World briefs – December 10

Honduras’ interim government says it has authorized ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country and go to Mexico.

Zelaya bound for Mexico

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras’ interim government says it has authorized ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country and go to Mexico.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Milton Mateo says the safe-conduct pass was signed and would be delivered to the Brazilian Embassy, where Zelaya has been holed up since sneaking back into the country Sept. 21.

Mateo said Wednesday night that the Mexican government has sent an airplane to pick up Zelaya and his family.

Another official of the interim government’s Foreign Ministry said Mexico requested that Zelaya be given safe conduct to leave.

Guinea junta addresses army

CONAKRY, Guinea — The No. 2 of Guinea’s military junta has made his first public speech since the attempted assassination of the country’s military strongman during a televised address to the army.

The nation of 10 million has been essentially without a government since Capt. Moussa “Dadis” Camara was shot and seriously wounded by his aide-de-camp. Camara was taken to Morocco for emergency surgery and the country has since been in limbo with no one declared interim president.

Gen. Sekouba Konate is the highest-ranking member of the junta currently in Guinea. A government spokesman has said he was in charge of co-ordinating the junta’s activities.

He addressed the troops Wednesday inside a military barracks, calling for unity. He says, “The army is a family.”

Congress to subpoena uninvited guests

WASHINGTON — Congress will subpoena the White House gate-crashers to testify about how they got into a state dinner without an invitation.

Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to authorize issuance of subpoenas to compel the attention-hungry couple to answer questions about the Nov. 24 incident.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi have said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights to refuse to answer questions.

Reprimand recommended for governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers voted down a measure to impeach Governor Mark Sanford on Wednesday, but recommended a formal rebuke that said his travels and trysts with an Argentine mistress brought the state “ridicule, dishonour, disgrace and shame.”

Some members of a legislative panel said the Republican should resign, but they mostly agreed his affair and use of state planes was not serious misconduct that merited removal from office.

Instead, the seven lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution saying the state’s top executive has “brought ridicule, dishonour, disgrace, and shame not only upon Governor Sanford but upon this state and its citizens which rises to a level which requires a formal admonishment and censure.”

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