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World in brief: Honduras limits key freedoms

From Wire Reports

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduras’ interim leaders late Sunday suspended key civil liberties in response to “calls for insurrection” by ousted President Manuel Zelaya, empowering police and soldiers to break up “unauthorized” public meetings, arrest people without warrants and restrict the news media.

The announcement came just hours after Zelaya called on supporters to stage mass marches today marking the three-month anniversary of the June 28 coup that ousted him. Zelaya described the marches as “the final offensive” against the interim government.

The interim government on Sunday also expelled personnel from the Organization of American States looking to set up a mediation effort and gave Brazil a 10-day ultimatum to either hand over Zelaya or give him political asylum and get him out of the country.

Car bomb targets official, kills five

KABUL, AFghanistan – A powerful member of President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet threatened to quit after a suicide car bomb attack targeted him Sunday, killing five people. Two Americans were among six NATO troop deaths elsewhere.

Shortly after the bombing in the western city of Herat, Energy Minister Ismail Khan railed against the dramatic rise in violence in Afghanistan, saying that thousands of new refugees are seeking shelter in Herat because of militant attacks in outlying districts.

Two U.S. service members died Saturday in the country’s south – one from a roadside bomb and the other from an insurgent attack, the NATO-led force said Sunday. A British soldier died Sunday from a bomb explosion while patrolling in southern Afghanistan, Britain’s Defense Ministry said.

Elsewhere, three French soldiers died in a violent storm Saturday. One soldier was struck by lightning, while two were swept away by a rain-swollen river.

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