TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday.
Hondurans feel fate of their unpopular president lies in US
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a closet-sized underground hip-hop studio in one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Honduras' capital, Leonardo Sierra believes nothing will change in his country...
Ex-Honduras first lady gets 58 years in corruption case
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court has sentenced former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla to 58 years in prison for embezzling about $600,000 in government money between 2010 and 2014, when...
Honduras’ ex-first lady convicted of fraud, embezzlement
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court convicted former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla on Tuesday of embezzling about $600,000 in government money between 2010 and 2014, when her husband...
4 buried after clash between Honduran soccer rivals
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Four men killed in a fight between fans of the rival Honduran soccer teams Motagua and Olimpia were buried Monday, as grieving relatives of the victims said the brawl...
4 dead as rival fans fight before Honduran soccer game
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A fourth victim has died from injuries sustained during a fight between fans of the rival Honduran soccer teams Motagua and Olimpia, a hospital spokeswoman said...
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Honduras on Saturday on the final leg of a tour of Central America.
Honduran president accuses groups of ‘assault on power’
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The president of Honduras says that political opposition groups connected to criminal networks are trying to overthrow his government.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Survivors of the sinking of two Honduran fishing boats that claimed at least 27 lives said Thursday they thought they also were going to perish.
Ex-capital mayor killed in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Authorities say a former mayor of Honduras' capital has been killed in a shooting.
The National Police say that former Mayor Óscar Roberto Acosta Zepeda was...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A fishing vessel sank during bad weather Wednesday in the Caribbean off Honduras' northern coast, and at least 27 fishermen were known dead, the Central American...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Riot police ended a three-day work stoppage Friday but warned Honduras' government they will not crack down on thousands who continue to protest in the streets...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protesters blockaded highways, clashed with police and ransacked stores in Honduras on Thursday as part of demonstrations against President Juan Orlando...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of teachers and doctors in Honduras joined in street protests again Monday despite the president's cancellation of decrees that they feared would lead to...
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Masked men set fire to a pile of tires placed at the front door of the U.S. Embassy in the Honduran capital on Friday amid three weeks of street protests.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — At least 25 people were injured in Honduras on Thursday after police forcibly broke up protests by thousands of teachers and medical workers.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Four Americans and a Canadian pilot were killed when a small plane went down off the coast of Roatan island in Honduras, officials said Sunday.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Legislators in Honduras have struck down laws that could have privatized some health and education services, after protests left some government offices burned and...
MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Madison Mendoza, her feet aching and her face burned by the sun, wept as she said she had nothing to feed her 2-year-old son who she'd brought with her on the long trek...
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,...
Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation conviction
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran lawmaker was stripped of her seat in Congress on Monday after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker.
The court sentenced Maria Luisa Borjas of the opposition Libre party to serve two years and eight months in prison, but she can avoid jail by paying a fine equivalent to about $1 per day of the sentence.
Honduran prosecutors to charge another in activist’s murder
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to bring charges against a former executive who they allege was a mastermind behind the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres.
The chief prosecutor's office said it would seek formal charges against Roberto David Castillo Mejia for his alleged role at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
That hearing, however, was postponed at the request of Caceres' family.
Judge finds Honduras lawmaker guilty in defamation case
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A judge in Honduras found an opposition lawmaker guilty Tuesday of defaming and slandering a powerful local banker.
Maria Luisa Borjas of the Libre party was sued by Ficohsa bank president Camilo Atala in 2017 after she publicly read a list of suspected "intellectual authors" contained in a government investigative report on killings. Atala's was one of 16 names.
The lawsuit said Borjas' comments caused "irreparable damage" to Atala's reputation.
Honduran lawmaker faces defamation trial after naming names
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Days before Honduras' elections in 2017, a former high-ranking official in the national police, Maria Luisa Borjas, held a news conference at which she read from government investigative reports about three high-profile killings.
Correction: Honduras-Activist Slain story
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about the conviction of seven men in the killing of a Honduran environmental activist, The Associated Press reported erroneously that three of the men were convicted of lesser charges. All seven men were convicted of the same charge of murder in the killing of Berta Caceres. The AP also erroneously reported the name of Oscar Torres as Oscar Galeas.
