Maya-Q'eqchi victims at the opening of Monday's trial (Image: Prensa Libre TV)

Top Story — Two former soldiers in Guatemala went on trial Monday for the alleged rape, sexual enslavement, forced disappearance and murder of indigenous men and women in a 10-month period during the country’s 36-year civil war. The trial marks the first time in history that sexual slavery will be prosecuted as a war crime…

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Guatemala’s new President Jimmy Morales took office on Thursday. The former comedian rode into office on a wave of populist discontent, but in the wake of his election observers have raised concerns over his lack of political experience and his party’s ties to human rights abuses committed during the country’s 36-year civil…

Guatemala Attorney General Thelma Aldana (Image: Canal Antigua, YouTube)

Guatemalan authorities detained 18 former military officials over alleged human rights violations carried out during the country’s 36-year civil war, the same day that officials in El Salvador announced that they would seek the arrest of 17 ex-soldiers linked to the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during its own 12-year civil war. The 18…

Guatemalan police stand guard outside Canada Rehabilitation Farm, the site of a riot that left 17 dead. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Two thousand police officials finally managed to get a Guatemalan prison under control on Monday after a fight broke out that resulted in the death of 17 inmates, seven of whom were decapitated. Violence allegedly erupted between Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs as well as unaffiliated inmates on Sunday afternoon at the…

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Guatemala’s President-elect Jimmy Morales said he will work to strengthen the mandate of domestic and international anti-corruption bodies within the Guatemalan government when he takes office on January 14, after winning a landslide election amid nationwide protests over a massive graft scheme. Morales…

Argentine opposition candidate Mauricio Macri. (Image: Government of Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — In Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, Argentina’s Daniel Scioli failed to avoid a runoff in a major upset, while comedian Jimmy Morales won second-round polls in Guatemala by a landslide and polling in Haiti passed off without either major violence or a clear winner. Scioli, the longtime favorite and the chosen successor…

Argentine presidential favorite Daniel Scioli. (Image: Mariano Pernicone, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Argentina, Guatemala and Haiti will hold presidential elections this weekend. In Argentina, Daniel Scioli is favored, but he is not guaranteed to avoid a runoff at the polls on Sunday. The governor of Buenos Aires province, Scioli is also the anointed successor of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, described by Reuters as…

Central American migrants en route to the United States. (Image: Peter Haden, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Undocumented immigrants recently deported by the United States face threats of violence upon their return to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to a new investigation by The Guardian, which highlighted three specific instances of deportees who were shot and killed shortly after returning home. An upcoming academic study, based on an…

Rescuers evacuate a survivor of the landslide in Santa Caterina Pinula. (Image: CONRED, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Story — Rescuers in Guatemala continued efforts to find survivors on Sunday, following a landslide which has killed at least 95 people and left some 300 more missing and feared dead. The landslide struck late on Thursday in the Santa Caterina Pinula municipality on the outskirts of the capital Guatemala City, Reuters reported. While…

Manuel Baldizón. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Guatemala’s presidential runoff on Oct. 25 will have one fewer contestant, after the leading establishment candidate dropped out on Monday. Jimmy Morales, a comedian with no political experience, and Sandra Torres, the ex-wife of former president Álvaro Colóm, will contest the presidency on Oct. 25 without the participation of Manuel Baldizón, who…