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November 4, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA From LAX, LACSA and Delta offer nonstop flights to Guatemala City, and Aeromexico, United, TACA, American and COPA offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $639, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 502 (the country code for Guatemala) and the number. WHERE TO STAY Flores is an island in Lake Petén Itzá and prettier than neighboring Santa Elena on the mainland.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Paramedics met a Delta Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday to treat nine teenagers who apparently became ill after consuming food before boarding in Guatemala City, officials said. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said the nine passengers consumed “common” food, possibly fruit, before the flight, prompting the medical emergency at Terminal 5 upon landing. The teens were traveling together, Humphrey said, and were experiencing nausea and vomiting.
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NEWS
June 12, 1990
After three years of diplomacy that helped end a guerrilla war in Nicaragua and launch peace talks in El Salvador and Guatemala, Central America's presidents will turn to an economic agenda when they meet in nearby Antigua this weekend. Without joint efforts to pull the region out of a decade-old recession, officials believe, their achievements in peacemaking and in strengthening democracy will be fleeting.
WORLD
September 9, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A packed passenger bus plunged off a highway into a ravine in the Guatemalan highlands Monday morning, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens, government officials said. The accident occurred about 40 miles west of Guatemala City, in the department of Chimaltenango, according to a statement released by the federal government. The bus, which had more than 70 passengers aboard, was headed from the town of San Martin Jilotepeque, in Chimaltenango, to the capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1987 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
A unique brand of Dixieland will come to the Los Angeles Festival on Friday via an unusually circuitous route. The Paco Gatsby Band, which hails from Guatemala City, Guatemala's capital, will perform its blend of ragtime, traditional Guatemalan music and Latin salsa during the festival's "Evening of Classic Jazz." Don't look for Paco Gatsby; the band's name is entirely fictitious.
NEWS
February 13, 1989 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
This tiny hamlet in the remote mountains of Guatemala is to be a model city, government officials say, a place where people displaced by civil war can renew their lives with all the services and security the government can provide. But to many of the people who live here, Xexucap is a kind of prison.
NEWS
March 8, 1992 | SHELLEY EMLING, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The talk at cocktail parties in comfortable parts of town these days is not of politics and currency exchange rates but about who has been robbed and where. At least a dozen cars are stolen every day, many by armed men at stoplights in the city's most fashionable district. More than 20 robberies or assaults are reported daily, double the number a year ago. The real total surely is much higher because few people trust police enough to file complaints.
TRAVEL
October 3, 1993 | TRAUDE GOMEZ, Gomez is a free-lance writer based in Lawrence, Kan. and
"You want to see a chicken sacrifice?" asks 11-year-old Sebastian, one of Chichicastenango's few English-speaking residents and a young entrepreneur. "I'll take you. What'll you pay me?" Sebastian approaches me outside the heavy wooden doors of Santo Tomas Church holding the hand of his younger brother, a scrawny boy with a dirt-streaked face and Cheshire grin. Below, on the church's flight of wide, semicircular stone steps, an old man swings a hand-held burner oozing sweet, resinous incense.
NEWS
May 9, 2004 | Sergio De Leon, Associated Press Writer
Edgar Chocoy knew what awaited him if he were deported to Guatemala. Chocoy, 16, begged an immigration judge in Denver to let him stay in the United States, saying he would be killed by his former gang if he were sent home. He was deported anyway on March 10 and was shot dead 17 days later, say family members in Villanueva, a rough town on Guatemala City's outskirts. They blame the U.S. government.
NEWS
July 15, 1990 | Reuters
Three bomb blasts caused minor property damage in Guatemala City. One was at a popular evangelical Protestant church with ties to former military ruler Efrain Rios Montt, a police spokesman said Saturday.
WORLD
May 21, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The Guatemalan high court's decision to annul the genocide conviction of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt on Tuesday revived questions about his responsibility for the slaughter of some 1,700 ethnic Maya people. The ruling late Monday, which voided Rios Montt's May 10 conviction, also raises questions about the kind of retrial he might have and about a judicial system that has long been considered weak, corrupt, prone to impunity and susceptible to pressure from powerful outside forces.
