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Tropical Storm Hanna forms off Nicaragua, Honduras coasts

Managua - Nicaragua and Honduras were bracing for severe weather Monday after Tropical Storm Hanna formed off the Caribbean coast.

'Meteorite' smashes into Nicaraguan capital

Managua - A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua's crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a small meteorite, officials said Sunday.Amazingly, in a sprawling city of 1.

Nicaragua abandons search for trapped miners

Managua - Rescue teams on Tuesday called off painstaking efforts to reach seven gold miners trapped underground in Nicaragua for nearly a week after new landslides made the work too dangerous.

Rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for missing comrades

- Twenty workers dramatically rescued from a collapsed Nicaraguan gold mine joined frantic efforts to find five comrades still missing after the cave-in, officials said Saturday.

Frantic search as Nicaragua mine collapse traps 20

Managua - Rescue teams in Nicaragua were scrambling frantically Friday to reach at least 20 workers trapped deep underground for more than 24 hours after a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine.

Op-Ed: Nicaragua Canal a boon to China but what about Nicaragua?

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has joined up with Chinese billionaire Wang Jing in literally slicing Nicaragua in half in the construction of a rival to the Panama Canal. The $49 billion project is expected to break ground in December of this year.

Shark finning in Costa Rica decimates world's sharks Special

Puntarenas - In Costa Rica, pirates are alive and well, but instead of searching for gold, they are finding ways around legal loopholes and killing thousands of sharks. They are doing this so that people in China can impress guests with a bowl of shark fin soup.

Putin denounces U.S. foreign policy at BRICS Latin America summit

Brazilia - Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized American foreign policy when quizzed by journalists at a press conference in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties

Managua - President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West.

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties

Managua - President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

Op-Ed: Resurgent Latin America and waning American power

Washington - Singing dirges for American power must be one of the most reused themes in international relations nowadays. And it’s not that surprising.

Mexican army frees dozens of kidnapped immigrants

Ciudad Victoria - Soldiers freed 60 immigrants of various nationalities who were being held in a warehouse in Northeastern Mexico by an organized crime group, according to the news agency Proceso.

Nicaragua leader defends military ties with Russia

Managua - Nicaragua's president Saturday defended his country's right to strengthen its military with Russian help, seemingly backtracking on statements earlier in the week shrugging off suggestions of increased cooperation.

Nicaraguan president, out of sight for days, reappears

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reappeared in public after a 10-day absence that had sparked rumors he was sick or even dead.He did so at Managua airport as he received Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, arriving from the Vatican after a visit with Pope Fra...

A canal across Nicaragua: is this for real?

Managua - It would be an engineering feat of gargantuan proportions -- a $40 billion Chinese-built canal across Nicaragua to boost the flow of ships between the Caribbean and the Pacific.Proponents point to jobs galore, a huge rise in GDP and other juicy benefit...

Nicaragua, Chinese tycoon say canal work to start in 2014

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese tycoon Wang Jing said plans to start building a $40-billion canal across the Central American country were on track for late 2014.Wang Jing's Beijing Interoceanic Canal Investment Management Co.

Mexican 'fake reporters' returned home to finish prison sentences

A group of 18 Mexican nationals were repatriated from a Nicaraguan prison to finish their 18-year sentences after attempting to smuggle $9.2 million worth of drug money into the Central American nation under the guise of news reporters.

Who was George Lloyd?

Penzance - The British composer George Lloyd was born in 1913. His opera "Iernin" has been performed this year for the first time since 1935.

No walking papers for Snowden yet

Moscow - Contrary to earlier reports by the Russian media, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had not received travel documentation that would have allowed him to exit the transit bay at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
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