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Iran 'does not seek confrontation,' says FM after tanker seizure

Managua - Iran does not seek confrontation with Britain amid a row over seized tanker ships, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday in a message directed at likely incoming premier Boris Johnson.

Nicaragua releases anti-Ortega protest leaders

Managua - Nicaragua on Tuesday released dozens of protest leaders detained amid last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega, under a controversial new amnesty law that paves the way for fresh talks with the opposition.

Nicaragua releases anti-Ortega protest leaders

Managua - The leaders of months of protests last year against President Daniel Ortega were released Tuesday under a controversial new amnesty law approved at the weekend, opposition sources said.

Nicaragua frees 50 opposition prisoners under amnesty law

Managua - Nicaragua on Monday released 50 opposition prisoners under a controversial new law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua approves amnesty for police, political prisoners

Managua - Nicaragua's parliament on Saturday approved a law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua opposition strike observed, in part

Managua - A national workers' strike called by Nicaragua's opposition to protest against the government of President Daniel Ortega was partially observed on Thursday.

Nicaragua opposition calls strike, government vows prisoner release

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike to increase pressure on the government of President Daniel Ortega to release prisoners as agreed in peace talks between the two sides.

Threatened bishop leaves Nicaragua for Vatican

Managua - A bishop who fiercely criticized Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's brutal crackdown on opposition protesters left the country Tuesday, having been recalled by the Vatican following death threats.

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

Managua - One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a pair of pliers. Opposition supporter Lenin Rojas, recently released from prison to house arrest, says he screamed in pain.

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition said at least 67 people were arrested after defying a protest ban and a heavy riot police presence on the streets of Managua to mark the first anniversary of a deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Crisis deepens in Nicaragua a year into anti-Ortega protests

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition has called on its supporters to defy a police ban and protest against the regime of President Daniel Ortega to mark the anniversary of the "civil and peaceful insurrection" that left 325 people dead last year.

Pope transfers Nicaraguan bishop threatened for criticizing president

Managua - A bishop who is an outspoken critic of Nicaragua's government and has received death threats for helping protesters is being transferred to Rome, the Catholic Church said Wednesday.

Government says ready to continue Nicaragua talks

Managua - The government of President Daniel Ortega said Monday it was ready to continue talks with the opposition on resolving Nicaragua's deadly political crisis.

Nicaragua releases 50 opposition prisoners

Managua - Nicaragua on Friday released 50 opposition prisoners held during nationwide protests against President Daniel Ortega, the interior ministry said, two days after the end of talks aimed at resolving a deadly year-long political crisis.

No progress in Nicaragua talks as deadline passes

Managua - A Wednesday deadline passed without progress in months-long talks aimed at resolving Nicaragua's deadly political crisis, with the opposition accusing the government of lacking political will.

4 hurt, 10 held in Nicaragua despite govt pledges: opposition

Managua - A day after Nicaragua's government pledged to restore the right to protest, at least four people were hurt and 10 detained during a demonstration calling for the release of prisoners, the opposition said.

Nicaragua govt commits to restore rights, disarm paramilitaries: opposition

Managua - The government of Nicaragua pledged to restore protest and press freedom rights while disarming paramilitaries under a deal reached Friday, an opposition delegate to the talks said, after a year-long political upheaval.

Nicaragua talks resume after prisoner release deal

Managua - Nicaragua's government and opposition delegations resumed stalled peace talks Thursday aimed at ending a deadly 11-month political crisis.

Nicaragua govt agrees to prisoner release to restart opposition talks

Managua - Nicaragua's government agreed on Wednesday to release opposition prisoners within 90 days in order to restart stalled peace talks aimed at ending an 11-month political crisis, a dialogue mediator said.

Nicaragua opposition refuses to resume government talks

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition alliance said Tuesday that talks with President Daniel Ortega's government cannot resume until "political prisoners" are released and the repression of anti-regime protesters ends.
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