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Latin America Digest: Today's one-line news briefs

November 26, 2009 |  9:54 pm

Livingston, Guatemala -- Descendants of African slaves who fled to Guatemala two centuries ago honored their ancestors Thursday in a celebration of the Black Carib Garifuna culture that included hundreds of people reenacting their forefathers' arrival by dugout canoe.

Manaus, Brazil -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said “gringos” should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, insisting rich Western nations have caused much more environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world's largest tropical rain forest.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras -- The Honduran Supreme Court recommended that lawmakers vote against restoring President Manuel Zelaya, concluding that Zelaya, who was ousted in a June 28 coup, should not return to the presidency while he has criminal charges pending against him, a spokesman said.

Havana, Cuba -- Cuba began its biggest military maneuvers in five years, with the state-run press quoting  military leaders as saying the nation needed to prepare for a possible invasion by the United States.

San Salvador, El Salvador -- An earthquake off El Salvador's Pacific coast sent people running from buildings in the nation and in neighboring Guatemala, though officials said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

-- Times wire reports