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Newsline: Honduras, Paraguay expected to join embassy move to Jerusalem

After Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday night his country will be transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel is surmising that another one or two other countries will be joining US President Donald Trump in making the move. According to initial assessments, Guatemala’s eastern neighbor Hondorus will be one of the countries, while Paraguay is also expected to join the trickle of embassies flowing into Jerusalem. The two Central American countries, Honduras and Guatemala, were among the seven countries that voted with the US and Israel against a United Nations General Assembly resolution last Thursday which declared Trump’s declaration “null and void.” Paraguay abstained from the vote, despite having demonstrated in the past its particularly pro-Israel disposition.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5061703,00.html

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Newsline: US embassy in Honduras working to free six American detainee

An associate of six US men detained for weeks in Honduras has said they were working on a project to aid local lobster divers, and denied that they violated weapons laws by failing to declare a gun. Stephen Mayne said Aqua Quest International has been working to win the release of the six, aided by the US embassy and others. Mayne’s brother is captain of the detained ship and head of the company based in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The State Department has confirmed the men’s 5 May detention, but calls to Honduran prosecutors have gone unanswered and Honduran navy officials declined to comment. Aqua Quest salvages material from shipwrecks, but says it was working on a project to provide alternate work for Honduran lobster collectors who can suffer permanent injuries from dives as deep as 150ft. The State department said that the US embassy in Tegucigalpa had been closely monitoring the case of the captain and crew of the Aqua Quest. It said US consular officials visited the crew on 19 May. A press release posted on Aqua Quest’s Facebook page said Captain Robert Mayne and five members of his crew were detained in Puerto Lempiras, Honduras. It said the team arrived there to work on a project to aid “the struggling peoples” in the municipality of Ahuas. The press release added the men were ordered detained for firearms violations “on the false claim that a weapon they were carrying was an AK-47”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/31/honduras-embassy-americans-detained-gun-aqua-quest

Newsline: Honduras to open embassy in Moscow

On Monday October 14 Honduras will open an embassy in Moscow according to a press statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. The Foreign Minister of Honduras Mireya Aguero Trejo de Corrales will be present at the inauguration ceremony during an official visit to the Russian Federation that will take place from October the 12th to the 16th. This will be the first time that a Honduran foreign minister has ever visited Russia. The talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will focus on “prospects for stepping up cooperation, mainly in trade and economy, and strengthening the legal framework,” the spokesman said, adding “the officials will exchange opinions on key problems of the international and regional agenda and plan to sign a joint statement.”

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_11/Honduras-to-open-embassy-in-Moscow-9055/?bottom=news

Newsline: Colombia Says Honduras Uncooperative In Probe

Colombian police say a lack of cooperation from embassy personnel is frustrating the search for two suspected prostitutes who allegedly stole computers from the Honduran embassy during a Christmas party. Bogota police Col. Jose Elias Baquero tells The Associated Press that the assistant to the Honduran ambassador who allegedly granted the women entry has refused to cooperate. Baquero says the man, Jorge Mendoza, also told police the embassy has no intention of filing a police report on the theft of the two computers. The Dec. 20 incident cost Ambassador Carlos Rodriguez his job. He was fired after it was exposed Jan. 4 by the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo.

http://www.41nbc.com/news/world-news/18438-colombia-honduras-uncooperative-in-hooker-probe

Newsline: Honduras fires ambassador in scandal over thefts at embassy party with possible prostitutes

Honduras’ Foreign Ministry says it has fired its ambassador to Colombia after officials said two computers were stolen from the Honduran embassy in Bogota during a party that involved at least two presumed prostitutes. The Foreign Ministry says that it demanded Ambassador Carlos Humberto Rodríguez Andino’s immediate resignation and he submitted it on Saturday. Colombian Police Col. Jose Elias Baquero said police are searching for what he describes as two “contracted women” who attended the Dec. 20 party. He said Honduran officials have confirmed that there was a party in which the portable computers were stolen, but that they prefer to handle the matter internally.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/05/honduras-fires-ambassador-in-scandal-over-thefts-at-embassy-party-with-possible/

Newsline: Employee throws sex party in Honduran embassy in Bogota

The embassy of Honduras in Bogota has been robbed after an employee used the office to throw a party involving prostitutes and an abundance of alcohol. According to Honduran newspaper El Heraldo the embassy was robbed of computers and cell phones and invitees to the extra-official party defecated in the ambassador’s private office and on the military attache’s desk. The newspaper said the party and subsequent robbery put Honduran national security, joint efforts to fight crime, and the diplomatic mission in Bogota at risk. According to the newspaper, the December 20 party had been thrown by an assistant of the ambassador who, in contravention of the rules, was allowed to live in the embassy and was even given the keys to the building. The employee reportedly felt “lonely” and invited Colombian friends over, with whom the Honduran left the embassy, got “completely drunk” and returned with an unknown number of prostitutes. Instead of firing the embassy employee, Ambassador Carlos Humberto Rodriguez took the party organizer into his home while trying to stop the scandal from going public.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/27577-personnel-throw-sex-party-in-honduran-embassy-in-bogota.html

Newsline: US diplomat heads to Honduras to help fight crime

The United States says it is sending a former ambassador to help advise Honduras on tackling violent crime. Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, and crime there recently led the US government to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers from the country. The US Embassy says it is dispatching Oliver P Garza to advise President Porfirio Lobo on developing a national security strategy aimed at protecting citizens, assuring human rights, fighting drugs and attracting more international aid. Garza was formerly ambassador to Nicaragua. He arrived Tuesday in Tegucigalpa.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-diplomat-heads-to-Honduras-to-help-fight-crime_10735054