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  • No Asteroid Is Threatening to Hit Earth Next Month, NASA Says
    No Asteroid Is Threatening to Hit Earth Next Month, NASA Says Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    There's no reason to fear a devastating asteroid strike next month, NASA experts say. For the last few months, rumors have circulated on the Internet that a big asteroid will slam into Earth near Puerto Rico between Sept. 15 and Sept. 28, wreaking widespread destruction throughout coastal regions of the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America. "There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. More »

  • Doctors say Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt has dementia
    Doctors say Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt has dementia Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Members of a medical team that evaluated Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt reported Tuesday that he suffers from dementia as a court considers whether he is fit for trial on genocide and human rights charges. More »

  • Guatemala drought threatens to kill up to 1 million people
    Guatemala drought threatens to kill up to 1 million people Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Guatemala has been plunged into a further state of crisis this week, as news emerged that nearly one million people are struggling to feed themselves due to poor rainfall. The Central American country is currently going through a messy presidential election campaign with allegations of corruption and the murder of two opposition politicians. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that poor rainfall, linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon, has led to a crippling drought and shrunken harvests, worsening hunger among the poor. More »

  • Scientists discover sacred sinkhole cave under Chichen Itza pyramid Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    A group of scientists from the Autonomous University of Mexico announced on 13 August, that a sacred sinkhole cave, known as a cenote, has been discovered under Chichen Itza's Kukulkan Castle Pyramid, a discovery that could shed new light on the ancient Mayan civilisation. More »

  • Mexico finds subterranean river under Chichen Itza pyramid
    Mexico finds subterranean river under Chichen Itza pyramid Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts have discovered that the main pyramid at Mexico's Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza was at least partially built atop a subterranean river. More »

  • Ancient Mayan Tablet with Hieroglyphics Honors Lowly King
    Ancient Mayan Tablet with Hieroglyphics Honors Lowly King Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A 1,600-year-old Mayan stone tablet describing the rule of an ancient king has been unearthed in the ruins of a temple in Guatemala. The broken tablet, or stela, depicts the king's head, adorned with a feathered headdress, along with some of his neck and shoulders. The stone tablet, found in the jungle temple, may shed light on a mysterious period when one empire in the region was collapsing and another was on the rise, said the lead excavator at the site, Marcello Canuto, an anthropologist at Tulane University in Louisiana. More »

  • Guatemala court orders competency evaluation for ex-dictator
    Guatemala court orders competency evaluation for ex-dictator Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt hospitalized Tuesday for medical and psychological evaluation to determine if he is fit to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. More »

  • Guatemala ex-dictator sent for observation, delaying trial
    Guatemala ex-dictator sent for observation, delaying trial Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt put in a psychiatric hospital for nine days' observation on Thursday, once again delaying his retrial on genocide charges. More »

  • Guatemala: Archaeologists uncover intact Mayan hieroglyphic panels
    Guatemala: Archaeologists uncover intact Mayan hieroglyphic panels Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Ancient Mayan panels dating as far back as the seventh century have been discovered in northern Guatemala, shedding new light on the mysterious civilisation. In total, three ancient Mayan pieces were excavated at the La Corona and El Achiotal archaeological sites in May. The largest of the pieces measures a metre high and features well-preserved ancient Mayan script and stone carvings. "Excavations have discovered two hieroglyphic panels, two stone panels about 40 cm in length and about 30 cm in height that are carved with hieroglyphs, and on one of them there's the image of a king dancing," said co-director of the La Corona Archaeological Project Marcelo Canuto. More »

  • The Latest: Paraguayans say the popemobile went by too fast
    The Latest: Paraguayans say the popemobile went by too fast Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America: More »

  • Doctors declare former Guatemalan dictator unfit for trial
    Doctors declare former Guatemalan dictator unfit for trial Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Government-backed experts say former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt is mentally incompetent, potentially derailing a trial on human rights charges. More »

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Copyright 5/8/2013 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 9/28/2014, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2014 The Nielsen Company. More »

