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Guatemala

This week’s likely top stories: World leaders gather for the UN General Assembly; Leopoldo López’ trial resumes in Venezuela; U.S. to approve aid to El Salvador; 8 killed in Guatemala conflict over cement plant; Clorox discontinues operations in Venezuela.

Guatemala’s Director of Prisons, Edgar Camargo, was arrested on Wednesday, September 3, helping to bring down an alleged extortion group that raked in millions of dollars, property and luxury cars.

The CICIG investigation that took down Byron Lima Oilva's prison crime ring may also shed light on the connection between organized crime and government in Guatemala.

General Rudy Israel Ortiz Ruiz was one of five military officials involved in a helicopter crash Wednesday morning. 

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday revealed that 51 percent of Americans oppose President Barack Obama's plan to fast track deportations for unaccompanied Central American children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Multiple variables are contributing to the surge of migration from the Northern Triangle to the United States.
Ways to tackle the region's problems of crime and violence.

U.S. Counselor of Department of State Thomas Shannon arrived in Honduras on Wednesday as part of a three-day trip to Central America to address the estimated 52,000 unaccompanied minors from the region entering the U.S. illegally.

During the past few months, the United States, Mexico and Central American governments have brought attention to the number of unaccompanied minors fleeing towards the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

The Guatemalan private sector is targeting malnutrition and education to improve social inclusion.

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