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    By MARLON GONZÁLEZ, Associated Press TEGUCIGALPÁ, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández says that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” accusing him of cooperating with traffickers. Hernández spoke before the Central American country's Congress on Wednesday, a day after several Democratic U.S. senators backed a bill calling on President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on Hernández and “determine whether he is a specially designated narcotics trafficker.” Hernández has repeatedly denied testimony by witnesses in U.S. drug prosecutions — one of which convicted his brother — accusing him of taking bribes from traffickers. He has not been charged, however. On Wednesday, he again asserted that a group known as “Los Cachiros” were seeking vengeance against him for allowing them to be extradited to the U.S. He said they “have been repeatedly lying in the most obvious way” in order to manipulate...
    TEGUCIGALPÁ, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández warned Wednesday that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” in U.S. courts accusing him of cooperating with traffickers. Hernández spoke before the Central American country’s legislature a day after several Democratic U.S. senators backed a bill calling on President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on Hernández and “determine whether he is a specially designated narcotics trafficker.” Hernández has repeatedly denied testimony by witnesses in U.S. drug prosecutions — one of which convicted his brother — accusing him of protecting and taking bribes from traffickers. He has not been charged, however. On Wednesday, he again asserted that traffickers, particularly a group known as “Los Cachiros,” were seeking vengeance against him for allowing them to be extradited to the U.S. “Los Cachiros have been repeatedly lying in the most obvious way,” he told the Honduran...
    Although in Honduras The political consequence of the coup that overthrew former President Manuel Zelaya in 2009 is still fully in force outside the Central American nation is a matter that is unknown. Honduras, a country with little geopolitical importance, does not usually appear in the information of the mass media, also because its executive power is the continuation of a dictatorship so authoritarian that it tends to border on the fascism. The action of its president Juan Orlando Hernández represents the interests of the shareholders of the main media. One of the characteristics of any democracy is that the power resides in its citizens. That is to say, that the decisions of the State are in accordance with the interests of the majority, which has regularly voted to elect its representatives. This is something that does not happen, according to the words of Natalie Roque Sandoval, “the exercise of...
    The so-called “safe third country” agreements, signed in 2019 by the Trump administration and Central American countries, oblige asylum seekers from the region to seek refuge in those countries first before applying in the United States. The policies, part of a controversial Trump campaign to crack down on undocumented immigrants from Central America who represent a large portion of those detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, were never implemented with El Salvador and Honduras, the Department of State. Transfers under the agreement between the United States and Guatemala have been halted since mid-March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the statement added. Saturday’s announcement came after Biden unveiled a series of measures last week aimed at revamping America’s immigration system, including a task force to reunite separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border. and another to increase the annual refugee limit. One of the orders asks Blinken to...
    February 7, 2021 9:43 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Government of Joe Biden suspended the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras signed by the Administration of former President Donald Trump, which allowed the deportation of migrants from these countries, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reported this Saturday. In this way, Blinken said in a statement, the US Government is taking the “first concrete steps” to achieve greater “partnership and collaboration” in the region outlined by the president. Since Joe Biden came to the White House, he has been dismantling the immigration policy of his predecessor. “Consistent with the President’s vision, we have notified the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that the United States is taking this action as efforts begin to establish a cooperative and mutually respectful approach to managing migration in the region.” , said Blinken. We will deliver...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration said on Saturday it was immediately suspending Trump-era asylum agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, part of a bid to undo his Republican predecessor's hard-line immigration policies. In a statement, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken said the United States had "suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden." The so-called "safe third country" agreements, inked in 2019 by the Trump administration and the Central American nations, force asylum seekers from the region to first seek refuge in those countries before applying in the United States. Part of a controversial bid by Trump to crack down on illegal immigrants from Central America who make up a large part of migrants apprehended...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration said on Saturday it was immediately suspending Trump-era asylum agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, part of a bid to undo his Republican predecessor's hardline immigration policies. In a statement, State Department Secretary Antony Blinken said the United States had "suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater partnership and collaboration in the region laid out by President Biden." The so-called "safe third country" agreements, inked in 2019 by the Trump administration and the Central American nations, force asylum seekers from the region to first seek refuge in those countries before applying in the United States. Part of a controversial bid by Trump to crack down on illegal immigrants from Central America who make up a large part of migrants apprehended...