A corrected version of the story is below:
7 found guilty in killing of Honduran environmental activist
Former Honduran president criticizes brother’s prosecution
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said Tuesday that the Central American country's current government is trampling his honor by bringing corruption cases against his wife and most recently his brother.
Last week, prosecutors accused 91-year-old Ramon Lobo of pocketing some $300,000 that the government had paid soldiers guarding him at a ranch north of the capital.
Tropical Storm Michael drenches Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of families have been evacuated to shelters in Honduras as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Michael drench the Central American country on its way to the Florida Panhandle.
The Permanent Commission of Contingencies said Sunday that at least 260 homes have been damaged, mostly in southern Honduras, and that more than 6,000 people have been impacted by the rains. School was canceled nationwide Monday.
Trial for murder of Honduran environmental activist delayed
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' supreme court indefinitely suspended the start of a trial Monday of eight men charged in the 2016 killing of prize-winning Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres.
Judiciary spokesman Melvin Duarte said five related filings in the case have to be resolved first.
AP Photos: No going home for Hondurans deported to brutality
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — They cannot go home again.
For many Honduran deportees, home means a return to the brutality that sent them fleeing north in the first place.
In the neighborhoods where they grew up, corpses are dumped unceremoniously at construction sites, and carted off in body bags like loads of potatoes. Heavily armed police patrol from the back of pickup trucks, stopping to frisk pedestrians for weapons, drugs or other signs they belong to gangs.
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) — A U.N. agency called Thursday for an impartial investigation into the killing of three indigenous men by a military patrol in a remote part of eastern Honduras that is a common transit point for Colombian cocaine.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Texas-based pawn shop company has confirmed that four of its executives were aboard a private jet that crashed off the end of the runway in Honduras' capital.
Austin-based EZCORP says that the plane was carrying its four employees and two crew members. It says those aboard suffered mostly minor injuries, with one employee and one crew member suffering more serious injuries.
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."
Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Erika Bondy Pratt, a local artist and philanthropist, came to the United States at 17 in 1969 as an American Field Service exchange student. A long-time resident of The Woodlands, Bondy Pratt, 66, is a member of the Indian Springs Village Association and a volunteer with the Interfaith Community Clinic, International Friends, The Woodlands Art League and Aging in Place. Prior to coming to The Woodlands, Bondy Pratt worked for the American Embassy in her hometown in Honduras as a bilingual secretary. She studied Basic and Cobol programming and became knowledgeable in Wang computers, which were used in embassies around the world. Bondy Pratt has two daughters.
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.
Dam executive arrested in death of Honduran activist
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities arrested an executive with a dam development company Friday in the 2016 killing of indigenous and environmental activist Berta Caceres, calling him an intellectual author of a crime that sparked an international outcry.
Honduras’ former first lady arrested in graft case
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Military police searched the home of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday and arrested his wife as part of a corruption probe by an international team of investigators.
Police arrived at the Lobo home outside the capital in six vehicles and searched the residence before leaving with former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla and her brother-in-law Mauricio Mora. Authorities did not say if Lobo himself was present.
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.
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.
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.
Honduras next in line for US decision on protected migrants
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — This week's news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras.
A decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, and it could have severe social, economic and political consequences for the Central American nation.
US man, woman killed in Honduras motorcycle accident
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' national police force says an American couple has been killed in a motorcycle crash on a rural western road.
A police statement said Tuesday that the couple's motorcycle was hit by a truck, killing the woman instantly. The man died soon afterward at a local clinic near the village of Santa Ana.
Officials say the truck had flipped over after apparently having mechanical problems.
Thousands march against election result in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition leader Salvador Nasralla gathered in Honduras' second-largest city Saturday to protest the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in a vote they say was fraudulent.
"We will not stop until Hernandez says he's leaving," Nasralla told supporters, many of whom chanted "JOH out!" referring to Hernandez.
Judge suspends 5 Honduran lawmakers accused of corruption
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran judge has suspended five lawmakers accused of diverting public funds, but refused prosecutors' request that they be held pending trial.
All five members of Congress declined to make statements during their initial appearances in court on Thursday.
Honduran prosecutors and the Organization of American States' anti-corruption mission announced the case against the politicians earlier this month.