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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.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks tightrope across active volcano

Managua - American daredevil Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope across the crater of an active volcano in Nicaragua Wednesday, taking half an hour to traverse the boiling lake of lava spewing toxic gases.

Clashes after Nicaragua's opposition broadens anti-Ortega coalition

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition parties on Tuesday broadened their coalition against the government of President Daniel Ortega to include right-wing parties and former Contra rebels ahead of elections set for next year.

Nicaragua's opposition broadens anti-Ortega coalition

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition parties on Tuesday broadened their coalition against the government of President Daniel Ortega to include right-wing parties and former Contra rebels ahead of elections set for next year.

Rights groups denounce 'massacre' of Nicaragua indigenous community

Managua - At least six indigenous people were killed and another 10 are missing in northeast Nicaragua following a "massacre" of a protected community by armed outsiders, rights groups said on Thursday.

Nicaraguan cigar factories keep it in the family

Estel - Part of the success of Nicaragua's thriving cigar industry is a carefully honed mystique of family: how the clannish industry was forged and maintained by a handful of fathers, sons, cousins, brothers -- and sisters and mothers, too.

Nicaragua releases dozens of political prisoners

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government on Monday released 91 opposition prisoners held following a deadly crackdown on 2018 protests in the Central American country.

Nicaragua releases dozens of political prisoners

Managua - Nicaraguan authorities on Monday released more than 30 political prisoners held following a deadly crackdown on 2018 protests in the Central American country, a human rights body said.

Church siege ends as UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression

Managua - Opposition protesters holding a hunger strike inside Managua's Catholic Cathedral and the pro-government supporters opposing them ended a standoff Tuesday, as the UN called on President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression.

Nicaragua daily critical of Ortega forced to close

Managua - One of Nicaragua's main newspapers critical of President Daniel Ortega announced it had published its last edition Friday, citing government repression.

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.
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