The overgrown ruins of a 2,300-year- old Mayan Temple in Belize were partially destroyed by contractors who wanted to use the limestone bricks for gravel to build a village road, according to the National Institute of Culture and Heritage.
Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for the killing of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans during the Central American country’s 36-year civil war.
Senators in both parties questioned the effectiveness of U.S. border-security efforts as lawmakers begin debating a measure to revise immigration laws and create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Govt declared state of emergency in 4 eastern municipalities after anti-mining riots resulted in death of police officer and left eight more injured. * Riots began earlier this week in town of San Rafael Las Flores, where Tahoe Resources Escobal silver mine located * 23 members of Guatemalan National Police were rescued by special forces April 30 after protestors held them captive * Protesters stole 24 guns and ammunition from police, Government Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said * Some protestors thought to be linked to Zeta drug cartel, Lopez Bonilla said * President Otto Perez Molina said police deployed to area in attempt to arrive at peaceful solution with protestors * Statement, streamed comments posted on govt websites
Seven Nobel Peace Prize laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged Guatemala’s judicial system to continue the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt after his case was halted last week.
Guatemala’s Energy and Mines Ministry awarded licenses to Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel, S.A. and Minera San Rafael S.A. to begin mineral extraction in Central America’s largest economy, the ministry said in a statement published on its website.