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U.S. vows to work more closely Mexico and Guatemala against cartels

The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala formed a special body to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. The Trilateral Security Desk evaluates intelligence and border risks to combat human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal weapons and drugs in the region, Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told…

Guatemalan gangs recruiting kids as young as 6 years old

Guatemala’s gangs are using children as young as six to transport drugs and weapons among other crimes, a senior official said in an interview published Wednesday. Government data shows that gangs also sometimes tap children as young as 11 — and routinely recruit teenagers — to commit murder, Deputy Minister…

Thousands of motorcycle pilgrims pay homage to Guatemala’s ‘Black Christ’

Some 35,000 motorcyclists roared through the streets of Guatemala City Saturday for an annual pilgrimage to the Cristo Negro — the shrine of the Black Christ — one of this country’s most venerated icons. The riders, many toting wives or children on their backs, will cover 195 kilometers (120 miles)…

Thousands protest domestic violence at Guatemala volcano demonstration

About 12,000 Guatemalans on Saturday linked hands on a giant heart banner on the slopes of a volcano crater to draw attention to the scourge of domestic violence. New President Otto Perez, a rightwing general who took office last Saturday, arrived on the scene by helicopter and handed a Guatemalan…

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