    EFE videos 61% of Honduran millennials would not vote in elections and want to migrate Tegucigalpa, Feb 5 (EFE) .- 61% of Honduran “millennials” would not vote in the primary elections, scheduled for March 14, if they are held immediately, and want to migrate due to lack of employment, and 77% consider that Honduras does not offer opportunities to start a business. This was announced to Efe this Friday by the manager of Economic Policy of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep), Santiago Herrera, based on a survey carried out by the country’s bosses’ leadership. According to the study, 61% of the millennials surveyed answered that if the elections were held today, they would not vote, while 52% said they had no political preference. “To the extent that the political parties become interlocutors of the needs and demands of the people, to that extent people trust the parties,” Herrera...
    More On: guatemala Migrant advocates call on Biden administration to honor ‘commitments’ Clashes reported as migrant caravan attempts to cross into Guatemala New migrant caravan en route to US from Honduras Guatemala searches for bodies as strengthening Eta eyes Cuba VADO HONDO, Guatemala — Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that tried to push through their roadblock early Sunday. A group of about 2,000 migrants had stopped short of the roadblock the night before. The roadblock was strategically placed at a chokepoint on the two-lane highway to Chiquimula in an area known as Vado Hondo. It’s flanked by a tall mountainside and a wall leaving the migrants with few options. Some 100 migrants tried to make their way through authorities around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The security forces beat them back and deployed tear gas. None made it...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government said on Monday it would come up with a plan to deal with migrants stuck in the country as a result of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, while stressing that Mexico is not to blame for the flows of people. The interior ministry said it and the foreign ministry would work out how to deal with migrants left inside the country by Trump's so-called Remain in Mexico policy after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pledged to dismantle the program. Mexico would work with the governments of the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to address the migration challenge, Interior Minister Olga Sanchez told a meeting of ambassadors, according to comments shared by the government. "We're not the cause of the problem, but we reiterate our willingness to be part of the solution," she said. Under Remain in Mexico, migrants with U.S. asylum...
    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could begin sharing sensitive intelligence with Honduras about inbound flights carrying drugs, U.S. officials told Reuters, even as the Central American country faces scrutiny from Washington over drug-related corruption. A proposed memorandum of understanding on intelligence sharing, which has not previously been reported, has yet to be finalized by the U.S. and Honduran governments. Still, Honduras has already agreed to a key U.S. recommendation that it rescind authority to shoot down suspected drug trafficking planes flying into the country. Washington is proceeding carefully, having learned painful lessons after Peru acted on a CIA tip in 2001 and shot down a plane carrying American Christian missionaries, killing a mother and her infant daughter. Former U.S. officials and experts cautioned that sharing intelligence with Honduras about flights entering the country could prove particularly tough, given well-documented, parallel U.S. concerns about corruption inside Honduras...
    TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said on Friday that he has been "unjustly" detained at the Central American nation's Toncontin international airport as he was getting ready to travel to Mexico for a seminar. "The reason, a bag of money with $18,000, which is not mine. Now in the presence of the prosecutor," Zelaya said on Twitter. Zelaya led Honduras from 2006 to 2009. (Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Honduras
    HURRICANE Iota has slammed into the coast of Nicaragua with winds of up to 155mph, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said. The storm hit the town of Haulover at around 10.40pm on Monday (3.40am GMT Tuesday), less than two weeks after the region was battered by Hurricane Eta. 7Palm trees blow by wind as Nicaragua prepares to receive hurricane Iota on November 16Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7Satellite image shows storm Iota approaching Central America on November 15, 2020, at 14:30 UTC Credit: AFP or licensors 7 It puts Iota and Eta among the worst double storms recorded in 170 years, with forecasters warning of a "life-threatening storm surge" as well as "catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides". Iota was initially classified as a dangerous level five category storm, but later weakened slightly to a level four. The hurricane made landfall about 30 miles south of...
