The United States said Aug. 25 it would temporarily restrict the issuing of US visas in Honduras, raising pressure on the government that took power after a June 28 coup to step down. The State Department, which has repeatedly condemned the military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, said that from Aug. 26 it would only provide visa services to potential immigrants and emergency cases at its embassy in Tegucigalpa. The Obama administration has urged Honduran authorities to accept proposals put forward by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, whose efforts to end the crisis have stalled over the de facto government's refusal to allow Zelaya to return to power. (Reuters)

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