- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

HONDURAS

Regional ministers seek end to crisis

TEGUCIGALPA | Seven foreign ministers from the Americas and a top regional official were in Honduras on Monday in a bid to end the crisis set off by the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya almost two months ago.

The polarized Central American nation hit political deadlock after the June 28 military coup backed by the country’s courts and Congress.

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, arrived with the foreign ministers, including those of Canada, Argentina and Mexico, at an air base near the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The official aim of the two-day visit was to convince the interim government of Roberto Micheletti to accept a proposal by conflict mediator and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to reinstall Mr. Zelaya as president.

The de facto leaders are seeking support for their position that a constitutional succession, not a coup, took place in Honduras, because Mr. Zelaya violated the law by seeking to change the constitution.

CUBA

Young inmate freed from Gitmo

The Obama administration Monday released a detainee from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to his home in Afghanistan, the latest departure from the controversial prison which is set to close in five months.

Mohammed Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade that injured two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter in Kabul in 2002. Mr. Jawad, one of the youngest prisoners held at the facility, was now with his family in Kabul, said his lawyer, Air Force Maj. David Frakt.

VENEZUELA

Mitsubishi, Hyundai suspend production

CARACAS | The assembler of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. vehicles in Venezuela said Monday it has suspended production for an unspecified time over labor disputes, in a year when the output of several automakers has fallen sharply.

Assembler Sojitz Corp. blamed acts of “indiscipline and anarchy” for the temporary closure of its plant in the east of the country.

In January, two workers were fatally shot during clashes at the Sojitz plant over labor negotiations and protests have continued.

In March, Toyota Motor Corp. said it might leave the country because of chronic labor problems. A union leader representing Toyota workers was fatally shot weeks later.

CANADA

Reality TV contestant found dead in motel

HOPE, British Columbia | For Ryan Jenkins, life ended in a suicide in a remote Canadian motel room, and police who had sought the reality show contestant in the killing of his ex-wife hunted Monday for someone new: the mysterious woman who accompanied him to his lodgings.

Mr. Jenkins was accused of killing his ex-wife, a model whose body was so badly mutilated when found in a trash bin outside Los Angeles it had to be identified by her breast implants’ serial numbers. He evaded a massive international manhunt for days as he crossed from California into his native Canada.

The dramatic end came at an isolated motel at the edge of British Columbia’s mountainous interior, on the outskirts of Hope, a town with limited claims to fame as the place where the first Rambo movie was filmed and where residents make giant wooden carvings with chainsaws.

Kevin Walker, who manages the Thunderbird Motel, said Mr. Jenkins and the mystery woman arrived Thursday in a Chrysler PT Cruiser with tinted windows and license plates from Alberta, Mr. Jenkins’ home province. He stayed in the car while the woman checked them in, he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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