AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The presidents of Honduras and Mexico signed a letter of intent Saturday for cooperating on ways to stem the tide of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran police broke down the door of a radio station and arrested a journalist known as a strong critic of President Juan Orlando Hernandez who had holed up inside,...
Israeli PM to stay for Brazil inauguration after all
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Despite earlier reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to attend the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo had reported Wednesday that Netanyahu decided to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and moved up elections to April 9.
Honduran prosecutors target lawmakers in corruption case
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Honduran prosecutors presented a case to the country's supreme court Tuesday accusing current and former public officials of diverting public funds into their own pockets.
Among 21 people named are five current congressmen and six former ones, and allegations against legislators must go to the high court.
US charges Honduran president’s brother with drug conspiracy
NEW YORK (AP) — A brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was charged in the U.S. on Monday with scheming for years to bring tons of cocaine into the country, with prosecutors calling him a big-time trafficker so enmeshed in the trade that the drug was sometimes stamped with his initials.
Federal prosecutors in New York announced drug conspiracy and other charges against Antonio "Tony" Hernandez, a former Honduran congressman. He has previously denied doing anything illegal.
The Latest: Central America leaders want probe of caravans
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the caravans of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico (all times local):
The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras are calling for an investigation to identify the organizers of a caravan of migrants who are nearing the Mexican capital on a journey they hope will take them to the United States.
The two countries have been under intense pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to clamp down on the caravans.
US asks Central America to do more on illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told leaders of three Central American countries on Thursday that the U.S. is ready to do more to help their economies if they make a greater effort to fight illegal immigration.
"If you do more, I'm here to say on behalf of the president of the United States and the American people, we'll do more," Pence said as he opened a conference at the State Department.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had a blunt message for three Central American governments: You must do more to stop migrants who enter the United States illegally.
"This exodus must end," Pence told the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador late Thursday in a meeting in Guatemala City.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on U.S President Mike Pence's visit to Latin America (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central American governments to do more to contain illegal immigration because the "need for stronger actions is more urgent than ever."
Speaking in Guatemala City to the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Pence said that "this exodus has to end."
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The United States' top diplomat and a global human rights group called on the Honduran government Monday to hold members of its security forces responsible for alleged abuses after November's elections.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez the need to pursue those responsible.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' ruling party says it will cooperate with prosecutors' investigation into allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013 campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Correction: Honduras-Corruption story
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a story June 13 about Honduran prosecutors accusing politicians and officials of diverting government funds, The Associated Press reported erroneously the origin of an anti-corruption mission in the country. The mission is backed by the Organization of American States, not the United Nations.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Honduras probe: Funds diverted to president's 2013 campaign
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government expressed regret over a U.S. move Friday to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have resided in the United States for nearly two decades.
The foreign relations ministry said in a statement that it is a sovereign matter for Washington to decide, but added that "we deeply lament it."
EU urges reforms after Honduras elections
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The European Union's electoral observer mission in Honduras says the country should eliminate a system that lets private media companies clear their government debts by running propaganda and also end criminal charges for cases of defamation and libel.
Those were among 15 recommendations the mission made in a report released several months after the disputed November presidential election.
Nikki Haley: Honduran leader should talk to opposition
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez should increase efforts to establish a dialogue with opposition leaders who claim he stole November elections, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during a visit to the Central American country.
Head of anticorruption mission in Honduras resigns
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States' anti-corruption mission in Honduras resigned Thursday citing a lack of support from the regional body and the Honduran government.
Juan Jimenez Mayor said in a statement that the OAS didn't provide the resources necessary for the mission to be effective and noted that OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro did not receive him last month when he traveled to Washington.
Honduras opposition denies gang involvement in election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Leaders of Honduras' political opposition have denied accusations from the president that street gangs tried to swing the November election in their favor through intimidation.
Earlier this week President Juan Orlando Hernandez called for an investigation by the United Nations into whether the powerful MS-13 gang tried to influence the election's outcome. He did not provide evidence of such politically motivated intimidation.
Man shot dead at protest over Honduras’ disputed election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A man has been shot dead at a protest over Honduras' disputed presidential election a week after President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for a new term.
Hugo Maldonado is coordinator of the Committee on Human Rights. He identifies the victim as 40-year-old Guadalupe Ismael Hernandez.
Maldonado says witnesses reported Hernandez was killed Monday as military police fired live rounds to clear demonstrators from a highway near the country's Caribbean coast.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week.
Honduran president starts new term as fiery protests erupt
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for a new term in the Honduran capital Saturday, while across town tear gas drifted across flaming barricades in clashes between police and protesters angry over an election the say was marred by fraud.
The head of Congress put the blue-and-white sash of office on Hernandez in the morning ceremony in Tegucigalpa, and the president promised in an address "to begin a process of reconciliation to unite the Honduran family."
Protesters, police clash at roadblocks in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Clashes have broken out in Honduras as demonstrators protesting President Juan Orlando Hernandez's re-election blocked roads in several locations and police moved into to break up the barricades.
Police say four officers were injured Saturday, one seriously. At least seven demonstrators were detained.
Former President Manuel Zelaya has supported protests on behalf of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, who claims there was fraud in counts of the November vote.
Protests against Honduran leader’s re-election turn violent
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protests against the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and some marchers breaking windows and setting fires.
Video from Friday's protests showed former President Manuel Zelaya being shoved by military police. Zelaya and defeated presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla also suffered the effects of tear gas.
US recognizes disputed Honduras election results
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday recognized the results of Honduras' disputed presidential election despite opposition complaints, irregularities found by poll observers and calls from Congress to back a new vote.
Honduras president calls for peace following re-election
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez called on the country's leaders Tuesday to accept his disputed re-election and bring peace to the divided country, even as his challenger said he would once again challenge the official result.
"The people have spoken and it only remains to comply with their will, expressed freely at the ballot box," Hernandez said in a televised speech.
Honduras president declared election winner; unrest persists
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protests erupted across Honduras on Monday following an official declaration that President Juan Orlando Hernandez has won re-election, even as the Organization of American States proposed a re-do of the disputed vote.
The OAS, which sent election observers to the country for the Nov. 26 election, issued a statement saying it was impossible to determine the outcome with enough certainty due to irregularities.
Honduras’ electoral court declares president election winner
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the winner Sunday of Honduras' disputed election after three weeks of uncertainty and unrest in which at least 17 people died in protests amid the opposition's allegations of vote fraud.
Electoral court president David Matamoros made the announcement, saying, "We have fulfilled our obligation (and) we wish for there to be peace in our country."
Helicopter crash kills Honduran president’s sister, 5 others
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital.
Hernandez, 51, was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother and as minister of social development during the previous administration of then-President Porfirio Lobo.
Honduran government accuses opposition of spurring unrest
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The Honduran government is accusing President Juan Orlando Hernandez's political rivals of ordering "gangs" to block streets and undertake other acts of violence amid protests over the disputed Nov. 26 election.
The government said late Friday that "the gangs tried today to harm Hondurans, seizing roads with the desire to create chaos and a state of terror" on orders from opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla and ex-President Manuel Zelaya.
Opposition blocks highways after Honduras presidential vote
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades Friday to protest Honduras' disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results.
Demonstrators spread oil, diesel and nails on the roads to impede passage by police and military vehicles and threw rocks at security forces, who responded with salvos of tear gas.