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Nov 10, 2011

Guatemala’s new leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters) – A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Nov 10, 2011

Special Report-Guatemala’s new leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters)- A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Nov 10, 2011

War, tight-knit class define Guatemalan leader’s rise

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s next president, retired general Otto Perez, was a small child when a CIA-backed coup overthrew reformist President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954.

The fallout has framed his military and political career.

The democratically elected Arbenz wanted to redistribute land to resolve inequalities, and the move angered United States business interests. With U.S. support, Arbenz was ousted in just nine days — and replaced by three decades of almost uninterrupted army rule.

Nov 10, 2011

Special Report: New Guatemala leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters)- A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Oct 28, 2011

Mexico state oil firm Pemex posts 81 bln peso Q3 loss

MEXICO CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Mexico’s state oil company
Pemex on Thursday blamed exchange rate losses and taxes for a
third-quarter loss of 81 billion Mexican pesos, its worst
quarterly performance in nearly three years.

Pemex has not posted such a steep loss since the
last quarter of 2008 when it suffered a loss of 115 billion
pesos.

Oct 13, 2011

Hurricane Jova hits key Mexican port, kills four

MANZANILLO/PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, Oct 12 (Reuters) -
Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico’s main Pacific
port with torrential rain on Wednesday, inundating popular
beach resorts and killing at least four people in mudslides.

While Jova ravaged the coast, a tropical depression to the
southeast prompted thousands of evacuations in Mexico as well
as flooding and mudslides that have killed 18 in Central
America since the start of the week.

Oct 12, 2011

Hurricane Jova sweeps across Mexico’s Pacific coast

PUERTO VALLARTA/MANZANILLO, Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Jova swept inland on Wednesday after making landfall as a Category Two storm on Mexico’s Pacific coast late on Tuesday, dumping heavy rain that threatens to cause flash floods and mudslides.

With top winds reaching 85 miles per hour (140 kph), Jova was about 80 miles (130 km) northwest of the major port city of Manzanillo at 2:00 p.m. PDT (0900 GMT), the U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Oct 12, 2011

Hurricane Jova sweeps across Mexico’s Pacific coast

PUERTO VALLARTA/MANZANILLO, Mexico, Oct 12 (Reuters) -
Hurricane Jova swept inland on Wednesday after making landfall
as a Category Two storm on Mexico’s Pacific coast late on
Tuesday, dumping heavy rain that threatens to cause flash
floods and mudslides.

With top winds reaching 85 miles per hour (140 kph), Jova
was about 80 miles (130 km) northwest of the major port city of
Manzanillo at 2:00 p.m. PDT (0900 GMT), the U.S. National
Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Oct 12, 2011

Hurricane Jova crosses Mexico’s Pacific coast

PUERTO VALLARTA/MANZANILLO, Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Jova made landfall as a Category Two storm on Mexico’s Pacific coast late on Tuesday, threatening one of the country’s busiest cargo ports and tourist resorts with high waves, heavy rain and flooding.

With top winds reaching 100 miles per hour (160 kph), Jova was about 65 miles (100 km) west-northwest of the port city of Manzanillo at 11:00 p.m. PDT (0600 GMT Wednesday), the U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Oct 12, 2011

Hurricane Jova nears land on Mexico’s Pacific coast

PUERTO VALLARTA/MANZANILLO, Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Jova neared landfall as a Category two storm on Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, threatening one of the country’s busiest cargo ports and tourist resorts with high waves, heavy rain and flooding.

With top winds reaching 100 miles per hour, Jova was about 60 miles west of the port city of Manzanillo at 11:00 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT Wednesday), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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