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Nicaragua fights protests with 'shoot to kill' policy: Amnesty

Paris - Nicaragua resorted to a "shoot to kill" strategy to repress recent anti-government protests, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in Paris Thursday.

Nicaragua frees 30 arrested for staging protest

Managua - Nicaragua's government on Monday freed 30 protesters who had been detained in a violent police intervention as they tried to march in Managua.

Nicaragua police arrest 20, use stun grenades to end anti-govt demo

Managua - Some 20 protesters were arrested Sunday when Nicaraguan police swooped in to break up a meeting of demonstrators gathering for a march against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

One dead in anti-Ortega march in Nicaragua

Managua - An attack on a protest by opponents of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega left one person dead and at least five others wounded in the capital Managua, police said.

Bianca Jagger, a onetime Sandinista supporter, wants Ortega to go

New York - Bianca Jagger once defended the Sandinista revolution of Daniel Ortega. But today, the Nicaraguan rights campaigner wants to see the controversial leader leave office in her homeland.

Thousands in anti-Ortega protest in Nicaragua capital

Managua - Thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday through Nicaragua's capital Managua to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and the liberation of hundreds detained during months of deadly government repression.

US approves return of non-emergency personnel to Nicaragua

Managua - The United States on Wednesday approved the return to Nicaragua of non-emergency personnel and diplomats' family members after they were pulled from the Central American nation during weeks of deadly anti-government protests.

Many Nicaraguan businesses closed as 24-hour strike begins

Managua - Many shops, banks and gas stations were closed Friday in a 24-hour strike in Nicaragua called by the opposition in protest at "political prisoners" and the rule of President Daniel Ortega's government.

Nicaraguan opposition calls for 24-hour strike

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition called a 24-hour strike on Thursday, due to start the next day, in protest against President Daniel Ortega and to demand the release of "political prisoners.

Russia at UN accuses US of 'destructive' meddling in Nicaragua

New York - Russia on Wednesday accused the United States of 'destructive' meddling in Nicaragua's affairs for calling a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in the Central American country.

Two injured in new Nicaragua protests

Managua - At least two people were hurt by gunfire Sunday as suspected paramilitaries targeted anti-government demonstrators in Nicaragua's capital.

UN human rights mission departs Nicaragua

Managua - The United Nations human rights mission left Nicaragua Saturday after being ordered out by a government it criticized over its heavy-handed response to anti-regime protests.

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Managua - The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Friday expelled the United Nations human rights mission two days after it published a report criticizing the "climate of fear" in the Central American country.

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Managua - The government of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega on Friday expelled the United Nations human rights mission to the Central American country, a local NGO group said.

UN demands urgent action amid 'climate of fear' in Nicaragua

Geneva - The United Nations called Wednesday for urgent action to prevent Nicaragua from descending further into turmoil after months of violent repression of protests against President Daniel Ortega's rule.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

S - Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbor.

OAS chief reiterates call for Nicaragua elections

Santiago - Crisis-torn Nicaragua must hold elections to return the country to democracy after four months of protests against President Daniel Ortega's rule, the head of the Organization of American States said Sunday.

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.
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