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Thousands march in Nicaragua demanding jailed protesters be freed

Managua - Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through their capital on Wednesday demanding that anti-government protesters jailed over the past four months be released."Liberty for our political prisoners," yelled many in the rally.

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Managua - Nicaragua's National Assembly on Tuesday approved a drastic cut to the national budget because of the economic impact of months of anti-government unrest.The lawmakers adopted a 9.

Nicaragua protests leave one dead: police

Managua - A supporter of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega was shot to death in the northern city of Matagalpa as anti-government protesters marched past the city hall, police said.

Nicaragua repression spurs wave of emigration

- On a rainy morning in Nicaragua's south, two men step out of the jungle and into a boat that will transport them a short distance over the border with Costa Rica, slipping past border guards and police to safety.

Nicaragua's economy laid low by months of unrest

Managua - Tourist spots are empty, shopping centers and hotels are shuttered, loans for farming have dried up, and unemployment is accelerating.

Rights group in Nicaragua closes office after 'alarming' threats

Managua - The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) said Sunday it is closing its offices following "alarming" threats to its staff over its high-profile reporting on the violent repression of anti-government protests.

Thousands march in Nicaragua against govt crackdown on doctors

Managua - Thousands marched Saturday against President Daniel Ortega's government and his crackdown against doctors who treated injured protestors Managua calls terrorists.

Nicaragua protest death toll at 317, rights group says

Washington - The death toll in violent protests in Nicaragua against the government of President Daniel Ortega stands at 317, a US-based regional rights group said Thursday.

Nicaraguans turn saint's holiday into peace march

Managua - Thousands of Nicaraguans marched, prayed and danced in their capital Wednesday as they turned festivities for a Catholic holiday into a procession calling for peace in their country, gripped by deadly political unrest since April.

Nicaragua's Ortega defends parapolice violence as US steps up warning

Managua - Nicaragua's veteran leader Daniel Ortega defended brutal action by his forces against anti-government protesters Monday, as the United States warned he and his wife were "ultimately responsible" for deaths and rights violations.

White House says Ortegas 'responsible' for Nicaragua violence

Washington - The White House said Monday that responsibility for deadly political violence that has destabilized Nicaragua lies with President Daniel Ortega and his wife.

Thousands march to back Nicaragua bishops after Ortega attacks

Managua - Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through their capital on Saturday in a show of support for the country's bishops whom President Daniel Ortega has accused of aiding an attempted "coup" against him.

End paramilitary groups, brother of Nicaragua's Ortega says

Managua - Humberto Ortega, the ex-head of Nicaragua's military, urged his brother President Daniel Ortega in a TV interview to disband the pro-Sandinista paramilitary forces blamed for deadly violence in months of unrest.

Doctors sacked in Nicaragua for treating wounded protesters: medic

Managua - More than a dozen doctors, nurses and technical staff in a public hospital in Nicaragua have been sacked because they treated wounded anti-government protesters and were seen backing their cause, medical sources said Friday.

Nicaragua rights group urges Ortega to disband paramilitaries

Managua - A rights group in Nicaragua on Thursday called on President Daniel Ortega to disband paramilitary groups accused of killing, torturing and kidnapping anti-government protesters.

Cuba's Castro hits out at US sanctions on left-wing LatAm gov'ts

Santiago De Cuba - Former Cuban president Raul Castro on Thursday accused the United States of tightening "the noose" around his country, Venezuela and Nicaragua but vowed to "respond to every challenge.

US warns Nicaragua as more killed in unrest

Managua - The United States on Tuesday warned Nicaragua to halt violence against opposition groups as at least four more people were killed in unrest that has gripped the country for three months.

US calls for end to violence in Nicaragua, early elections

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called on embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to put a stop to months of deadly unrest that has left nearly 300 people dead and call early elections."State-sponsored violence in Nicaragua is undeniable.

Brazilian student fatally shot in Nicaragua violence

Managua - A Brazilian university student was fatally shot in Nicaragua on Tuesday in violence attributed to deadly unrest and repression gripping the country for more than three months.

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Washington - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega insisted Monday he will serve out his term until 2021, defying protesters demanding his resignation in three months of unrest that have left nearly 300 people dead.

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Washington - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega refused Monday to bow to protesters' demands that he step down, vowing in an interview with US television that he will see through his current term until 2021.

Hundreds arrested in Nicaragua crackdown: rights groups

Managua - Nicaraguan authorities have "arbitrarily" arrested hundreds of people in a continuing crackdown on a wave of opposition calling for President Daniel Ortega's ouster, rights groups said Monday.

Nicaragua protesters defy Ortega crackdown

Managua - Hundreds of protesters marched in Nicaragua's capital Saturday in defiance of an iron-fisted crackdown on dissent by President Daniel Ortega that includes a new law threatening them with up to 20 years in prison for "terrorism.

Ortega undercutting talks on Nicaragua crisis: analysts

Managua - The chances of talks finding a way out of Nicaragua's deadly unrest have taken a blow after President Daniel Ortega used force to crush protests and called Catholic bishop mediators "coup-mongers," analysts said Friday.

How do the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela compare?

Managua - The violent crisis gripping Nicaragua, where anti-government protesters are being hemmed in by an autocratic leader, could raise comparisons with Venezuela.What are the similarities, and differences? Here are a few:- Similarities -1.

Ortega and Murillo: Nicaragua's shrewd power couple

Managua - Nicaragua's first couple, President Daniel Ortega and his wife Vice President Rosario Murillo, tightened their grip on power after government forces seized an opposition stronghold on the eve of Thursday's Marxist revolution anniversary.

Nicaragua's Ortega blames 'satanists,' bishops and US for unrest

Managua - Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to...

Nicaragua forces triumphant after storming opposition stronghold

Masaya - Forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega asserted control over a key opposition stronghold on Wednesday after a long battle that has sharpened international condemnation and alarm over Nicaragua's deadly political crisis.

The situation in Nicaragua is 'alarming': OAS rights chief

Washington - The head of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has described as "alarming" the ongoing violence in Nicaragua, where months of clashes between protesters and the forces of President Daniel Ortega have claimed almost 300 lives.

Ortega's forces capture Nicaragua opposition stronghold

Masaya - Nicaragua's government said Tuesday that forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega have seized control of the opposition stronghold city of Masaya, following fierce clashes with activists in the flashpoint neighborhood of Monimbo that rights groups say l...
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