The World's Carol Hills reports that Guatemala has just revised its adoption laws. The Central American country is second only to China as a source of babies for American families seeking to adopt. But the legal changes will likely reduce the number of foreign adoptions in Guatemala.
Guatemala’s new government could bring stability to the country following a turbulent administration riddled with corruption, but analysts see little hope for substantive change in the return of military and private sector elites to power.
While public health and medical workers worldwide agree on the urgency of the pandemic, human rights observers say they are becoming increasingly concerned with how some political leaders in Central America may use their emergency powers.
US President Donald Trump has cut funding to the World Health Organization, prompting swift condemnation from international leaders. Cybercrime has increased during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But a group of cybersecurity experts is volunteering to help fend off attacks. And deportations from the US, the country hardest-hit by COVID-19, continue amid the global health crisis. Those proceedings could be spreading the virus farther.
At least 115 people returned to Guatemala by the US have tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival. Deportees are being shunned, threatened or chased away by neighbors who fear they are bringing back the virus with them.
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