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Regional grouping readmits Honduras

The Organisation for American States (OAS) voted to readmit Honduras, a move that follows an accord last month that allowed the return to the country of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya.

Mr Zelaya was overthrown and spirited out of Honduras almost two years ago.

International sanctions and months of international negotiations failed to persuade an interim government to restore him.

In elections in November 2009, Porfirio Lobo was voted into office. The US and other countries restored ties shortly after Mr Lobo took power.

But Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua and Ecuador opposed restoring Honduras to the OAS unless Mr Zelaya could return without facing prison.

Courts in Honduras recently dropped corruption charges and arrest warrants, paving the way for the OAS vote.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon released a statement welcoming the resolution, saying he hoped it would help the country heal "the wounds of the recent past".

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