WORLD
May 11, 2013 | Richard Fausset
Efrain Rios Montt, the former Guatemalan military dictator who ruled his country during one of the bloodiest phases of its civil war, was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity Friday for the systematic massacre of more than 1,700 Maya people. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. The landmark ruling by a panel of three Guatemalan judges came after a dramatic trial that featured testimony from dozens of ethnic Ixil Maya, who described atrocities committed by the army and security forces who sought to clean the countryside of Marxist guerrillas and their sympathizers during the 1982-83 period that Rios Montt, an army general and coup leader, served as the country's de facto leader.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY - Contradictory court judgments in the war crimes trial of former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt this week set off protests in Guatemala City and prompted rebukes from human rights organizations. On Friday, Judge Jazmin Barrios, who is presiding over Rios Montt's genocide trial in Guatemala's capital, called court to order despite a ruling by another judge a day earlier granting an appeal by the defense to annul the case based on a technicality. The Thursday ruling was “illegal,” Barrios said.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Contradictory court judgments in the war crimes trial of former Guatemalan dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt this week set off protests in Guatemala City and prompted rebukes from human rights organizations around the world. On Friday, Judge Jazmin Barrios, who is presiding over Rios Montt's genocide trial in Guatemala's capital, called court to order despite another judge's ruling a day earlier granting an appeal by the defense to annul the case based on a technicality.
WORLD
April 18, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - On the first day of trial, a witness named Bernardo Bernal recounted how, as a 9-year-old in the spring of 1983, he hid in a stream and watched Guatemalan soldiers kill his parents and two younger brothers. On the second day of testimony in Guatemala City, a man named Pedro Chavez Brito described how soldiers found him and his siblings hiding in a traditional sauna in their village on Nov. 4, 1982. His sister was carrying a newborn. " 'You are a guerrilla, you gave food to the guerrillas,' they said to my sister," the witness said, according to an unofficial transcript of the genocide case in Guatemala.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
No tsunami warnings have been issued for California from a magnitude 6.2 earthquake  Monday afternoon in Guatemala. The temblor occurred 3 miles from San Jose Pinula, Guatemala, according to the U.S. Geological Survey,at 4:02 p.m. Pacific time. The depth was recorded at 124.3 miles. Distance from other locations: 4 miles from Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala 6 miles from Guatemala City, Guatemala 6 miles from Palencia, Guatemala   ALSO: Ex-Bellflower coach gets 28 years for sexually abusing teen girl Changing views on same-sex marriage is often personal, poll finds 9-year-old girl who hiked in rough terrain to help dad a hero, family says
NEWS
December 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen shot and killed nine diners Wednesday night in a downtown Guatemala City restaurant in what appeared to be a drug dealers' dispute over territory, police said. "About four or five armed individuals entered the restaurant, and then it all started," said National Civilian Police spokesman Faustino Sanchez. The shooting occurred near Guatemala City's notorious Gallito neighborhood, the main distribution point for the 3-million-strong capital's growing cocaine market.
OPINION
February 10, 2013 | By Mary Jo McConahay
GUATEMALA CITY - When a judge ruled to admit all the prosecution documents and expert witnesses in the genocide trial here of Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt last week - ensuring that Guatemala will be the first country in history to try one of its own heads of state for the most egregious crime against humanity - no triumphal smiles crossed the faces of courtroom observers. Some had been working toward this moment for years: two elderly women who between them lost a brother and a son among the 200,000 dead and disappeared over 36 years of guerrilla warfare and military dictatorship; indigenous Maya survivors from the highlands, where the army by its own account erased entire villages; those who spent their young adulthood in exile, then returned before it was safe to do so, throwing themselves into the tedious labor of collecting the evidence now being used against the general.
WORLD
January 5, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
GUATEMALA CITY - She holds one of the most dangerous jobs in this spectacularly dangerous country, confronting the most feared and powerful men of the Guatemalan present: gang leaders; dirty public officials; shot-callers in the Mexican drug cartels who have bled in from the north. She is also taking on the titans of Guatemala's past: military men and security chiefs whom she has accused of human rights abuses during the nation's brutal 35-year civil war. Guatemala's emblematic 20th century strongman, Efrain Rios Montt, has been under house arrest since January, when her office charged him with genocide and crimes against humanity.
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