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Honduras may restore liberties

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras' coup-installed president told a U.S. congressional delegation Friday that full civil liberties would be restored within days, a spokesman for one of the lawmakers said following a meeting that challenged Washington's attempts to isolate the interim government.

Interim President Roberto Micheletti said an emergency decree limiting civil liberties, including freedom of the press and assembly, would be lifted no later than Monday, said Wesley Denton, a spokesman for South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.

Mexico raids turn up tons of drug chemicals

MEXICO CITY — Two raids by security forces have netted the largest seizures of methamphetamine precursor chemicals in Mexico's history, federal officials announced Friday.

Agents seized 20 tons of chemicals used to produce methamphetamine at Manzanillo port in the Pacific coast state of Colima and 17 tons the border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office said in a news release.

The agency did not say when the raids took place and officials did not immediately return phone calls asking for more details.

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