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Trump Pact With Honduras 'Seals Off' Central America

Administration signs deal to send asylum seekers to country

(Newser) - The Trump administration signed a deal Wednesday with a third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States, the AP reports. The latest agreement, signed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, paves the way to send asylum-seekers... More »

US Siblings' Swim During Guatemala Trip Turns Fatal

Tennessee teen dead, his sister injured after electrical short in hotel pool

(Newser) - A trip to Guatemala turned tragic for a pair of Tennessee siblings Friday when, as they were swimming in their hotel pool, an electrical short occurred, killing one and injuring the other. Seth Washam, 18, who was killed, was slated to attend Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., in the... More »

She Died at Age 7 in CBP Custody. Now, an Official Cause of Death

Jakelin Caal Maquin died of sepsis from strep bacteria, medical examiner says

(Newser) - When Jakelin Caal Maquin arrived Dec. 6 from Guatemala at the US-Mexico border with her father and more than 100 migrants, her family says she'd eaten well during her journey and wasn't sick. By early Dec. 8, the 7-year-old was dead . Customs and Border Protection, which had taken... More »

Jewish Sect Kidnapped New York Children: Report

Prosecutors charge 4 in late-night abduction

(Newser) - Extremist sect, meet the FBI. Prosecutors have charged four men allegedly involved in kidnapping two New York state children in order to haul them down to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group in Guatemala, the Journal News reports. Seems Nachman Helbrans, 36, Mayer Rosner, 42, Jacob Rosner, 20—all of Guatemala—coordinated... More »

For Customs and Border Patrol, Another Tragedy

A Guatemalan 8-year-old boy is dead

(Newser) - US immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in government custody, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month, the AP reports. US Customs and Border Protection say the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday. CBP says the boy showed "signs of potential illness"... More »

Girl Who Died on US Border Goes Home, But Family's Not There

Jakelin Caal arrives in her native Guatemala

(Newser) - The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the US Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was to be driven hours into the countryside and handed over to family members for a last goodbye. A white coffin containing Jakelin Caal was received... More »

She Was Kidnapped and Killed. Her Dad Can't Get Funeral Visa

NC Gov. Roy Cooper hopes authorities will reconsider

(Newser) - The father of a North Carolina teen who was abducted from outside her Lumberton home on Nov. 5 and whose body was found after a three-week search has been blocked from attending her Saturday funeral. Noé Aguilar—the Guatemalan father of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar—was immediately denied a temporary visa... More »

He Took Part in an Atrocity, Is Sentenced to 5,160 Years

Ex-Guatemalan special forces soldier Santos Lopez Alonzo was part of 1982 massacre

(Newser) - Former Guatemalan special forces soldier Santos Lopez Alonzo has been sentenced to 5,160 years in prison—30 years for each of the 171 people whose killings he participated in during a 1982 massacre, and another 30 for the killing of a girl who originally survived the slaughter, the BBC... More »

There Might Soon Be 3 US-Bound Caravans

Group plans to leave El Salvador next week, as Honduran stragglers move north

(Newser) - If the Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward to the US southern border is "the gift that keeps on giving for Donald Trump's midterm elections," as the Telegraph suggests, then a second caravan forming in El Salvador may be the bow on top. An internal report... More »

Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a National Emergency

Thousands of Central Americans marching north are now in Mexico

(Newser) - The size of a migrant caravan marching north toward the US border is increasing in size even as President Trump escalates his rhetoric. In a series of tweets Monday, Trump called the caravan a national emergency, blamed Democrats for weak immigration laws, asserted that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners"... More »

Migrant Caravan Re-Forms in Mexico, Marches Northward

Migrants stream across Guatemala-Mexico border, vote to keep going

(Newser) - Days after trying to break down the fence at the Guatemala-Mexico border , a mass caravan of migrants appears largely unbent in their desire to reach the United States, reports the AP . Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking toward the Mexican... More »

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 »

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