Zelaya leaves, new leader sworn in
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya left his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa and flew into exile Wednesday, ending months of turmoil and his thwarted quest to be restored to power after a June 28 coup. The leftist leader drove past soldiers guarding the diplomatic compound in a 20-car caravan and headed for the airport accompanied by President Porfirio Lobo. Zelaya was going to the Dominican Republic as a private citizen under a deal signed by Lobo and the Caribbean country's President Leonel Fernandez, who flew to Honduras to accompany the former president. About 6,000 supporters gathered outside the airport yelled, "Mel, our friend, the people are with you!" as his plane took off. Lobo, 61, was sworn into office hours earlier.
Incumbent re-elected; opponent cries foul
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, was re-elected by a wide margin, election officials said Wednesday, defeating the newly retired army general Sarath Fonseka, who had tried to lay claim to Rajapaksa's biggest political victory, the defeat of the Tamil Tiger insurgency. Fonseka rejected the result, saying that the campaign had been marred by violence and irregularities in the vote counting.
North Korea resumes firing of artillery shells
A South Korean official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that North Korea resumed firing artillery near its disputed sea border with South Korea. The official said the shells were believed to have landed in North Korean waters. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells Wednesday, prompting the South to fire a barrage of warning shots. The poorly marked border is a source of tension between the two Koreas.
Signals from plane's black boxes detected
International ships searching along Lebanon's coast detected signals from the black boxes of an Ethiopian Airlines jet late Wednesday, the army said, as DNA tests helped identify several victims whose remains were pulled from the sea. The Ethiopian plane went down with 90 people aboard early Monday just minutes after takeoff from Beirut in a fierce storm. Only some of the bodies have been found so far.
Mexicans see record drop in remittances
Money sent home by Mexicans abroad plunged a record 15.7 percent in 2009 as migrants worldwide struggled to find work during the global economic slowdown, the central bank reported Wednesday. Remittances — Mexico's No. 2 source of foreign income after oil exports — totaled $21.2 billion in 2009, compared with $25.1 billion in 2008.