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Ex-Guatemalan president says he's innocent in graft case.

Former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has told a judge he is innocent of the corruption charges against him.

- FOX News - US

MS-13 'gang leader' Blanco captured in Guatemala.

He was reportedly wanted in connection with a gun attack on a hospital in which seven died.

- BBC - UK

This VR Exhibit Lets You Witness The Refugee Crisis Firsthand.

'Forced from Home,' brings the refugee crisis as close to the American public as possible–and hopes to create more empathy by doing so. Inside the dome at the entrance to 'Forced from Home,' an interactive exhibit created by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontièrs , an image of the arid landscape ...

- Fast Company - US

Guatemalan midwife shares stories to urge support for Cobourg's Horizons of Friendship.

Guatemalan midwife speaks at Cobourg NGO to inspire education and support for women in her home country.

- Global News - CA

Guatemala Supreme Court Will Not Probe President's Salary Bonus.

Guatemala's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would not investigate the country's president for receiving a salary bonus that made him one of Latin America's best-paid leaders. President Jimmy Morales received 50,000 quetzals each month as a "Bonus for Extraordinary Responsibility" from the Defense Ministry that was not ...

- Voice of America - US

In Mexico, undocumented migrants risk deportation to aid earthquake victims.

A brigade of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have interrupted their trek north to stay in Mexico and support earthquake recovery efforts.

- The Conversation - UK

Genocide trial against ex-Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt to restart.

GUATEMALA CITY - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will face a second trial on Friday for genocide, a lawyer for victims said, reviving a case against the strongman accused of ordering massacres of Maya Indians during a long civil war.

- Reuters - US

EU Sakharov prize shortlist revealed.

The Venezuelan opposition, a Guatemalan indigenous leader and an imprisoned Eritrean writer were shortlisted on Tuesday for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

- EurActive - UK

Their Coffee Is World-Renowned. Now More Guatemalans Are Actually Drinking It.

The rise of independent cafes and popular artisanal brewing methods have sparked a growth in national consumption. Now, about 10 percent of coffee produced in the Central American country stays there.

- NPR - US

Venezuela opposition among Sakharov prize short list.

The Venezuelan democratic opposition, imprisoned Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak and Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, an environmental and human rights activist in Guatemala, are the three shortlisted contenders for the Sakharov prize, the European Parliament's award for human rights. They were chosen by the parliament's ...

- EU Observer - EU

Tropical Storm Nate causes floods in Central America, more than a dozen people dead.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua The Tropical Storm has hit Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, and is predicted to become a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula and land along the Gulf ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Deadly Tropical Storm Nate causes heavy rains and landslides in Central America

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama The death toll from Tropical Storm Nate has risen to 28, with 14 people missing. The storm is making its way to the US Gulf Coast, where it is projected to make landfall as a hurricane. Tropical Storm ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

OIM presenta aplicación para socorrer a los migrantes en Mesoamérica

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua La OIM lanzó el 28 de septiembre una aplicación para dispositivos móviles, la MigrantApp, que proveerá información fidedigna y segura a los migrantes que requieran servicios de protección y ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

What Guatemala's political crisis means for anti-corruption efforts everywhere

Two weeks ago, Guatemala's attorney general and the head of a U.N.-backed international commission jointly asked the legislature there to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales after uncovering over $800,000 in hidden and unexplained funds that went to his party's 2015 campaign. Two days later, Morales deepened ...

- Brookings - US

Repeal of Protection for US Dreamers, in Their Own Words

Kevin Emanuel Duarte Chon, 21, is blunt about what it means to him if the plug is pulled on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: It would essentially mean my life is over.' Expand Kevin Emanuel Duarte Chon, a Dreamer,' speaks with Human Right Watch during a protest against the Trump administration's ...

- Human Rights Watch - US