- Ten killed in Nicaraguan gunfight near Honduran border
MANAGUA (Reuters) - Six suspected robbers and four police officers were killed in a shootout in a remote rural part of northwestern Nicaragua close to the border with Honduras, police said on Wednesday. The gunfight, one of the bloodiest to hit Nicaragua this year, occurred in Bocas de Ayapal in the Jinotega department after police and army units ran into a gang carrying out a robbery on a grocery store, police said in a statement. Authorities have not yet identified the dead suspects. Honduras, which has just elected a new president, suffers from the highest murder rate in the world. ...
- Everton turn on former manager Moyes to beat United
Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Bryan Oviedo scored the only goal as Everton recorded a shock 1-0 win over a Manchester United side managed by their former boss David Moyes that put a huge dent in the champions Premier League title defence. Wednesday's result left United 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal and was the first time Everton, whom Moyes left at the end of last season to replace the retired Alex Ferguson, had won at Old Trafford since 1992. United went close to taking the lead when Wayne Rooneyâ s deflected shot came back off the post in the opening period before Danny Welbeck headed on to the bar from close range in the second half.
- In Honduras slum, acid test for new leader's drug gang battle
By Gabriel Stargardter TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A sprawling, well-kept cemetery buttresses the entrance to Nueva Capital, a sketchy Honduran slum with panoramic views over Tegucigalpa, the capital city of this violent country with the world's highest murder rate. Like many of the drug-scarred shanties that creep up the hills surrounding Tegucigalpa, Nueva Capital is a testing ground for the militarized gang-fighting policies of Juan Hernandez, Honduras' president-elect. Gang culture is rife in the main cities of Honduras. First formed in the 1980s in the United States by Central American immigrants, the "Calle 18" and "Mara Salvatrucha" gangs, or "maras," later blossomed into international franchises as members were deported back to their home countries.
- 'Noisy' Icebergs Could Mask Whale Calls
SAN FRANCISCO — The sound of icebergs breaking apart in the ocean could make the seas a noisier place. "Recent reports have said that especially near port of calls in industrial countries, noise levels rose about 10 decibels in the last 30 to 40 years," said study co-author Haru Matsumoto, an acoustic engineer at Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Matsumoto and his colleagues were tracking the sounds from hydrophones, or underwater microphones, located in the Pacific a few hundred miles from Panama, when they noticed an uptick in noise in 2008. It turned out that a massive iceberg called C19 and about the size of Rhode Island, had calved into the ocean and disintegrated that year, Matsumoto said.
- Guatemala holds 21 suspected of laundering cash for Mexico cartel
Guatemalan authorities have arrested 21 people suspected of laundering millions of dollars for the powerful Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, officials say. "We assume the money is from a Mexican cartel, the Sinaloa cartel," Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz told journalists on Tuesday, adding that one Mexican member of the network is still at large.
- World War Two era Japanese submarine found off Hawaii coast
By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - Scientists plumbing the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii coast have discovered a World War Two era Japanese submarine, a technological marvel that had been preparing to attack the Panama Canal before being scuttled by U.S. forces. The 400-foot (122-meter) "Sen-Toku" class vessel — among the largest pre-nuclear submarines ever built - was found in August off the southwest coast of Oahu and had been missing since 1946, scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said. The I-400 and its sister ship, the I-401, which was found off Oahu in 2005, were able to travel one and a half times around the world without refueling and could hold up to three folding-wing bombers that could be launched minutes after resurfacing, the scientists said. "We came upon this as we were looking for other targets ... It is like watching a shark at rest," said Jim Delgado, a researcher aboard the Pisces V deep-diving submersible which traveled to the wreckage.
- Honduras presidential vote recount
Electoral authorities in Honduras agree to review vote tallies from last week's presidential elections, following allegations of fraud.