  • Afghan official: Roadside bombs kill 3, wound 15 in south Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says roadside bombs have struck two vehicles filled with passengers, killing three people and wounding 15 in a volatile southern province. More »

  • Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt's retrial set for July 23 Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court says the retrial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity will begin July 23. More »

  • Mexico fights another foreign auction of pre-Hispanic relics Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's chief archaeology agency decried two planned French auctions of pre-Hispanic artifacts, claiming most items were fakes and the rest were Mexico's cultural patrimony. More »

  • Change through art: Latin America's other revolution
    Change through art: Latin America's other revolution Wed, May 27, 2015

    Art is being used as a tool to overcome trauma and displacement and to forge a new Latin American identity. More »

  • Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided
    Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided Fri, May 22, 2015

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Maria Luisa de Martinez is one of the staunchest defenders of the memory of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. More »

  • Mexico files complaint against Maya duck-killing ceremony Wed, May 20, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities say they have filed an animal cruelty complaint over a ceremony practiced by a Mayan community in Yucatan state that includes ripping the head off a live duck. More »

  • Belize offshore oil plan sparks worries for reefs, fisheries
    Belize offshore oil plan sparks worries for reefs, fisheries Fri, May 8, 2015

    BELIZE CITY, Belize (AP) — Belize is considering new offshore drilling regulations that could open nearly the entire coast to exploration and exploitation, environmental groups have warned, calling it a threat to vital reefs, fisheries and tourism concerns. More »

  • Oscar Isaac's 'Star Wars' character may be from Yavin 4
    Oscar Isaac's 'Star Wars' character may be from Yavin 4 Thu, May 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Attention die-hard "Star Wars" fans: Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac thinks his character Poe Dameron in the next "Star Wars" film is from Yavin 4. More »

  • Early Urban Planning: Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid
    Early Urban Planning: Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid Fri, May 1, 2015

    An ancient Mayan city followed a unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler, archaeologists working at Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Petén, Guatemala, have found. This city was "organized in a way we haven't seen in other places," said Timothy Pugh, a professor at Queens College in New York. More »

  • World Press Freedom Day: Charlie Hebdo attack just one chapter in global tale …
    World Press Freedom Day: Charlie Hebdo attack just one chapter in global tale … Fri, May 1, 2015

    When 12 people working at the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo were gunned down at their offices in central Paris in January, the world woke up to the grim reality of the threats thousands of media professionals face daily. In countries such as Mexico and Pakistan, owning a press card is so dangerous that many media professionals end up quitting their jobs altogether, out of utter fear. According to Reporters without Borders, 22 journalists and media workers have been killed and more than 160 have been imprisoned in 2015 alone. Nearly 100 media professionals were killed because of their work in 2014. More »

  • Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist
    Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By David Alire Garcia TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - A Mexican archaeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury. In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious ancient city that was once the largest in the Americas, Sergio Gomez this month found "large quantities" of the silvery metal in a chamber at the end of a sacred tunnel sealed for nearly 1,800 years. "It's something that completely surprised us," Gomez said at the entrance to the tunnel below Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent, about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Mexico City. Some archaeologists believe the toxic element could herald what would be the first ruler's tomb ever found in Teotihuacan, a contemporary of several ancient Maya cities, but so shrouded in mystery that its inhabitants still have no name. More »

  • Guatemalan ex-dictator's daughter announces presidential bid
    Guatemalan ex-dictator's daughter announces presidential bid Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The daughter of Efrain Rios Montt, the former dictator facing charges of genocide for massacres committed during his 1982-83 regime, is running for president of Guatemala. More »

  • Class clash led to collapse of Mexico's ancient Teotihuacan: study
    Class clash led to collapse of Mexico's ancient Teotihuacan: study Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The demise of Mexico's enigmatic pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan stemmed from a conflict among the civilization's elite classes, with buildings set ablaze in the clash, according to a study. More »

