2015, the world's forests decreased...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

More Fire From Volcano Fuego in Guatemala

A new flow of water and volcanic material at high speed descended today on Sunday from the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, two weeks after its largest eruption since 1974. A bulletin from the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) stated the lahar...

Guatemala Calls for International Help: Death Toll Rises To 109

The death toll from last week’s devastating volcanic explosion in Guatemala has risen to 109, the National Forensic Sciences Institute (INACIF) said. Almost 200 people reported missing. It updated on Thursday the previous day’s count of 99 victims after ten more bodies were delivered to...

Why Guatemala’s Volcanic Eruption Is So Much Deadlier Than Hawaii’s

Rico's TICO BULL - A report on CNN explains how Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption is so much deadlier than Hawaii's Kilauea eruption, though both eruptions swallowed homes and reminded everyone how ferocious nature can be. The huge differences between Guatemala's volcano eruption, which has killed...

Guatemala Volcano Search and Recovery Suspended: Death 109 & 200 Still Missing

Rescuers have suspended search and recovery efforts at villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, leaving people with missing loved ones distraught and prompting some to take up the risky work themselves with rudimentary tools. CONRED, the national disaster agency, said weather conditions...

Can Costa Rica Volcanos Erupt Same As The Fuego Volcano?

Mother Nature in a country like Costa Rica is unpredictable. And, therefore, it makes it difficult to predict if at some point we will endure eruptions similar to those that caused a wake of death and destruction in Guatemala in the last few days. The...

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