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Campaigning for Brazil presidential election begins

Bras - Campaigning for Brazil's wildly unpredictable presidential race officially got under way on Thursday with jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's name amongst the 13 candidates formally registered.

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.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

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.

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 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.

Thousands march in Chile demanding abortion law overhaul

Santiago - Thousands of people took part in a march in the Chilean capital demanding reform of laws that allow abortion only in cases of rape or reasons of health.

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.

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.

Seniors block Venezuela streets demanding pension checks

Caracas - Perched on plastic lawn chairs and leaning on canes, scores of retirees protested Wednesday to demand payment of their retirement benefits in crisis-hit Venezuela.

Church says govt forces kill two on Nicaragua day of protest

Managua - Government forces in Nicaragua shot dead two young men at a protest site at a church Saturday, the clergy said, on the third day of nationwide demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega, a former revolutionary hero now accused of authoritarianism.

Strike begins in Nicaragua after five die in protest violence

Managua - A day after five people were killed in violence surrounding protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a 24-hour opposition-called strike began on Friday.

Five dead in latest Nicaraguan protest violence

Managua - Four police officers and a protester died Thursday in Nicaragua, the latest in around 270 fatalities in months of demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega -- a one-time revolutionary hero now derided as a leftist despot.

Four police officers, one protester killed in Nicaragua protest

Managua - Four police officers and a protester were killed Thursday in a confrontation in Nicaragua, where violent unrest has left over 260 people dead in three months amid anti-government demonstrations.

Nicaragua activists crank up protests despite fears

Managua - Opposition activists are steeling themselves for three days of protests against Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, as fears mount over the brutal suppresion of dissent by government forces.

Nicaraguans fear return to civil war past

Masaya - When still just 16, Alvaro Gomez fought with revolutionary forces against a US-backed dictatorship during the Nicaraguan civil war.He lost comrades and a leg after he was hit by a grenade fired from a rocket-propelled launcher.

Ortega's VP wife says Nicaragua leaving 'darkness' behind

Managua - Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo on Tuesday said her violence-wracked country is leaving behind its "darkness," and defended her government's deadly crackdown against protesters seeking the ouster of her husband, President Daniel Ortega.

US orders non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-hit Nicaragua

Managua - The United States on Friday ordered all of its non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-stricken Nicaragua amid a wave of anti-government protests and violence that has left 230 dead, the embassy in the capital Managua said.

Nicaragua human chain calls for Ortega ouster

Managua - Thousands of Nicaraguans formed a human chain Wednesday to demand the departure of President Daniel Ortega and an end to months of violence that has left at least 220 people dead.

Ortega's brother joins calls for early elections in Nicaragua

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's younger brother, former army chief Humberto Ortega, called Wednesday for early elections and the dismantling of violent pro-government paramilitary groups to help resolve months of unrest that has killed more than 2...

Nicaragua's crisis deals a crushing blow to businesses large and small

Managua - With hotels, restaurants, bars, stores, workshops and even tortilla sellers driven out of business or struggling to survive, and with thousands of people left jobless, the turbulent political crisis sundering Nicaragua has taken a broader toll, plungin...

Nicaragua's LGBT community urges Ortega to resign

Managua - Nicaragua's LGBT community joined with devout Catholic adherents on Thursday in demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and an end to political violence that has left 220 dead in just over two months.

Nicaragua unrest mounts as government-opposition talks resume

Managua - The Nicaraguan government and opposition, which is demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, resumed talks Monday aimed at ending two months of unrest that has left more than 200 people dead.

Mexico, gay pride flags caught up in victorious jumble of joy

Mexico - Thousands of Mexicans wept, cheered and chanted Saturday in their capital city where a planned gay pride event was swept over by megafans enraptured by their national football team's World Cup win.

Released protesters claim mistreatment by Nicaragua government

Managua - Jailed Nicaraguan protesters said they had suffered beatings and mistreatment in detention following their release Friday after a plea by Catholic bishops, as the death toll in two months of anti-government protests rose to 212.

Nicaraguan town defies government siege to bury dead

Masaya - Residents in the Nicaraguan opposition bastion of Masaya were on Wednesday holding off an offensive by police and pro-government paramilitaries as fresh violence flared across the Central American country.

Nicaragua talks on hold as student becomes 135th victim of violence

Managua - Gunmen opened fire on a barricade manned by anti-government protesters, killing a student, amid stalled efforts to revive peace negotiations between the government and opposition.

Nicaragua president to meet Catholic bishops for new crisis talks

Managua - President Daniel Ortega will meet Nicaragua's Catholic bishops Thursday to discuss resuming church-mediated talks on ending a political crisis and protest violence that has left more than 120 people dead, the bishops' conference said.

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Managua - Mourning families held funerals across Nicaragua on Friday for 16 people killed in one of the bloodiest days of protest in the country, where weeks of anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 dead.
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