  • Guatemalan rappers promote Mayan language, stories to youth
    Guatemalan rappers promote Mayan language, stories to youth Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A group of Guatemalan musicians is on a mission to breathe life into a pre-Columbian language and heritage through a thoroughly modern genre: hip-hop. More »

  • Thousands flock to reopening of landmark house in LA
    Thousands flock to reopening of landmark house in LA Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reopening of a newly restored house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is attracting thousands of people to the landmark on a Hollywood hillside. More »

  • Banned Iranian director Panahi's 'Taxi' wins Berlin's Golden …
    Banned Iranian director Panahi's 'Taxi' wins Berlin's Golden … Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    By Michael Roddy and Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi's "Taxi," which shows a cabby driving an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnation of censorship, won the Golden Bear for best film on Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival. The award, which the director was not in Berlin to accept, was hailed by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a statement as “an important sign for the freedom of art.” On an Instagram account said to be Panahi's, Iranian journalists at a post-awards news conference said he had posted a message in Farsi saying: "This is an important artistic and political acknowledgment of the film that makes me very proud." At the news conference, the Golden Bear was placed on its own for cameras, with no one holding it. The apparently whimsical but ultimately profound look at life and filmmaking in Iran, shot from the interior of a taxi with the director at the wheel, was shown despite Tehran's ban on Panahi. More »

  • Iran director Panahi's 'Taxi' wins top honor at Berlin fest
    Iran director Panahi's 'Taxi' wins top honor at Berlin fest Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's movie "Taxi," in which the director stars as a taxi driver talking to passengers as he navigates the streets of Tehran, won the top Golden Bear prize Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival. More »

  • War history is littered with civilian deaths
    War history is littered with civilian deaths Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Rarely has the world had such a front-row seat for a concerted attack by a major air force on an urban area as it did during last summer's Gaza war. But Israel is far from the only country to have killed civilians during war. The list is long, from Dresden to Japan, from Grozny to Algeria. More »

  • Chilean defrocked priests, hardluck farmers make waves in Berlin
    Chilean defrocked priests, hardluck farmers make waves in Berlin Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    By Michael Roddy BERLIN (Reuters) - A Chilean film showing defrocked priests protected by the Catholic Church and a Guatemalan film about the hard lives of Mayan coffee farmers are making waves at the Berlin film festival. Chilean director Pablo Larrain made "The Club" after he realized some paedophile priests had collaborated with the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet or were ordinary criminals, and had never paid for their misdeeds. "The Catholic Church for decades really has been spiriting away those priests, hiding them, shielding them from the public sphere," he told a news conference on Monday to loud applause. "That's how we came up with this 'club', the idea of a club of lost priests." The film focuses on four priests living in a fishing village whose cozy lifestyle is shattered by the arrival of a priest trailed by a tramp who proclaims from the street that the cleric had forced him to have sex with him. More »

  • How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life?
    How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life? Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    How extraterrestrial life would change our world view is a research interest of Steven Dick, who just completed a term as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair of Astrobiology. The chair is jointly sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and the John W. Kluge Center, at the Library of Congress. Dick is a former astronomer and historian at the United States Naval Observatory, a past chief historian for NASA, and has published several books concerning the discovery of life beyond Earth. "If we found microbes, it would have an effect on science, especially biology, by universalizing biology," he said. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America
    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America Mon, Jan 12, 2015

      Social media around the world was flooded with rumors of Fidel Castro's death, becoming a trending topic in some countries. At week's end there was no sign that the reports were true, even if the 88-year-old former Cuban leader has not been seen in public for months. The rumors were prompted in part by Castro's failure to comment after the U.S. and Cuba declared on Dec. 17 that they would move to restore full diplomatic relations. More »

  • Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt's retrial suspended
    Guatemala ex-dictator Rios Montt's retrial suspended Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt's retrial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was postponed Monday, dismaying victims who have long sought to see him punished for the massacre of thousands of Mayan Indians during his 1982-83 regime. More »

  • Belize's Famous 'Blue Hole' Reveals Clues to the Maya's Dem … Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests. Minerals taken from Belize's famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. More »