Alvaro-Colom

Today in Latin America Top Story — Torrential rains caused by a tropical depression have slammed into Central America and left at least 19 people dead, with more than 40,000 people hit by flooding and landslides. Tropical depression “12-E” lashed Guatemala the hardest, where President Álvaro Colom said at least 13 people were killed including…

Otto-Perez-Molina

Today in Latin America Top Story — Former Guatemalan military man Otto Pérez Molina led the country’s presidential race late Sunday evening. Molina, a former general with a questionable human rights record and known for his tough stance toward violent crime in his country, had the support of as many as 48 percent of voters,…

Messages left in tribute to Facundo Cabral.

Two men have been detained in last weekend’s killing of famed Argentine folksinger Facundo Cabral in Guatemala, according to a Guatemalan investigator. The suspects were seen on a hotel surveillance tape allegedly following Nicaraguan businessmen Henry Fariñas, who was driving Cabral to the airport at the time of the shooting. Fariñas, who survived the attack, is…

Cabral-Colom-Announcement

Today in Latin America Top Story — Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom said Monday that organized crime groups were behind the shooting death of one of Latin America’s most revered folksingers over the weekend. Facundo Cabral, an Argentine musician who rose to fame in the 1970s as a voice for the oppressed under the region’s military…

Guatemala's First Lady Sandra Torres next to former husband President Álvaro Colom.

The recently divorced first lady of Guatemala’s bid for president hit a road block on Wednesday after the country’s supreme electoral court disqualified her for “supposed legal fraud.” First lady Sandra Torres divorced Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom in March so she could run for office as the candidate for Colom’s National Union of Hope party…

Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla during a meeting Sunday.

The presidents of Costa Rica and Guatemala rejected Sunday a recommendation from a committee of former Latin American presidents to legalize “soft” drugs in an effort to help mitigate violence caused by organized crime in Central America. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and her Guatemalan counterpart Álvaro Colom met over the weekend for a brief…

Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom on site in Petén. Photo by Luis Echeverría.

Today in Latin America Top Story — Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom announced Wednesday the arrest of an alleged Zeta leader and former Guatemalan soldier in connection with the killing of cattle ranch workers on Saturday. Hugo Álvaro Gómez Vásquez, also known as “the Witch”, was arrested on a triple murder charge related to the mass…

Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal.

Today in Latin America Top Story — Guatemalan officials on Monday attributed Saturday’s massacre of 29 people in the northern province of Petén to the Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel also thought to be responsible for the mass grave of 183 people in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas found last month. However, as details emerge on…

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Today in Latin America Top Story — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised to support Central America in its fight against insecurity and violence during a meeting with regional leaders in Guatemala. “Organized crime is an international phenomenon that requires a regional response,” Ban said, according to The BBC. The UN Secretary-General also extended the mandate…