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Alfonso Portillo describes extradition to the US, where he will face money-laundering charges, as a "kidnapping".
In a break with his past positions, Guatemala's president recently suggested decriminalising illegal drugs.
It was a watershed year for bringing human rights abusers to justice in Latin America.
The Colom administration did not deal with embezzlement, resulting in a damning assessment in a recent report.
President "requests the forgiveness" of the family of Jacobo Arbenz, a leftist who was violently removed from power.
Former general ahead in early counting, but presidency race in Central American nation looks set to go to second round.
An ex-general with an "iron fist" is front-runner as presidential election begins in the violence-plagued nation.
WikiLeaks cables on the US 'war on drugs' reveal saucy diplomatic prose on Mexico, Afghanistan, Haiti and Burma.
US presidential commission discloses gruesome specifics of 1940s experiments on prison inmates and mental patients.
Guatemalan president says international drug trafficking gangs are the biggest threat facing Guatemala and the region.
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At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
 
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