Mr. Pérez Molina, the former head of military intelligence in the 1980s, touts himself as the only candidate who can improve Guatemala's deteriorating security situation. He led the polls going into today's presidential election.
But even with more money, Central American countries still face an uphill battle in fighting inefficiency and corruption that hinder their anticrime efforts.
US Secretary of State Clinton and presidents from around Central America are convening in Guatemala City to determine ways to boost security and contain the sway of regional mafias.
Sandra Torres, Guatemala's former first lady and presidential hopeful, divorced her husband to avoid a legal bar to her candidacy. But it may have turned the country's devout public against her.
Giraffe Magoma, born two weeks ago, and his mother, Koobi, stand in their enclosure in the Cologne zoo.
Los Zetas, one of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico, has recruited local former military agents, terrorized migrants, and lured poor farmers and youths to work as hired hands.
Outdoor displays of Christmas lights get more sophisticated as homeowners put on audio-visual shows for their neighbors – and visitors from miles around.
As 2010 draws to a close, its time to reflect upon the joys and sorrows of the past twelve months. It's also time to think about the truly weird things that we witnessed. Here's our top ten list.
TckTckTck partners, Greenpeace and 350.org stage an underwater installation called "Silent Evolution" in Cancun, Mexico. They are calling for urgent action on the environment during the UN Cancun climate talks.
Hurricane Richard did no major damage to Belize as it weakened into a tropical storm. It is moving into southeastern Mexico.