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Nicaraguan journalist Luis Sequeira wins Rory Peck Award

London - Nicaraguan journalist Luis Sequeira on Thursday won the prestigious Rory Peck Award, which honours freelance photo and video reporters, for his AFP coverage of recent violence that has gripped his homeland.

EU approves sanctions framework for Nicaragua

Luxembourg - The European Union adopted a sanctions framework for Nicaragua on Monday over human rights abuses and repression in the Central American country under leftist President Daniel Ortega.

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.

Nicaragua guilty of 'gross' rights violations: UN

Geneva - The UN warned Friday that serious rights violations were continuing in Nicaragua with impunity, urging the country to overhaul its security sector and to promptly investigate all abuse allegations.

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.

US, Canada impose sanctions on four top Nicaraguan officials

Washington - The United States and Canada on Friday slapped new sanctions on Nicaraguan officials close to President Daniel Ortega, saying they persecuted dissidents and the press, enacted repressive laws, and denied people medical care.

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.

Rights court implores Nicaragua to protect prisoner lives

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has called on Nicaragua's authorities to protect the lives, health and physical well-being of 17 prisoners detained for taking part in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government.

The struggle of Nicaraguan opposition journalists in exile

It's just past 6 pm in a small apartment in the mountains south of Costa Rica's capital San Jose, and presenters Leticia Gaitan and Hector Rosales are announcing the start of the news.But they're not reporting on Costa Rica.

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.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuela's central bank

Miami - The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against Venezuela's central bank in its latest effort to strangle President Nicolas Maduro's cash flow.

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.

Canada has quietly cut off aid to Nicaragua over rights violations

Montr - The Canadian government said Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations -- a decision not publicly disclosed until now.

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.

El Salvador president-elect to snub Ortega, Maduro

Sansalvador - Incoming El Salvador president Nayib Bukele will not invite regional counterparts Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Honduras' Juan Orlando Hernandez to his June 1 inauguration, a top aide said Tuesday.

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.

Impossible to negotiate with Ortega, leading Nicaragua activist says

Geneva - A leading Nicaraguan human rights defender said Thursday that it was impossible to negotiate with President Daniel Ortega, after a deadline passed in talks to resolve the country's deadly 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.
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