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Eleven women testified against soldiers who sexually enslaved them during the country's civil war, in the first case of its kind. Guatemala is at the forefront in the region in using its justice system to pursue justice for civil-war era crimes.
Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide in 2013, but his verdict was overturned. Since then, the country has seen bolder demands for accountability and reform.
The massive anti-corruption protests earlier this year succesfully forced former President Molina from office. But as the election looms closer, the leaderless movement is split on how to move forward amid a new political awakening.
With the former president behind bars, disgruntled voters are choosing a replacement. A neophyte candidate polled first in Sunday's vote, and will contest a run-off on Oct. 25.
More than 2 million people living in dry areas in Central America face hunger. Food security is starting to improve in some communities as farmers adopt alternative crops and more efficient water usage.
Deportations and detentions of migrants have risen sharply since Plan Frontera Sur was launched a year ago. Many say the effort is working, but rights groups worry that migrants are taking greater risks.
More than 46,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America crossed into the US in 2014, leading Washington to turn to Mexico City to try to stanch the flow.
With pressure from NGOs, the government has improved monitoring of child pregnancies and is considering a bill to raise the minimum age for marriage.
A UN-backed commission in Guatemala has uncovered a corrupt customs network, implicating senior officials. Its campaign against impunity has won public support from unlikely quarters and rattled the country's political elite.
Drug trafficking and extortion are expected to increase in Colombia as the government and FARC continue peace talks, and relationships between Guatemalan and Mexican drug gangs could strengthen.
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