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Since 2015, when the project began, taekwondo and other self-defense techniques have gained a popularity among women in Tipulcan that would have been unthinkable before. But it hasn’t been an easy task.

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"It is not conceivable to send asylum seekers in a country where the murder rate is five times that of the U.S.," rights groups said.

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Guatemala’s Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart says the government is considering declaring a state of seige in Solola after centuries' old land, water dispute erupts again. 

The state of siege law gives the military new powers to arrest and interrogate suspects and prohibits organized protests in the targeted areas. 

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The charges stem from a case started by the now gone International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).

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The U.N.-sponsored body presented its last activity in the form of a report called "Guatemala: a captured State.”

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The CICIG will end its work and leave the Central American nation next Sept. 3, after outgoing President Jimmy Morales decided not to renew its mandate.

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In January, the far-right Guatemalan president decided to end the agreement that allowed its presence in this central American country.

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Samuel Morales, the president’s older brother, and political adviser, and Jose Manuel Morales, the president’s eldest son, were accused of defrauding the land registry of US$12,000 in 2013.

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