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Police report the people were behind a series of violent crimes including conspiracy, extortion, and murder. Full Story

The report highlights numerous cases of trafficked women and girls — especially indigenous, Afro-descendent and rural women — being forced into labor, including sex work. Full Story

A staggering 83 percent of Guatemalans live in extreme poverty,  a United Nations, UN, official said during his two-day visit to the Central American country.
"We are receiving clothes, plastic, hospital waste, objects stained with blood, needles, syringes, animals and even human bodies," an official said.
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The artifacts, which range from loose pieces, bowls, plates and ceramic figures, date from 250 to 900 AD.
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The country's Congress is simultaneously writing up a bill outlawing roadblocks as a form of "terrorism."
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Almost 590 women were murdered in Guatemala between January and September this year, bringing the total femicides over the past nine years to 7,273.

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During the Giant Kite festival, Guatemalans of all ages assemble their colorful kites from fabric or paper and fasten them to a bamboo frame.
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"There was a seemingly endless amount of forks, spoons, bottles and plastic plates," photographer Caroline Power said.
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