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Honduras' president also has been criticized for making an extended visit to Brazil, where his country's national team is making its first World Cup appearance in nearly three decades.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez skipped talks in Guatemala with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, sending his chief of staff to discuss a rise in unaccompanied children crossing into the United States while he attended Honduras' debut match against Ecuador.

The Central American country lost the game 2-1, and the U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Lisa Kubiske, remarked, "You have a very important soccer game in Brazil, no one can deny it, but the country has priorities that need the one in command to be present."


Associated Press writers Alberto Arce in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Eduardo Castillo and Michael Weissenstein in Mexico City and Eva Vergara in Santiago, Chile, contributed to this report.