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Guatemala

This week’s likely top stories: Argentine negotiates with holdout creditors; Russia’s Vladimir Putin will visit Cuba, Argentina and Brazil; Italy investigates dictatorship-era murders; an earthquake hits Mexico and Guatemala; and Honduran authorities search for eight missing miners.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report on Wednesday detailing the increase in drug-related violence on the Guatemala-Honduras border and calling for immediate action on the part of both national governments to combat the situation.

This week’s likely top stories: Candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga is implicated in a Colombian hacking scandal; Gustavo Madero wins the PAN’s internal elections in Mexico; the Colombian government and FARC reach an agreement on drugs; the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights will visit Guatemala; Argentine Vice President Amado Bodou may be called to testify in a criminal investigation.

Claudia Paz y Paz’s exclusion from the list of candidates for attorney general has generated outrage in Guatemala and abroad from human rights groups who say the snub was politically motivated.

Lack of clarity of the regulations and lack of good faith by some community leaders have slowed important investments in Guatemala.
Guatemalans returning home from the U.S. face unemployment, a maze of red tape—and social stigma. <i>(slideshow available)</i>

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