The lost border in the jungle

The dictionary definition of the Spanish word “selva” is not just limited to “jungle,” but also encompasses confusion, conundrum. Those terms also define the Guatemalan department of Petén. The territory shares more than half of its border with Mexico, and practically the entire border with Belize. The jungle occupies the majority of this territory. Since 1998, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has considered it to be a key corridor for drug smuggling. Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán came through here, and massacred members of the Los Zetas syndicate. If you ask who is in charge now in that 2.2-million-hectare jungle, you’ll get timid responses. But a journey through this immense area allows you to understand how, for years, the main suspects have been “nobodies” in this place

EL PAÍS PODCASTS

¿Qué? podcast, S03E3: Julian Assange spying scandal and the ‘head in a box’ crime

This week we discuss the Spanish security firm accused of collecting information on the WikiLeaks founder while he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and a disturbing murder case in northern Spain

Brexit

Brexit uncertainty drives 64% of Spaniards in the UK to apply for residency

Foreign affairs officials from both countries have met in a bid to ensure equal rights for both communities

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spain’s Supreme Court rules out rebellion charge against Catalan separatist leaders

While the ruling is not expected until next week, legal sources said the 12 defendants will not be convicted of the top charge they were facing over the 2017 breakaway bid

Altruism

The Spanish health workers who make wishes come true

A group of volunteers in Murcia is using an ambulance to take terminally ill patients and people with reduced mobility to places that would otherwise be impossible for them to reach