Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina (left) and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who have both faced calls to resign recently over corruption scandals. (Image: Government of Honduras)

Top Story — Corruption scandals in Honduras and Guatemala continue to grow amid protest movements calling for the ouster of both countries’ presidents. On Wednesday, Guatemalan prosecutors announced corruption claims against the lawmaker leading a probe of President Otto Pérez Molina — himself accused of corruption. In Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that due…

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, seen here at the 2013 World Economic Forum. (Image: Michael Wuertenberg, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Guatemala’s Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the legislature to decide whether it will pursue the impeachment of President Otto Pérez Molina, who has faced calls to step down in recent weeks over two corruption scandals that have forced many of his closest associates to resign. A five-member congressional commission…

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández (Image: Government of Honduras)

Top Story — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández admitted Wednesday that his 2013 re-election campaign received money from businesses that played a role in a major corruption scandal involving the Honduran Institute of Social Security, but has denied any involvement in the scandal. In a televised interview, Hernández said that his National Party discovered close…

El Salvador's National Civil Police Director Mauricio Ramírez Lavaverde. (Image: Government of El Salvador)

Top Story — El Salvador saw more murders in the month of May than in any other month since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992, as gang violence continues to surge. Justice Minister Benito Lara made the announcement Tuesday, citing the recent transfers of some 2,600 imprisoned gang members, including several top…

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla. (Image: Government of Guatemala)

Top Story — The Guatemalan intelligence chief, as well as the ministers of the interior, environment and energy resigned on Thursday over a series of separate corruption scandals that have rattled the Central American country. The resignations come one day after police arrested 16 people, including the country’s central bank chief, as part of a…

(Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, Government of Guatemala)

Top Story — Thousands of Guatemalans staged a protest in the capital on Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina after his vice president stepped down in connection with a large corruption scandal. The demonstration in Guatemala City, which was accompanied by smaller rallies nationwide, does not appear to have been organized…

A sign in Rancho Grande, Nicaragua -- "No to mining in Rancho Grande." (Max Serjeant)

RANCHO GRANDE, Nicaragua — Father Pablo Espinosa looks down pensively, taking his time to think as he speaks. “In the history of Nicaragua there is not one town that has benefited from mining,” he says. “I have visited other communities and seen the contamination. All they have is disease and more poverty than before.” Behind…

Former Minister of Defense of El Salvador Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was deported from the United States on Wednesday. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. authorities on Wednesday deported a ex-army general from El Salvador for his alleged role in human rights abuses during that country’s civil war, which ran from 1980 to 1992, the most prominent deportation to date under a law aimed at expelling rights violators. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova lost an appeal with…

Guatemala City, where in the 1940s the U.S. government conducted experiments that non-consensually exposed subjects to STDs. (Rigostar, CC BY-SA 3.0)

NEW YORK — More than 750 Guatemalans filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. city of Baltimore against Johns Hopkins University, drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Rockefeller Foundation over their alleged roles in experiments that intentionally exposed Guatemalan subjects to sexually transmitted diseases in the 1940s and 1950s. The lawsuit alleges that, from 1945 to…

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Top Story — The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals struck down Wednesday the request of a former high-ranking El Salvadoran official that he not be extradited back to his home country to stand trial for tortures and killings committed during El Salvador’s brutal civil war. The appeals panel on Wednesday ruled that Carlos Eugenio Vides…