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Honduran Congress Grants Zelaya, Coup Plotters Amnesty

The Honduran Congress has approved amnesty for deposed President Manuel Zelaya and all those responsible for the coup that removed him from power. The vote past the legislature late Tuesday, just hours after a Honduran Supreme Court judge cleared senior military leaders of criminal charges for their roles in the coup that ousted Mr.

Honduras Prosecutor Seeks Charges Against Coup Leaders

The Honduran attorney general's office has issued "abuse of power" charges against military commanders involved in the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June. Prosecutors say the top leaders charged include Army Commander Romeo Vasquez Velasquez. The prosecutors say they presented the charges to the Supreme Court, which has three days to respond. The Supreme Court has sided with coup leaders in several rulings. The Honduran Congress is also reported to be considering amnesty for those involved in the coup, as well as for Mr.

US Diplomat Returns to Honduras

A senior U.S. diplomat is in Honduras for more talks on reuniting the parties involved in the long-running stalemate over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster last year. U.S. officials say Craig Kelly, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, arrived in the Central American nation Tuesday to meet with the deposed leader and his rival, interim President Roberto Micheletti.  Kelly is also expected to see President-elect Porfirio Lobo, who takes office January 27.  Kelly was also in Honduras in November to discuss the stalemate. State Department spokesman P.J.

Zelaya Apparently Set to Leave for Mexico

Officials with the Honduran interim government have confirmed reports that it will allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country after spending three months confined at the Brazilian Embassy. Mr. Zelaya is seeking safe passage to leave the embassy and travel to another country without being arrested on corruption charges brought by the interim government. The Mexican government has sent a plane to the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa to pick up Mr.

Lobo Wins Honduran Presidential Vote

Porfirio Lobo has won the presidential election in Honduras, with about 56 percent of ballots cast.  Election officials say voter turnout was high, in spite of a call by ousted President Manuel Zelaya to boycott the poll. Wealthy rancher Porfirio Lobo declared victory after election results showed a broad lead for the candidate from the opposition National Party.  The outcome was a vindication for Lobo, who narrowly lost to ousted President Manuel Zelaya in the 2005 vote.  Speaking at a rally late Sunday, Lobo told supporters he will work to improve security, create new jobs and restore

US Expresses Support for Honduran Election

The United States says it supports Sunday's presidential election in Honduras as an "essential" part of a solution to that country's ongoing political crisis.  State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the U.S. thinks it is important that the people of Honduras have the opportunity to "express their votes in a free and transparent way." But ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says the U.S.

US Disappointed at Breakdown in Honduras Political Talks

The United States Friday expressed disappointment that efforts to resolve the four-month-long political crisis in Honduras have hit another roadblock.

Zelaya Aide Says Honduran Agreement Has Failed

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says a deal designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, after interim leader Roberto Micheletti announced the formation of a new cabinet. Mr. Micheletti said late Thursday he is installing a national unity government without the participation of  Mr. Zelaya, who has declined to name any cabinet members. The two signed an agreement last week to resolve the four-month political standoff.  A new government was set to begin Thursday. Mr.

Honduran Congressional Leaders to Discuss Plans for Ousted President

Honduran congressional leaders will meet Tuesday to a discuss a plan that could lead to the reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a June coup. The lawmakers say they will discuss a possible timetable for submitting a proposal for his return to power to the full Congress. On Monday, the head of Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra, told local media that once lawmakers understand the details of the agreement, they will decide what direction to follow. Mr.