    Heavy rains and flooding linger across Central America on Thursday as a weakened Tropical Depression Eta drifts over the region, but the storm system may eventually impact Florida by next week.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the storm now has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph as it moves over Honduras, bringing downpours and "life-threatening flooding" across the region. Eta is expected to move back over open water in the Caribbean by Thursday night where it's forecast to once again start regaining strength as a tropical storm.  TROPICAL STORM ETA LASHES NICARAGUA WITH RAINS, DEADLY MUDSLIDES Eta is forecast to reach Cuba by Sunday, crossing over the island, before tracking quite close to Florida early next week. Tropical Depression Eta is still bringing heavy rains across Central America. (Fox News) "Florida needs to watch this over the next couple of days, because 2020," Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Eta is moving over Honduras as a weakened tropical depression but still bringing the heavy rains that have caused deadly landslides while drenching the country’s east and the north of neighboring Nicaragua. The storm no longer carried the winds of the Category 4 hurricane that battered Nicaragua’s coast Tuesday, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert. Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph) late Wednesday. It was 115 miles (185 kilometers) south-southeast of La Ceiba. The long-term forecast called for Eta to spin back out into the Caribbean late Thursday and then reform as a tropical storm Friday — possibly reaching Cuba on Sunday and southern Florida on Monday. Heavy rain was forecast to continue across Honduras through at least Thursday as...
    By MARLON GONZÁLEZ, Associated Press TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Eta is moving over Honduras as a weakened tropical depression but still bringing the heavy rains that have caused deadly landslides while drenching the country's east and the north of neighboring Nicaragua. The storm no longer carried the winds of the Category 4 hurricane that battered Nicaragua's coast Tuesday, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert. Eta had sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph) late Wednesday. It was 115 miles (185 kilometers) south-southeast of La Ceiba. The long-term forecast called for Eta to spin back out into the Caribbean late Thursday and then reform as a tropical storm Friday — possibly reaching Cuba on Sunday and southern Florida on Monday. Heavy rain was forecast to continue across Honduras...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Tropical Storm Eta spun through northern Nicaragua Wednesday after lashing the country’s Caribbean coast for much of the past day, its floodwaters isolating already remote communities and setting off deadly landslides that killed at least three people. The storm had weakened from the Category 4 hurricane that battered the coast, but it was moving so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America was on high alert. Eta had sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving westward at 7 mph. The long-term forecast shows Eta taking a turn over Central America and then reforming in the Caribbean — possibly reaching Cuba on Sunday and the Florida Keys on Monday. HURRICANE ETA SLAMS NICARAGUA AS CATEGORY 4, 'EXTREMELY DANGEROUS' STORM Eta was located Wednesday morning 125 miles north-northeast of Managua, Nicaragua's capital. Eta came ashore Tuesday afternoon south of Bilwi after stalling just off...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Tropical Storm Eta spun through northern Nicaragua Wednesday after lashing the country’s Caribbean coast for much of the past day, its floodwaters isolating already remote communities and setting off deadly landslides that killed at least three people. The storm had weakened from the Category 4 hurricane that battered the coast, but it was moving so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America was on high alert. Eta had sustained winds of 60 mph (85 kph) and was moving westward at 8 mph (13kph). The long-term forecast shows Eta taking a turn over Central America and then reforming in the Caribbean — possibly reaching Cuba on Sunday and Florida on Monday. Eta was located Wednesday morning 90 miles (140 kilometers) west of coastal Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, also known as Bilwi. Eta came ashore Tuesday afternoon south of Bilwi after stalling just off the...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Eta continues to spin across northern Nicaragua after lashing the country’s Caribbean coast for much of Tuesday, isolating already remote communities and setting off deadly landslides in two countries that killed at least three people. The storm had weakened by late Tuesday, but was moving so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America was on high alert. Eta came ashore Tuesday afternoon south of the Nicaraguan city of Bilwi as a powerful Category 4 hurricane after stalling just off the coast for hours. The city of about 60,000 had been without power since Monday evening. Corrugated metal roofing and uprooted trees were scattered through its streets. Some 20,000 of the area’s residents were in shelters. Inland, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of where Eta made landfall, two gold miners were killed when a mountainside unleashed tons of mud Tuesday morning....