- Honduras authorities to review election fraud claim
Honduras' top electoral authority on Monday agreed to review electoral rolls and results from the country's November 24 presidential vote after a leading candidate charged fraud. Leftist Xiomara Castro, wife of the ousted former president Manuel Zelaya, claims officials manipulated the outcome to hand the presidency to conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez. "Let us find the tools for it, and let's do this in the most public way possible so that absolutely no doubt remains," David Matamoros, head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) told Castro and Zelaya, lead of her Libre party, after they headed to TSE headquarters to press for a new vote count or procedural review. The electoral roll and results documents, which include the voters' registry and the results for each party, were scanned and sent to the TSE's tallying center in the capital.
- Honduras election authority to review disputed election tally
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' electoral authority said on Monday it would review polling booth tallies from last month's presidential election after the second-place leftist candidate called the result fraudulent. The authority said it would go over the vote tallies of more than 16,000 polling booths, but it stopped short of announcing a full vote recount that runner-up Xiomara Castro, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, had called for. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of the votes, according to the country's election tribunal. He has vowed to curb the drug violence that has given Honduras the world's highest murder rate.
- Thousands take to the streets in Honduras to protest election result
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate, the wife of ousted former leader Manuel Zelaya, led thousands of supporters onto the streets of Tegucigalpa on Sunday to protest an election result she has called fraudulent. The demonstration by a crowd estimated at several thousand people passed off peacefully, which analysts said offered some hope for political stability. The ruling National Party's Juan Hernandez, who is head of Congress, won last week's election with 36.8 percent of votes, according to the country's election tribunal. Xiomara Castro ran as the candidate of the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) - a coalition of leftist politicians, unions and indigenous groups founded by her husband.
- Conservative won Honduras vote by eight-point margin: official
Honduras election officials said late Saturday that conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez defeated rival leftist presidential hopeful Xiomara Castro by eight percentage points. With the vote count complete, Hernandez of the ruling National Party won 36.80 percent of the vote in the November 24 election against 28.79 for Castro -- wife of former president Manuel Zelaya -- with the Libre party. David Matamoros, head of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, had announced Hernandez's victory in the presidential election on Wednesday, but votes were still being counted and the margin of victory was uncertain.
- Honduras Election Results Challenged
Xiomara Castro, the left-wing presidential candidate in last week’s elections, has rejected the official results and called on her supporters to march in the streets.
- Honduran candidate calls for protest, vote recount
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro announced Friday that she won't recognize the result of Honduras' presidential election because of alleged voter fraud and called on her supporters to protest the win by the ruling party candidate.
- Honduras candidate calls for protest, vote recount
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro says she won't recognize the result of Honduras' presidential election because of alleged voter fraud and is calling on her supporters to protest the win by the ruling party candidate.
- Honduras's defiant left asks for presidential election recount
By Gustavo Palencia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The party of Honduras' defeated leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro demanded a full vote recount on Friday, offering examples of poll fraud that supporters say robbed her of victory this week when conservative Juan Hernandez was declared the winner. Hernandez, who is head of Congress and enjoys close ties with incumbent president Porfirio Lobo, was declared winner on Monday, promising to tame violence that has made Honduras the world's murder capital. Castro, wife of former ousted leader Manuel Zelaya, has refused to accept the results, setting the stage for a protracted conflict. On Friday, Castro's Liberty and Refoundation Party, demanded a full recount of 16,135 ballot boxes, arguing that certificates signed by the parties and submitted to election authorities with local vote tallies had been falsified.
- Honduran leftist presidential candidate to unveil 'fraud'
Honduran leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro vowed Friday to deliver proof of the fraud she claims cheated her out of the presidency. The electoral authorities called Sunday's election in favor of her conservative rival Juan Orlando Hernandez. She is the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a military-backed coup just four years ago after his politics veered to the left. Castro's campaign earlier charged that electoral authorities unfairly gave a 19 percent advantage to Hernandez, cheating Castro out of a win that would make her the first woman president of Honduras.
