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61K Hidden Structures Reveal 'Unimaginable' Mayans

Archaeologists look at the details of earlier LIDAR survey

(Newser) - Maya civilization was no mere collection of city states using slash-and-burn farming—that we learned earlier this year . Now archaeologists are looking deeper into an airborne survey that revealed a formidable civilization double the size of medieval England at its peak 1,200 years ago, Ars Technica reports. The survey,... More »

Limestone Altar Reveals Secret of Mayan Rule

Guatemalan engraving may reveal how rival dynasty defeated Tikal

(Newser) - How do you conquer a powerful Mayan city-state? Forge a political dynasty, ally with smaller surrounding cities, and slowly envelop until you become leader of the Serpent Kingdom—at least according to one take on a newly unveiled Mayan altar, the AP reports. Discovered in 2017 at the Guatemalan site... More »

A Reunion for Mom, 6-Year-Old Separated at Border

Pair is among those returned to Guatemala from US

(Newser) - Nine Guatemalan child migrants who were taken from their parents at the US border arrived home for tearful reunions Tuesday as the Trump administration tries to comply with a court order to return hundreds of separated minors to their families. "I want to see my mama," the AP... More »

'Volcano of Fire' Death Toll Could Be in the Hundreds

It wiped an entire village off the map.

(Newser) - At least 75 people are now confirmed dead in the eruption of Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" and authorities fear the true death toll could be in the hundreds. At least 192 people are missing and one village, El Rodeo, has been almost completely wiped off the map by... More »

'Volcano of Fire' Erupts Explosively, Killing Dozens

It sent a river of lava into Guatemalan villages

(Newser) - Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego—"Volcano of Fire"—lived up to its name on Sunday with an explosive eruption that killed at least 25 people. The volcano, around 27 miles southwest of Guatemala City, spewed rocks and ash into the air and the country's National Disaster Management... More »

Mayan Civilization Has Been 'Grossly Underestimated'

60K structures, including a pyramid, revealed in Guatemala

(Newser) - Only a handful of ancient Mayan temples rise above a dense jungle of trees in Guatemala. But what's obscured by the thick foliage, revealed for the first time, is evidence of a sprawling civilization to rival ancient Greece or China. Using LiDAR technology (Light Detection And Ranging), which measures... More »

Another Country Follows Trump's Lead on Israel

Guatemala says it also will move its embassy to Jerusalem

(Newser) - Guatemala's president says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change, per the AP . Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday... More »

They Were Injected With STDs. Now They Want Justice

Federal judge gives go-ahead for $1B lawsuit on 'Guatemala Experiment'

(Newser) - Nearly 850 victims and relatives are celebrating a "significant win" after a Baltimore federal judge allowed attorneys to proceed with a $1 billion lawsuit (initially dismissed last year) against Johns Hopkins University and others involving a 1940s offshore disease test. The Baltimore Sun reports on the "Guatemala Experiment,... More »

Fugitive Mexican Gov Busted in Tourist Town

Javier Duarte abruptly quit amid corruption allegations, fled to Guatemala

(Newser) - The former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered millions of dollars from state coffers was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and high-profile symbol of government graft in his country. Javier Duarte, pale and visibly tired,... More »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... More »

Fire Sweeps Through Crowded Children's Shelter, Killing 22

Guatemalan officials say youths were rioting

(Newser) - A fire swept through the female section of a crowded children's shelter near Guatemala City early Wednesday and officials said at least 22 girls died and dozens more were injured. Photos from inside the shelter showed blue sheets covering sneaker-clad bodies and bits of foam mattresses in what appeared... More »

Victims of Horrific 1940s Study Still Wait in Pain

Slate describes their fight to get compensation

(Newser) - In 2010, Hillary Clinton was among those to apologize on behalf of the US for horrific medical experiments that government researchers performed on Guatemalans in the 1940s. More than 1,000 were infected with STDs without their consent and at least 83 died as researchers sought to prevent illness in... More »

Maya Weathered One Collapse; the Second Proved Fatal

Hundreds of years apart, the collapses were eerily similar: study

(Newser) - The Maya civilization suffered "waves" of war and political instability before its collapse in the 2nd century. The civilization later recovered, but history would repeat itself just a few hundred years later, delivering a final blow, researchers explain in a PNAS study offering a clear chronology of the civilization'... More »

Comedian Elected Guatemalan President

He promises free smartphones, anti-corruption drive

(Newser) - Guatemalans are hoping the joker they just elected will be better than the crook they just got rid of . Jimmy Morales, a TV comedian with no political experience, has been elected president with a whopping 72% of the vote, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres, reports the BBC , which notes... More »

Death Toll in Guatemala Mudslide Reaches 56

More than 300 people are still missing

(Newser) - A Guatemalan emergency official says the number of people killed when a hillside collapsed Friday on more than 100 homes has risen to 56. Julio Sanchez, a spokesperson for Guatemala's volunteer firefighters, says officials estimate that 350 people remain missing. The previous death toll was 30 and estimates of... More »

Corruption Scandal Takes Down Guatemala's Prez

Otto Perez Molina resigns amid accusations of fraud, bribery

(Newser) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink. A spokesman says Perez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight after he was ordered to stand in front of a judge in the customs fraud case, which already... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

Jewish Group Forced Out of Guatemalan Village

Ultra orthodox Lev Tahor community faced opposition from villagers

(Newser) - An ultra Orthodox Jewish group trying to put down roots in a remote Guatemalan village is on the move again after villagers gave them the boot, reports Reuters . The group of about 230 Lev Tahor Jews began boarding buses yesterday for Guatemala City after village elders threatened to cut off... More »

'Drug Mule' Found With 14-Inch Incision

Guatemalan was cut open to retrieve drugs, reports suggest

(Newser) - Massachusetts police have made an arrest in the case of an alleged drug mule whose body was reportedly cut open to retrieve smuggled drugs, WCVB reports. Eight days ago, residents of Duxbury, Mass., found a box giving off a strong smell—and inside discovered a man whose torso had been... More »

Bus Plunges Into 600-Foot Canyon, Killing 44

3 babies among the dead in Guatemala crash

(Newser) - A bus plunged into a deep river canyon in northwestern Guatemala today, leaving at least 44 people dead, according to officials. An additional 46 people were injured and taken to hospitals, says Mario Cruz, a spokesman for the volunteer fire department in the area. At the accident site, medical personnel... More »

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