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Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalans marched Saturday against President Jimmy Morales's bid to close a UN anti-corruption mission that sought to investigate him on suspicion of campaign finance violations.

Maduro dismisses legitimacy questions as second term looms

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will begin his second mandate on Thursday plagued by accusations of illegitimacy and increasing international isolation in a country crippled by an economic crisis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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