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras — Hundreds of migrants began walking Wednesday night from this city in northern Honduras toward the Guatemala border, testing a well-trod migration route now in times of the novel coronavirus. Calls for a new migrant caravan to leave from the San Pedro Sula bus station October 1 had been circulating on social media for weeks. The caravan comes just two weeks after Guatemala reopened its borders after keeping them sealed for months to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the majority of the migrants who gathered Wednesday decided not to wait for October, instead setting out in the dark of night carrying knapsacks and many wearing masks.  Migrants walk along a highway in hopes of reaching the distant United States, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, September 30, 2020.  AP The groups quickly strung out along the highway with some catching rides while others continued to...
    Tegucigalpa, Jul 16 (EFE) .- The peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Honduras continues to grow, with dozens of deaths per day and hundreds of infections, while two mobile hospitals complete a week without being able to be removed from Puerto Cortés, in the Caribbean, for alleged corruption in its acquisition from a company in Turkey. “Corruption is involved in the purchase of the hospitals that continue in Puerto Cortés, but many patients are dying for lack of hospitals here in Tegucigalpa,” Marcela Muñoz tells Efe, minutes after taking a test to find out if she has contracted the COVID-19. Marcela took the test at a center installed at the National Institute of Professional Training (Infop), in the east of Tegucigalpa, where hundreds of people, like in other similar places, make long lines daily to take a test before the fear of being infected .. Regretting her luck because she...
    Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Honduras and critics question official data. (Free Press Photo: .) Mental health problems are the other “hidden pandemic” suffered by Hondurans, who are affected by the spread of COVID-19, a disease that in 42 months has left 426 dead and 15,366 infections, said scientist Marco Tulio Medina this Friday. in an interview with Efe. “In general, we believe that mental health in these days of COVID-19 is another problem that adds to the issue of economic survival. Mental health, we could say, is the other hidden pandemic that is occurring in our countries, and in this case in Honduras as well, “Medina stressed. The professional highlighted several factors that are affecting Hondurans due to forced confinement, imposed since mid-March, when the first two cases of contagion of the deadly disease were confirmed in the Central American country. In this sense, he indicated...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Doctors at Honduras’ Military Hospital said Wednesday that President Juan Orlando Hernández was improving after being placed on oxygen a day earlier. Hernández tested positive for COVID-19 last week and a day later was hospitalized with pneumonia. In a statement Wednesday, his medical team said that on Tuesday his pneumonia appeared to be worsening with greater inflammation in his lungs and falling oxygen levels. A decision was made to give him oxygen. Doctors said Hernández’s exam Wednesday showed improvement. He did not have a fever or difficulty breathing and the inflammation in his lungs had decreased. Hernández’s wife, Ana García de Hernández, had also tested positive. Doctors said she continued following medical advice at home. Honduras has reported nearly 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 400 deaths. Infections have been increasing since the government started the partial reopening of the economy June 8. Infections have...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Doctors at Honduras’ Military Hospital said Wednesday that President Juan Orlando Hernández was improving after being placed on oxygen a day earlier. Hernández tested positive for COVID-19 last week and a day later was hospitalized with pneumonia. In a statement Wednesday, his medical team said that on Tuesday his pneumonia appeared to be worsening with greater inflammation in his lungs and falling oxygen levels. A decision was made to give him oxygen. Doctors said Hernández’s exam Wednesday showed improvement. He did not have a fever or difficulty breathing and the inflammation in his lungs had decreased. Hernández’s wife, Ana García de Hernández, had also tested positive. Doctors said she continued following medical advice at home. Honduras has reported nearly 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 400 deaths. Infections have been increasing since the government started the partial reopening of the economy June 8. Infections have...
    TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez needed oxygen after being hospitalised with the coronavirus last week, a military doctor said, warning that the leader remained in a "delicate" situation and would need to stay in hospital. Tuesday's remarks by Lieutenant Colonel Juan Diaz, who works in the military hospital in the capital, Tegucigalpa, offered the first public glimpse of the seriousness of Hernandez's medical condition, stemming from treatment for pneumonia. Diaz said the president's condition was "somewhere between a good state and feverish with trouble breathing", adding, "There is a clear improvement." Hernandez announced last Tuesday that he had been infected, along with his wife and two aides, saying his symptoms were mild and he would work remotely, but later went to hospital. After he arrived with a cough, breathing problems and signs of inflammation, doctors at the hospital adjusted his medication, "including the application of oxygen", Diaz...
    COVID-19 cases in Honduras reached 12,772 this Sunday with 519 new infections in one day, which determined that their authorities regressed in the first phase of the economic reactivation in the capital, while the country’s president, Juan Orlando Hernández, He called the unit to beat the pandemic. The Central American country returned to exceed 500 contagions a day just one day before the second phase of its economic opening will begin. The National Risk Management System (Sinager) indicated on the national radio and television network that in the last 24 hours there were five deaths in Honduras from COVID-19, three of them in the department of Francisco Morazán, where the capital is located. , Tegucigalpa, bringing the death toll to 363. Hospitalizations total 1,046, of the 326 correspond to patients in serious condition and 49 in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to the official report. The Honduran body emphasized...
    PHOTO: National Police (Honduras) A 42-year-old man, identified as Martín, attacked his own parents, both elderly, with a machete, after becoming angry that they did not let him out of his home. The event occurred in Olancho, Honduras, when Martín tried to leave his house despite being prohibited by his parents, whom, in anger, he injured with a machete. Neighbors found out about the situation after hearing the screams of parents, older adults, who were left alive but injured in their bodies after the attack by their own son. Both were taken to the San Francisco hospital in Juticalpa due to Martín’s injuries. This man will be accused of the crime of parricide (murder of a relative) in an attempted degree, according to the Honduran National Police. Martín, detained by the security authorities. / PHOTO: National Police (Honduras) .
    Re: “At least 138 deported from US to El Salvador were killed, according to report” (Eastbaytime.com, Feb. 6): In July 2019, Guatemala and the United States signed an Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA), also known as a “safe third country agreement.” The agreement allows for the U.S. to deport asylum-seekers to Guatemala, even if they are not from there. The United States also signed similar agreements with Honduras and El Salvador. The U.S. signed the ACAs with these countries despite the fact that Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are unable to respond to the needs of their own citizens, let alone those of the thousands of asylum-seekers for whom the U.S. may be legally responsible. Related Articles Letter: Humans at PG&E made the choices that killed 84 Letter: Kaepernick is entitled to address Black oppression Letter: The benefits to California of high-speed rail are real Letter: Change to police forces...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the Central American leader said late Tuesday in a television message. Hernández said that over the weekend he began feeling some discomfort and on Tuesday received the test results. He said it was part of the risk that comes with the job. With his responsibilities, he said, he could not stay at home constantly. Hernández said his symptoms are light and that he’s already starting to feel better. He said he had started what he called the “MAIZ treatment,” which stands for microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc. He said his wife is asymptomatic and two other people who work with them are also infected. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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