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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 »

Large Mayan Frieze Found in Guatemala

Archeologists were exploring pyramid

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found an "extraordinary" Mayan frieze richly decorated with images of deities and rulers and a long dedicatory inscription. The frieze was discovered in the northern Province of Petenelli by a team led by Guatemalan archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, a professor at Tulane. The archaeologists were exploring a Mayan... More »

Ex-Dictator's Genocide Conviction Overturned

Guatemala court orders weeks of Montt trial to be redone

(Newser) - Guatemala's highest court has chucked out the historic genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. The court overturned the conviction—which brought an 80-year sentence for the 86-year-old former military strongman—and ordered for his trial to be rewound to April 19, when there was a dispute between... More »

Ex-Dictator, 86, Gets 80 Years for Genocide

Efrain Rios Montt of Guatemala convicted in mass deaths of villagers

(Newser) - A former Guatemalan dictator earned an awful place in history yesterday when he became the first former head of state convicted of genocide in his own country, reports the BBC . A court sentenced 86-year-old Efrain Rios Montt to 50 years for genocide and another 30 years for crimes against humanity,... More »

Rumors Swirl Drug Lord Joaquín Guzmán Shot Dead

Guatemala sends investigators to determined what happened in jungle fight

(Newser) - An intense gun battle yesterday in the remote jungle of northern Guatemala has people wondering if notorious drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera could be dead, reports the Los Angeles Times . Guatemalan authorities are sending in security forces to investigate, but at this point officials cannot even confirm... More »

Guatemala Ex-Dictator Heads for Genocide Trial

Montt accused of overseeing atrocities against Mayan civilians

(Newser) - A former US-backed dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala's civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture, and displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians, a judge has ruled. Human rights advocates have said that the prosecution of Jose Efrain Rios... More »

McAfee in Miami: I Faked Illness

Antivirus guru says he 'played crazy card'

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in the US , regaling ABC News with his latest adventures. After he arrived in Miami, he was met by several officers. "I said, 'Am I arrested?' They said, 'No, sir, I am here to help you.' That felt the best of all,... More »

McAfee Released, Arrives in US

Flies from Guatemala to Miami

(Newser) - John McAfee might get out of this yet: He arrived back in the US tonight after being freed from a Guatemalan detention facility , reports AP . His plane touched down in Miami, though it's not clear where he goes next. "I've been running through jungles and rivers and... More »

Guatemala Orders Release of John McAfee

Tycoon has 10 days to resolve his status, hopes to return to US

(Newser) - Looks like there may not be a trial in McAfee's future: A judge has ordered John McAfee freed from a Guatemalan detention center, a lawyer for the colorful antivirus tycoon says. The lawyer says that the judge has declared McAfee's detention illegal and given him 10 days to... More »

McAfee's New Plan: Go to US

Anti-virus pioneer fighting extradition to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee's request for political asylum in Guatemala was rejected, so he has a new plan: Return to the United States. "America is my home. It’s where I was raised," he said last night during an online press conference. "I simply would like to live... More »

Tests: McAfee Had Nervous Breakdown, Not Heart Attack

Lawyers appeal to Supreme Court, seeking to prevent return to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in a Guatemalan immigration detention center, awaiting extradition to Belize, after medical tests showed he did not have a heart attack yesterday , but rather a nervous breakdown, reports CNN . Guatemalan officials turned down McAfee's bid for asylum, but his lawyers have filed a bid with... More »

McAfee Hospitalized After Heart Attacks: Lawyer

It happens just before he was to be deported to Belize

(Newser) - The John McAfee drama isn't ending with his arrest. The tech-guru-turned-fugitive has been hospitalized in Guatemala after suffering what his lawyer describes as two mild heart attacks, reports Reuters . McAfee himself tells AP it was just chest pain. Either way, the hospitalization comes as Guatemalan authorities prepare to deport... More »

John McAfee Nabbed in Guatemala

Software pioneer to be expelled to Belize: officials

(Newser) - OK, this time it's for real: Software designer John McAfee illegally entered Guatemala hoping for political asylum—instead he's been arrested by Guatemalan police, who plan to send him back to Belize. He should be back in Belize this morning, a Guatemalan government spokesman says. But McAfee's... More »

John McAfee: I'm Seeking Asylum in Guatemala

Fugitive software innovator fears returning to Belize

(Newser) - Surfacing in public for the first time in weeks, software company founder John McAfee says he plans to ask for asylum in Guatemala, saying he fears persecution in Belize. McAfee is now at a hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of neighboring Belize, where police have called him a... More »

Second Strong Quake Rattles Guatemala

6.1 quake causes panic

(Newser) - Guatemala has been hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake, less than a week after a 7.2 quake killed at least 52 people and made thousands of people homeless. There have been no immediate reports of deaths or major damage, but the latest temblor caused widespread panic and was felt... More »

7.4 Quake Hits Off Guatemala, 39 Dead

Buildings shake as far away as Mexico City

(Newser) - At least 39 people died in Guatemala today after a mighty 7.4-magnitude quake struck just off the coast. President Otto Perez Molina declared a state of emergency, urging people to evacuate tall buildings, the BBC reports. The quake hit about 15 miles southwest of Champerico at a depth of... More »

Archaeologists Find Maya Warrior Queen

Meet the 'Lady Snake Lord'

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Guatemala think they've found the resting place of an ancient Maya warrior queen with the awesome nickname of Lady Snake Lord, reports the National Geographic . Her more formal name was Lady K'abel, and she ruled for 20 years in the late 7th century. A slew of... More »

Thousands Flee Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire'

'It sounded like a pressure cooker that wouldn't stop,' evacuee says

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people fled their homes yesterday after Guatemala's Volcan del Fuego—"Volcano of Fire"—blew its top, spewing ash over a wide area and hurling burning rocks thousands of feet in the air, reports the BBC . The tourist center of Antigua, just six miles... More »

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