Colom meets with Bush

U.S. President George W. Bush will receive his counterpart from Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, next Monday when he is in Washington for a three'day official visit.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Official sources say the agenda will be very broad, and will include themes like the anti-drug battle, the oil crisis, immigration and trade.

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Guatemala presents measures to rein in prices rises

May 2008

Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, announced measures to soften the blow of increases in fuel and food prices.

Colom said the increases had given his government little room for maneuver but he said he would seek accords with industry to keep their prices under control. Producers of vegetable oil, flour and chicken have already agreed to back the measures.

Dall'Anese and Costa Rica's relations with Washington

April 2008

Attorney-General Francisco Dall'Anese's controversial complaint last week about a supposed deterioration in relations between Costa Rica and the United States is an issue that needs to be seen in its full context, the San José daily La República says in an editorial.

If, as Dall'Anese claims, relations have been bad for some time because of the pressure from Washington, it's hard to understand why he failed to mention the problem sooner. Instead he waited until after he was arrested in Miami.

Insecurity an urgent issue in Guatemala

April 2008

As Älvaro Colom completes his first 100 days as Guatemala's president, combating insecurity remains an urgent issue for the new government.

The plan drawn up by authorities aims to reduce violence and take control in the so-called red zones and the territories used by organized crime to transport drugs, arms, and people.

President Colom fires Guatemala's attorney general

April 2008

Guatemala's president, Álvaro Colom, today fired Attorney General Mario Gordillo and in his place appointed lawyer Baudilio Portillo Merlos.

According to a government source, Gordillo was relieved of his position for "poor performance and negligence in the fulfillment of his obligations."

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