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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.

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.

Argentine anti-dictatorship 'mothers' block government audit

Buenos Aires - The group of mothers of people who disappeared during Argentina's military dictatorship sent a government official packing on Monday after he tried to conduct an audit of their assets as part of a bankruptcy investigation.

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 joins Cuba, Venezuela on human rights black list

Washington - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Thursday put Nicaragua on its human rights black list along with Venezuela and Cuba, the group said.

Bolsonaro 'turned me into a pariah', says gay lawmaker who fled Brazil

Paris - Brazil's first openly gay lawmaker, Jean Wyllys, who fled his country over mounting death threats after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, fears he won't be returning home anytime soon.

Nicaragua suspends government peace talks over 'repression'

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition alliance suspended its participation in peace talks with Daniel Ortega's government Monday in protest over the regime's "violence and repression" of demonstrators.

UN pushes back against Duque's challenge to Colombia peace deal

Apo - The UN warned the Colombian government Thursday that "there can be no going back" on the landmark peace agreement with FARC guerrillas, despite President Ivan Duque's plans to modify the deal he sees as too lenient.

Ortega government asks Nicaragua opposition to resume peace talks

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government said on Monday it is prepared to return to the negotiating table to continue peace talks that stalled over the opposition's demand for the release of political prisoners.

Mexico's president opens archives on dirty war period

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he will open up national archives showing how intelligence agencies targeted activists and opposition groups during the country's "dirty war.

Nicaragua talks deadlocked as govt, opponents meet for second day

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's leftist government and the opposition met Thursday for a second day of talks aimed at resolving 10 months of crisis sparked by a deadly crackdown on dissent in which hundreds of people were killed.

Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Police in Chile arrested a former army chief Thursday on charges of torturing 24 people in 1973, shortly after the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, officials said.

Nicaragua expels international human rights missions

Managua - The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega expelled two expert missions from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Wednesday, accusing them of meddling and bias in evaluating the crisis-hit country.

UN rapporteur slams killings of Colombian rights defenders

Apo - A UN official called on the Colombian government to step up measures to protect human rights defenders following an upsurge in the number murdered since the signing of a peace agreement with former FARC guerrillas.

Nicaragua's Ortega must reform or face downfall, analysts say

Managua - US economic sanctions will provoke the fall of President Daniel Ortega's regime if the autocratic leader doesn't implement democratic reforms demanded by Washington, analysts say.

Rights group urges Argentina to charge Saudi crown prince at G20

Buenos Aires - Human Rights Watch has urged Argentine prosecutors to consider bringing criminal charges against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is due to join world leaders in Buenos Aires this week for the G20 summit.

Panama prisoners build confession boxes for papal visit

Pacora - Amid swirling sawdust and the smell of fresh paint, the inmates of a grim Panamanian prison are diligently preparing for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, hoping for forgiveness and praying for freedom.

Rights group calls for US reparations over 1989 Panama invasion

Panama - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on Washington to compensate victims and families of the 1989 invasion of Panama, accusing US forces of multiple rights violations as they moved to overthrow dictator Manuel Antonio Norieg...

Migrant caravan fragments as hundreds return to the road

Mexico - The caravan of Central American migrants whose trek toward the United States became a hot-button issue in the US mid-term elections fragmented Friday as hundreds left Mexico City to resume their journey.

Migrant caravan fragments as hundreds return to the road

Mexico - The caravan of Central American migrants whose trek toward the United States became a hot-button issue in the US mid-term elections fragmented Friday as hundreds left Mexico City to resume their journey.

Migrant caravan fragments as hundreds return to the road

Mexico - The caravan of Central American migrants whose trek toward the United States became a hot-button issue in the US mid-term elections fragmented Friday as hundreds left Mexico City to resume their journey.

1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon

Guatemala City - More than a thousand Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan police cordon on the border with Mexico Sunday as they attempted to join a larger caravan of compatriots heading towards the United States, police and rights groups said.

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.

US ambassador calls for Maduro ouster with megaphone diplomacy

New York - The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Thursday joined Venezuelan protesters outside the world body headquarters and called for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The sweet taste of success: a Syrian's journey from Gitmo to pastries

Montevideo - Ahmed Ahjam spent more than 12 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, but now he has seen a dream come true by starting a business in the country that welcomed him when the nightmare ended."Ahmed Ahjam.

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.
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