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Amid U.S. Drug War in Central America, Who Is Capt. Byron Lima and Why You Should Care

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Guatemala City -- Sometime after nightfall Friday, two SUVs were intercepted making their way into Pavoncito Prison, east of the capital. When police officers opened the doors of the armored Land Rover, inmate Capt. Byron Lima was sitting inside. He was being escorted back to the prison by five guards...

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Sismo Guatemala: Aumentan a 52 los muertos, cientos heridos

(8) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 11:30 AM

GUATEMALA (AP) — El presidente Otto Pérez Molina informó el jueves que el número de muertos aumentó a 52 personas por el terremoto, de magnitud 7.4, y declaró un estado de calamidad por el más de millón de afectados.

"En estos momentos tenemos confirmación que han sido rescatados 52 cuerpos"...

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Mara Salvatrucha, Zetas Joining Forces? Guatemala Authorities See Disturbing Evidence

(614) Comments | Posted April 7, 2012 | 10:55 AM

By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA, Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY -- Hardened in the streets and prisons of California and deported in the 1990s to the Central American countries where they were born, the members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang swiftly grew into a force of heavily tattooed young men carrying out...

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Charlie Hebdo, Firebombs and the Role of Satire

(54) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 8:32 PM

Paris -- At approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Stephane Charbonnier, better known as "Charb" to his readers, had a rude awakening. Overnight, the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where he serves as editor, had been the target of a firebombing. The website had also been...

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Sorry Sarkozy, Libya's Tyrant Gaddafi Is Going Nowhere

(43) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 4:54 PM

Paris. 11PM. Thursday, March 17th, St Patrick's Day. Evening. The news flashed across TV screens all around Europe; French President Nicolas Sarkozy had convinced the United Nations Security Council to agree to a no-fly zone in Libya.

If the French leader had his way, war planes would leave Paris...

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How Tunisian Facebookers Will Change Newsrooms

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 5:53 PM

Paris -- When thousands took to the World Wide Web from Tehran to protest the result of the presidential elections the summer of 2009, traditional western media's first instinct was to turn a blind eye. It wasn't until days later when massive networks of activists and students were operating strictly...

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A Lesson to Learn From Good Old Henry IV

(36) Comments | Posted December 18, 2010 | 9:29 AM

Paris--For a country full of secular zealots, the French have certainly become engrossed in the magnificent recovery of Henry IV's head. Known as "le bon roi" or the Good King, Henry IV singlehandedly brought an end to the French Wars of Religion by signing the Edict of Nantes in 1598....

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