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Nicaragua volcano blankets communities in ash

Managua - The San Cristobal volcano, the highest in Nicaragua and one of its most active, spewed a cloud of ash Tuesday that blanketed the city of Chinandega and surrounding communities, a local journalist told AFP.

Nicaragua operation rescues two endangered jaguar cubs

Masaya - When a post on social media exposed animal traffickers who planned to illegally sell two young jaguars abroad, Nicaragua zookeeper Eduardo Sacasa had a narrow chance to save the cubs.

Rare white tiger born at Nicaragua zoo

Masaya - A rare white tiger, named "Nieve" (snow in Spanish) was born at the Nicaragua zoo, and is being raised by humans after its mother rejected it, the director of the zoo told AFP.

The Ometepe Island bakery in Moyogalpa, Nicaragua Special

Moyogalpa - In Central American country of Nicaragua, right in the centre of it, one can see a bigger size lake and in the middle of it there’s quite a large island – Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island) – that’s where I once ended up on.

Nicaragua parliament approves controversial law

Managua - Nicaragua's parliament approved on Monday a controversial law critics say is aimed at preventing opposition politicians from standing in next year's general election.

Search ends for people trapped in Nicaragua mine collapse

Managua - Authorities in Nicaragua called off the search for people trapped in the collapse of an unlicensed gold mine in the country's south.

Mine collapse in Nicaragua traps at least 10

Managua - A mudslide in an unlicensed gold mine in Nicaragua trapped at least 10 workers Friday, state-run media reported.Crews began work to try to rescue the miners after the accident in the La Esperanza region of southern Nicaragua.

Central American states count cost of Iota amid search for bodies

Puerto Cabezas - Rescue workers dug through mounds of thick mud Thursday in the grim search for bodies as Central American countries began to count the cost of Hurricane Iota, which left at least 44 people dead amid a wave of destruction.

Maximum Category 5 Hurricane Iota barrels towards Central America

- Hurricane Iota strengthened into a "catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane and was set to slam into Central America late Monday, threatening areas devastated by a powerful storm just two weeks ago, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Three dead as weakening Eta batters Nicaragua

Managua - Hurricane Eta slowed to tropical storm speeds on Wednesday morning even as it pummeled Nicaragua, killing two people there and one in neighboring Honduras, while unleashing fierce winds and heavy downpours.

Hurricane Eta hits Nicaragua with strong wind and rain: official

- A powerful Hurricane Eta lashed the north coast of Nicaragua on Tuesday with heavy rain and winds of more than 130 miles per hour that ripped up trees and roofs, authorities said.

'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Eta hits Nicaragua

Managua - An "extremely dangerous" hurricane named Eta lashed the north coast of Nicaragua on Tuesday as it made landfall packing heavy rain and high winds, authorities said.

Central America braces as Hurricane Eta builds to Category 4

Managua - Eta rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it bore down on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and Honduras, threatening the Central American countries with catastrophic winds and floods.

Fake news punishable by years in prison under proposed Nicaraguan law

Managua - Deputies from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's party on Monday proposed a law that would make spreading fake news on social media punishable by up to four years in prison, government sources said.

Masked Ortega marks 41st anniversary of Nicaragua revolution

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega wore a face mask as he presided over muted celebrations Sunday marking the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, although he has played down the coronavirus pandemic and taken no measures to contain it.

Nicaragua doctors 'fired' for criticizing govt over COVID-19

Managua - At least eight doctors working for Nicaragua's public health system were sacked on Tuesday for criticizing President Daniel Ortega's government for a slow response to the coronavirus pandemic, medical professionals said.

Under-fire Nicaragua reports significant rise in COVID-19 cases

Managua - Nicaragua, criticized by its Central American neighbors for doing little to halt the spread of the coronavirus, on Tuesday reported a significant rise in COVID-19 deaths and infections.

'Express burials' hide true COVID-19 picture in Nicaragua

Managua - Doctors are warning of looming COVID-19 chaos in Nicaragua, where victims' families and the opposition accuse President Daniel Ortega's government of ordering "express burials" to hide the true number of infections.

Nicaragua releases 2,800 prisoners to house arrest to contain virus

Managua - Nicaragua released more than 2,800 prisoners to house arrest on Wednesday to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but advocates said there were no political prisoners among them.

Nicaraguans celebrate Easter processions despite Church ban

- With no concern for social distancing, hundreds of Nicaraguans dressed in costumes converged on the southern city of Masatepe to catch and drag "Judas" through the streets.
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