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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...

About 200 Reported Missing Over Guatemala’s Volcano Eruption – Authorities

The number of people who were reported missing after Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano eruption amounted to nearly 200 people, Sergio Cabanas, the head of the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala, said. The country's National Institute of Forensic Sciences said on Tuesday that bodies of...

Guatemala Volcano Death Toll Climbs To 69

Guatemala's national disaster agency CONRED said on Monday the death toll from the Fuego volcano eruption Sunday is 69. Officials said just 17 victims had been identified because the intense heat of the volcanic debris left most bodies unrecognizable. "It is very difficult for us...

Guatemala Volcano Death Toll Rises To 62 (Photos)

The latest on the deadly volcano eruption in Guatemala is 62, at 1:00 p.m. Monday, confirmed the director of Guatemala's National Institute of Forensic Science. Fanuel Garcia said there could be more deaths, but that is the number of bodies so far recovered, and so...

Deadly Guatemala Volcano Eruption In Photos

At least 25 people have been killed, while an unconfirmed number of people have been injured in Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption. Photos from Twitter      

Watch Aftermath of Deadly Guatemala Volcano Eruption From Above

The Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala has wreaked havoc in the country, leading to the deaths of at least 25 people and injuries of hundreds more, as well as mass evacuations and disruption of the work of a major airport. A drone has captured the...

Guatemalan Volcano Erupts: 25 Killed, Over 2000 Evacuated (Photos)

At least 25 people were killed when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday for the second time this year, spewing ash and rock and forcing the airport to close, the country's disaster agency said. "The toll was 25 dead as of 9:00 pm (0300 GMT Monday),"...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Guatemala Moves Its Embassy to Jerusalem, PLO Criticizes Action

(Prensa Latina) Following the steps taken this week by the United States, Guatemala carried out today the transfer of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, an action strongly criticized by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). During the opening ceremony of the embassy, Guatemalan President, Jimmy...

“Common Visa” Proposed For Tourism In The Region

The organization of the Central American Council of Tourism recently held a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue the search for concrete actions in favor of greater integration and cooperation, such as a common visa, which will result in the growth of...

How to resolve the territorial conflict between Belize and Guatemala

On Sunday, April 15, Guatemala held a referendum to determine whether it’s willing to take the border conflict with Belize to the International Court of Justice. With an admittedly low turnout of just 26%, a very high percentage of 95% voted affirmatively on the proposal....

Former Miss ‘Monoseada’ In Guatemala

Few men could resist the charms of the former Miss Karina Ramos, who visited Guatemala over the weekend and took the opportunity to play with a little monkey. The Costa Rican model was Guatemalandia celebrating Earth Day in the company of Chispita. Les presento a Chispita...

A Tale of Two Countries

Aaron Aalborg is a retired international banker, economist and business advisor now living in Grecia. He wrote this on return from a birding trip to Guatemala last week. He has written a number of thrillers available from Amazon.com It is eight years since my wife...

Four Central American cities among the most violent

San Salvador and San Pedro Sula have improved, although they remain among the most violent city in Central America: San Salvador in 17th place globally improved by ten positions compared to 2016, in the ranking by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal...

Guatemala becomes world’s largest melon exporter

Guatemala has taken over Spain's position at the top of the world ranking of melon exporting countries. This has been revealed by data supplied by COMTRADE, the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), under code 080719 (fresh and refrigerated MELON) of the Tariff Integrated...

Guatemala to Claim US$122 Million From Odebrecht

Following the Brazilian construction company's abandonment of the road work contract that had been awarded, the government intends to make a claim on the advance payment and performance bails which amounts to US$122 million dollars. The contract consisting of the extension of 140 kilometers of...

Guatemalan Authorities Detain Oxfam International Chairman Over Corruption

Guatemalan authorities have detained Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, the chairman of the Oxfam International charity's board, over corruption charges during his tenure as the finance minister of the Latin American country, media reported Tuesday. According to the Financial Times, Fuentes was detained along with a...

Lost Mayan ‘Mega Cities’ Discovered Under Jungle in Guatemala

Researchers have uncovered more than 60,000 structures, including pyramids, palaces and causeways through the power of ground-penetrating laser technology. The breakthrough laser technology, dubbed LiDAR (light detection and ranging), was used to map 2,100 square kilometers of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Peten region...

Costa Rica ‘Best Country’ In The Region

With high scores on travel and doing business, Costa Rica is the best country in Central America, according to US News Overall Best Countries index, made in partnership with Y&R consultants and The Wharton School. Costa Rica, in 45th position worldwide, is followed by Panama...

The Never Ending Problem of Tax Refunds

Guatemalan businessmen claim that their operations are being affected by delays up to three years in the tax refunds, when the established periods are 30 to 60 days. Last week, the Public Prosecutor's Office announced the dismantling of a structure that facilitated refunds of the...

Guatemala business leader wanted for graft seeks U.S. asylum

(Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon, who is wanted on graft charges, has sought asylum in the United States after he was arrested while trying to enter the country, authorities from both nations said. Baldizon, a wealthy businessman who ran for president twice,...

Guatemala US$95 Million for Educational Infrastructure

The government of Guatemala plans to start renovation works on 160 schools nationwide in 2018. Officials of the Executive announced that the Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing (CIV), will be responsible for renovating 160 schools in different areas of the country. For these works,...

Surge in US immigration comes from Northern Triangle

The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country’s overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico. During these same years, the total...

NAFTA Doubts Sees Surge In Central American Apparel Exports

Central American apparel exports are on the up thanks to rising US demand for high-performance synthetic activewear and ongoing uncertainty NAFTA uncertainty over Mexico's position in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Guatemala's apparel exports are set to rise 7.5% to just over $1.6bn...

FAC Expands Online Card-Processing Services

Payments technology company First Atlantic Commerce  (FAC)  has expanded its online card-processing services across Central America. The Bermudian-based payment gateway can now offer payment solutions to merchants in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua through a new integration to a processor in the...

Guatemala Mayor ‘Tres Kiebres’: The Art of Being ‘3 Times Broken’

(InsightCrime) The atmosphere was light, almost jovial, as Ipala's Mayor Esduin Javier turned to the next item on the agenda. The issue was what the people at the municipality's monthly town hall called a "Boulevard." Boulevard was perhaps a strong word for most places,...

Former Guatemalan vice-president tells judge she’s innocent

(AP) — Guatemala’s former vice president has told a judge that she is innocent of corruption charges and had no role in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy. Roxana Baldetti spoke for the first time to a judge about charges related to an alleged scheme to let...

How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report by Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and the Inter-American Dialogue titled "Beneath the Violence" at an October 3 event in Washington, DC, shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and...

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, Central America Continues Anti-Gang Focus

QCostarica via InsightCrime - Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount such large-scale efforts against gangs has not been matched by an equivalent committment to tackle recent allegations of...

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