The coup happened apparently against US wishes, showing the erosion of America’s influence in a region it once controlled.
Venezuela's populist leader Hugo Chávez has put his armed forces on alert in response to Sunday's ouster of leftist President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras. 'We will bring them down,' Mr. Chávez said of the new military junta.
Soldiers arrested leftist President Manuel Zelaya Sunday as he planned to carry out a controversial referendum to extend presidential term limits, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the vote would be illegal.
An exchange of ambassadors is part of Obama's policy of engagement over confrontation.
Chávez has announced his support for the Iranian president's claim of election victory. The two leaders have developed close ties based on mutual animosity to the US.
But Level 6 pandemic designation does not mean H1N1 virus is becoming more dangerous.
The leftist militants have launched 'plan rebirth' following a year of withering setbacks.
Cuba has shown no desire to rejoin. Socialist states like Venezuela and Nicaragua say they want to form an association that excludes the US.