Guatemala court orders dictator to restand late part of trial

Efrain Rios Montt

Guatemala's top court has overturned the genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, ordering that the trial be taken back to the middle of the proceedings. The ruling on Monday threw into disarray a process that had been hailed as historic for delivering the first guilty verdict for genocide against a former Latin American leader.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:21am

Guatemala's Efrain Rios Montt convicted of genocide, war crimes

Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of a 36-year genocide that left about 200,000 indigenous people dead or missing. Photo: AFP

Ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes stemming from massacres of indigenous people during Guatemala's long civil war.

12 May 2013 - 7:22am

Genocide trial of former Guatemalan leader Rios Montt opens with high drama

Former Guatemalan strongman Jose Efrain Rios Montt is besieged by journalists just before his genocide trial opens. Photo: AFP

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Rios Montt has gone on trial on genocide charges over the killing of almost 1,800 indigenous people during the dark days of his country's civil war. The trial of the 86-year-old former strongman, who could face five decades in prison, had a raucous opening on Tuesday with the three-judge court rejecting several defence motions for a postponement, and expelling a lawyer representing Rios Montt.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Guatemala deports software pioneer McAfee to US

John McAfee arrives at the airport in Guatemala City bound for Miami. Photo: AFP

John McAfee’s odyssey on the run opened a new chapter on Wednesday after Guatemala deported to the United States the former Silicon Valley entrepreneur wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

McAfee in hospital scare after losing asylum bid

John McAfee lies in an ambulance, to be transferred from an immigration detention centre to a hospital, in Guatemala City on Thursday. Photo: AP

Guatemala refused on Thursday to grant asylum to US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee and said he would be deported back to Belize to answer questions over his neighbour’s murder.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Strong quake strikes off Guatemala

A woman is in tears during a funeral for victims of Friday's earthquake in San Marcos. Photo: Xinhua

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Sunday, just days after a tremor in the same area left 42 people dead, Guatemalan President Otto Perez said.

The aftershock triggered some landslides but “fortunately we have no human losses to lament”, Perez told reporters.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Violent Guatemala earthquake kills 48

Guatemalans stand among the destruction of the quake. Photo: AP

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has rocked southwestern Guatemala, killing 48 people and injuring another 150, with more suspected victims missing in the wreckage.

9 Nov 2012 - 11:07am

Strong earthquake off Guatemala kills at least 48

Residents standing near debris after an earthquake in San Marcos in Guatemala. A strong quake off the coast of Guatemala has killed at least 48 people. Photo: Xinhua

A strong earthquake off the coast of Guatemala killed at least 48 people and trapped others under rubble on Wednesday, crushing homes and cars, destroying roads and forcing evacuations as far away as Mexico City.

9 Nov 2012 - 10:54am

Mayans in Guatemala demand an end to promotion of doomsday myth

Guatemala's Mayan people accused the government and tour groups of cynically perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the end of the world.

"We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles," said Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlajuj Ajpop.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:21pm

Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey's double helps US beat Guatemala 3-1

United States striker Clint Dempsey celebrates. Photo: AP

Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey scored two goals to lead the United States to a 3-1 win over visiting Guatemala and into next year's North American final round of qualifying.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:06pm

Guatemala volcano erupts outside tourist centre

People evacuated from Morazan arrive at a shelter in a school of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, 90km south of Guatemala City after their village was affected by ash released by the Volcan de Fuego. Guatemala's Volcano of Fire had its strongest eruption in a decade on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A long-simmering volcano exploded with a series of powerful eruptions outside one of Guatemala’s most famous tourist attractions on Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly three kilometres high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and prompting evacuation orders for more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

14 Sep 2012 - 9:46am

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14 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

by Francisco Goldman

Grove Press

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Central Americans reject bid

In a surprise move, Taiwan's five Central American allies have declined to sign a bilateral free trade agreement when the President Lee Teng-hui visits the region in September.

7 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Satr-spangled bangers

The menu is monumental, featuring more than 1,6000 items, from sandwiches to potato skins, to burgers by the score. The bar list is nearly as big. There's Welsh ale, German weizen, or black beer grom Guatemala......

23 Mar 1994 - 12:00am