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Guatemala's First Couple Divorcing...

...so wife can dodge constitution and run for Alvaro Colom's seat

(Newser) - Guatemala's first couple appear to be trying to keep power in the family—by splitting up the family. President Alvaro Colom and wife Sandra Torres de Colom have filed for divorce "by mutual consent" to allow her to stand for election this fall to replace him, the Telegraph reports.... More »

Guatemala Mudslides Kill 28; 60-Plus Missing

President declares national emergency, shutters highway

(Newser) - Mudslides buried at least two buses on a Guatemalan highway that leads toward Mexico yesterday, reports the AP, leaving 28 dead and at least 60 more missing. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom closed the highway and declared a national emergency, saying, "There are several hillsides that are loose and could... More »

Guatemalan Arranged Own Death, Blamed Prez: UN

Lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg had cousins hire hitmen, panel concludes

(Newser) - A UN investigation has concluded that Rodrigo Rosenberg, the Guatemalan lawyer who recorded a video blaming president Alvaro Colom for his death days before he was gunned down in the street, actually planned his own death. The report says it used phone records to verify that Rosenberg had asked two... More »

Guatemalan Jailed for Tweeting Dissent

(Newser) - Guatemalan authorities have arrested an IT worker who urged others on Twitter to withdraw their money from a state-run bank at the center of a murder controversy, the Guardian reports. “First concrete action should be (to) remove cash from Banrural and bankrupt the bank of the corrupt,” read... More »

Dead Man Says Guatemalan President Killed Him

(Newser) - A Guatemalan lawyer killed Sunday in an apparent assassination left behind a blockbuster legacy: A video accusing President Alvaro Colom of orchestrating his murder. Released at Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano’s funeral, the tape shows the lawyer explaining calmly that Colom had it in for him because one of his... More »

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