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Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico
Hundreds of U.S.-bound migrants cross river into Mexico from Guatemala
Migrant caravan gathers on Guatemalan border to enter Mexico
Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico to test Trump strategy
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U.S.-bound migrants clash with Mexican forces at Guatemala border
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Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico 
New Honduran Migrant Caravan Reaches 4000 in Guatemala
Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 262020 - Volcán Pacaya mantiene dos flujos de lava
A New Meeting Agenda: Prime Minister To Meet New Guatemala President
Mexican National Guard fires tear gas to prevent migrant caravan crossing from Guatemala
Migrants cross river from Guatemala to Mexico
Tensions Rise at Mexico’s Southern Border With Guatemala - Wall Street Journal
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Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
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Guatemala: Natural Disasters Monitoring - January 15, 2020
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Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to Guatemala
Scuffles erupt between migrants and troops at Guatemala-Mexico border – video report
Migrants clash with Mexican troops at the Guatemala border
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Migrants attack Mexican soldiers at Guatemala border, demand entry across to US
Maltreated tigers and lions, rescued from Guatemala circuses, arrive in South Africa
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 282020 - 10 albergues continúan habilitados en Chahal y Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Alta Verapaz
Guatemala: Guatemala: múltiples desafíos humanitarios para un nuevo gobierno
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Migrant caravan shrinks at Guatemala-Mexico border
New Guatemalan government won’t cancel U.S. asylum deal
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Guatemala's children bear brunt of prolonged...
'Mexico doesn't want us': migrants get stuck at Mexico-Guatemala border
Migrants weigh limited options at Guatemala-Mexico border
New Guatemalan gov't to stick with controversial US asylum deal
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Prominent Guatemala migrant shelter receives threats: Director
Today
Moderate or Heavy Rain Shower
High:67°F (19°C)
Low:52°F (11°C)
Winds:WSW 4 MPH (6 KPH)
Precipitation:1.9
Tomorrow
Moderate Rain at Times
High:67°F (20°C)
Low:51°F (11°C)
Winds:SE 3 MPH (5 KPH)
Precipitation:0.9
Saturday
Moderate Rain at Times
High:66°F (19°C)
Low:44°F (7°C)
Winds:ESE 3 MPH (5 KPH)
Precipitation:0.9
Sunday
Moderate Rain at Times
High:68°F (20°C)
Low:47°F (8°C)
Winds:WSW 4 MPH (6 KPH)
Precipitation:0.9
Monday
Patchy Rain
High:63°F (17°C)
Low:46°F (8°C)
Winds:WSW 3 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:2.9
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala
Current News in Guatemala
  • Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico
  • Hundreds of U.S.-bound migrants cross river into Mexico from Guatemala
  • Migrant caravan gathers on Guatemalan border to enter Mexico
  • Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico to test Trump strategy
  • Guatemala: Guatemala verifica atención de connacionales y de personas que viajan en la caravana de migrantes en Tapachula
  • U.S.-bound migrants clash with Mexican forces at Guatemala border
  • Venezuela Strengthens Cuba, China, Iran Ties Despite Guatemala Rupture
  • US-Bound Migrants' Caravan Clash With Mexico Forces At Guatemala Border
  • Operation Scrubs "No-Fee Continuing Education" a Big Benefit to 4-Million Nurses - Big Problem for Status Quo Providers
  • Chaos at Guatemala-Mexico border as caravan tries to advance
  • Mexican National Guard Fires Gas to Stop Migrants at Guatemalan Border - Reports
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico 
  • New Honduran Migrant Caravan Reaches 4000 in Guatemala
  • Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 262020 - Volcán Pacaya mantiene dos flujos de lava
  • A New Meeting Agenda: Prime Minister To Meet New Guatemala President
  • Mexican National Guard fires tear gas to prevent migrant caravan crossing from Guatemala
  • Migrants cross river from Guatemala to Mexico
  • Tensions Rise at Mexico’s Southern Border With Guatemala - Wall Street Journal
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Rejoices in the Timeless Magic and Everlasting Elegance of Erté the father of Art Deco
  • Migrants Going To U.S. Clash With Mexican Forces At Guatemala Border
  • Migrant group camps at Guatemala-Mexico border in bid to reach US
  • Pompeo Praises Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala for Declaring Hizbullah a Terror Group
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala: Guatemala: Flujos mixtos: migrantes y refugiados en Centro América - Informe de Situación No. 2 (20/01/2020)
  • Guatemala: Natural Disasters Monitoring - January 15, 2020
  • Guatemala: Guatemala's children bear brunt of prolonged drought and rising heat
  • Advocates: Honduran mother, children deported to Guatemala
  • Scuffles erupt between migrants and troops at Guatemala-Mexico border – video report
  • Migrants clash with Mexican troops at the Guatemala border
  • UHMWPE Resin Industry Global Production,Growth,Share,Demand and Applications Forecast to 2025
  • Guatemala's new president is more of the same, experts say
  • Guatemala’s new president creates anti-graft commission
  • Migrants attack Mexican soldiers at Guatemala border, demand entry across to US
  • Maltreated tigers and lions, rescued from Guatemala circuses, arrive in South Africa
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 282020 - 10 albergues continúan habilitados en Chahal y Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Alta Verapaz
  • Guatemala: Guatemala: múltiples desafíos humanitarios para un nuevo gobierno
  • Guatemala: Gobierno apoya con buses a migrantes para retorno a su país de origen, confirma presidente Giammattei
  • Migrant caravan shrinks at Guatemala-Mexico border
  • New Guatemalan government won’t cancel U.S. asylum deal
  • Flint Tale, a Feature Film about the Flint Water Crisis, Premieres at the Miami Improv on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.
  • Guatemala's children bear brunt of prolonged...
  • 'Mexico doesn't want us': migrants get stuck at Mexico-Guatemala border
  • Migrants weigh limited options at Guatemala-Mexico border
  • New Guatemalan gov't to stick with controversial US asylum deal
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Prominent Guatemala migrant shelter receives threats: Director
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Current Weather & Forecast
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