- Earthquake shakes San Salvador, no major damage reported
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - An earthquake rattled buildings in San Salvador on Friday morning, although there were no immediate reports of damage. Mexico's national seismological agency reported that a quake of 5.2 magnitude had been registered in El Salvador. (Reporting by Nelson Renteria)
- Nicaraguan committee passes change to remove presidential term limits
By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A Nicaraguan parliamentary committee on Thursday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and has raised concerns about democracy in the country. The plan put forward this month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front was passed by the four Sandinista members of the seven-strong committee, paving the way for a full vote on the package of changes in December. The Sandinistas hold 63 of the 92 seats in Nicaragua's National Assembly, giving the party the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution in a vote due by December 15. Alba Palacios, a Sandinista member of the assembly, said the package originally containing 39 changes had been broadened to include 42, though she did not give details of the new ones.
- Fresh protests keep Honduras political tensions high
Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in the streets of Honduras's capital Thursday to support the leftist presidential candidate from whom they believe victory was snatched. "Juan Orlando, dictator!" and "Get out of Honduras!" an estimated 500 marchers chanted, referring to conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal says Hernandez won the vote with an unbeatable 36.35 percent lead after Sunday's presidential election, against 28.91 percent for leftist Xiomara Castro, wife of ousted ex-president Manuel Zelaya. It was the third day running that hundreds of students rallied to support Castro, who would be impoverished Honduras's first woman president if elected.
- Hernandez declared winner of disputed Honduras vote
The head of Honduras' electoral tribunal declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner of the presidential poll, amid allegations of vote-rigging from the losing leftist candidate. "These numbers that we released today clearly indicate that the winner of the general election is Juan Orlando Hernandez," said David Matamoros, president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, on radio and television. Figures from 81.5 percent of polling stations give Hernandez 35.88 percent to Xiomara Castro's 29.14 percent.
- Honduras roiled by claims of fraud in presidential vote
Opposition charges of fraud roiled Honduras Wednesday as the official count in the country's presidential elections showed a clear victory for conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez over leftist candidate Xiomara Castro. The electoral tribunal has said Hernandez won, scoring 34 percent compared to the 29 percent of his rival, with 68 percent of polling stations tallied. Castro and her husband, deposed ex-president Manuel Zelaya, allege that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal manipulated 19 percent of the votes to favor Hernandez.
- Panama freeing most of North Korean crew in smuggled arms case
By Lomi Kriel PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama is freeing most of the 35 North Korean crew members it detained more than four months ago for smuggling Cuban weapons aboard a ship, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Tomas Cabal, head of the anti-terrorism section of Panama's Foreign Ministry, said 32 of the crew of the Chong Chon Gang would be freed and should leave the country by Thursday. The three most senior members, including the captain, still face charges of threatening Panama's security by seeking to move undeclared weapons through the Panama Canal.
- U.S. affirms support for Japan in island dispute with China
By Mark Felsenthal and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States pledged support for ally Japan on Wednesday in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea as senior U.S. administration officials said China's claim to air space over the islands had unsettled its neighbors. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Japanese counterpart in a phone call that the two nations' defense treaty covers the small island group where China established a new airspace defense zone last week and "commended the Japanese government for exercising appropriate restraint," a Pentagon spokesman said. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due to visit China, Japan and South Korea during a week-long trip and will seek to ease tensions heightened after China demanded that airplanes flying near the islands identify themselves to Chinese authorities, senior U.S. administration officials said.
- Honduras' president-elect names transition team
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' newly elected president named his transition team Tuesday, while about 200 students protested to demand a recount of the vote in the poor Central American nation.
- Protest in tense Honduras after disputed presidential vote
Hundreds of demonstrators blocked streets in the Honduras capital Tuesday in support of the leftist presidential candidate, who is claiming victory though authorities say the conservative won. He was among some 400 student-aged supporters of leftist Xiomara Castro, who has claimed victory in Sunday's presidential race though electoral officials say conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez beat her 34 to 29 percent, with 67 percent of polling stations tallied. Local government institutions are so weak and the police so corrupt that Honduras is on the brink of becoming a failed state. Gangs run whole neighborhoods, extorting businesses as large as factories and as small as tortilla stands, while drug cartels use Honduras as a transfer point for shipping illegal drugs, especially cocaine, from South America to the United States.
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