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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.

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Managua - Funerals took place 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.

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

Managua - The death toll from weeks of violent unrest in Nicaragua rose to 100 Thursday as embattled President Daniel Ortega rejected calls to step down and the Catholic Church, which has tried to mediate the conflict, refused to resume the dialogue.

Five more dead in unrest in Nicaragua

Managua - At least five people died Wednesday in Nicaragua at pro- and anti-government rallies in the latest spasm of violent unrest that has left dozens dead since last month, police and the opposition said.

Nicaragua's richest man backs early elections to end crisis

Managua - Nicaragua's richest and most influential businessman appealed Wednesday for presidential elections to be moved forward from 2021 in a bid to calm unrest that has left scores dead since last month.

Petrobras cuts fuel price after huge Brazil truck strike

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras yielded Wednesday to pressure and temporarily reduced fuel prices after striking truckers threatened to paralyze airports and nationwide commerce.

Brazil truckers strike for second day over fuel prices

S - Brazilian truckers on Tuesday staged a second day of strikes and road blockages to protest rising fuel costs.Major roads in nearly all the 27 states saw some level of blockades, the Federal Highway Police said in a statement.

Students leading Nicaragua protests demand transition government

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's time is up and he should step aside to allow a transitional government to take over, a representative of university students spearheading protests against the veteran leader told AFP.

Nicaraguans resist government in Masaya, old Sandinista bastion

Masaya - Over the weekend, thousands of Nicaraguans marched to the city of Masaya, a cradle of the Sandinista movement that is now a hotbed of resistance to President Daniel Ortega, the former guerrilla leader it catapulted to power four decades ago.

Nicaragua's army calls for end to violence

Managua - Nicaragua's army on Saturday called for an end to violence in the country and distanced itself from President Daniel Ortega, saying it was not repressing anyone for taking part in anti-government protests.

At least four hurt in new Nicaragua protest violence

Managua - At least four people were hurt in new protests flaring in Nicaragua, where students have led weeks of anti-government demonstrations demanding that President Daniel Ortega leave power, according to rights groups.

Nicaraguan protesters back on streets in push for justice

Managua - Riot police blocked young Nicaraguan demonstrators who were back on the streets Wednesday to demand justice over the deaths of 43 people in anti-government unrest."Let us through! The streets belong to the people!

Guatemalan shop owners march in support of president

Guatemala City - Thousands of shop owners in Guatemala City marched on Wednesday in support of President Jimmy Morales, who is accused of corruption for suspected illegal electoral campaign financing.

The tide goes against Nicaragua's long-time leader

Managua - There was a time Nicaragua's veteran leader Daniel Ortega -- a 72-year-old former leftist rebel whose Sandinistas chased a corrupt dynasty from power -- could count unreservedly on the support of his country's poor.But no longer.

Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

Guadalajara - Close to 12,000 people took to the streets of Guadalajara on Thursday, calling for peace and justice for three film students who were brutally murdered in a crime that has shocked Mexico.

Nicaragua looks to talks to soothe unrest

Managua - Nicaragua on Thursday was hanging on to the prospect of talks to calm anti-government sentiment behind a week of protests in which at least 37 people died, according to rights groups.

Nicaragua protest death toll jumps to 34: rights group

Managua - A week of brutally repressed anti-government protests in Nicaragua has killed at least 34 people, a leading rights group in the country said Wednesday.

Nicaragua protest death toll jumps to 34: rights group

Managua - A week of brutally repressed anti-government protests in Nicaragua has killed at least 34 people, a leading rights group in the country said Wednesday.

Nicaragua protest death toll jumps to 34: rights group

Managua - A week of brutally repressed anti-government protests in Nicaragua has killed at least 34 people, a leading rights group in the country said Wednesday.

US lashes out at 'repugnant' regime violence in Nicaragua

Managua - The United States on Tuesday accused Nicaragua's government of "repugnant" violence and repression against protesters demanding the ouster of President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua rioters uproot Ortega couple's 'Trees of Life'

Managua - Nicaraguan protesters demanding President Daniel Ortega's resignation have been taking their anger out on a pet project of his wife -- giant steel sculptures scattered around Managua.

UN says Nicaragua protest killings may be 'unlawful'

Managua - The United Nations said Tuesday that many deaths in nearly a week of anti-government protests violently repressed by police in Nicaragua may have been "unlawful" and called for an investigation.

Journalist killed as protests flare in Nicaragua

Managua - A Nicaraguan journalist was shot dead Saturday while filming a confrontation between demonstrators and the police, amid a wave of protests against the government which have left 11 people dead.

Brazil homeless group occupies apartment in Lula corruption case

Guaruja - A group of homelessness activists briefly occupied Monday the seaside apartment at the heart of the corruption case that saw ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva imprisoned earlier this month.

Nicaraguans appeal to St Lazarus to cure pet dogs

Masaya - Forget the vet -- worshippers in Nicaragua appealed to a higher power to cure their beloved canine friends Sunday, during an annual festival in honor of Saint Lazarus.

Women's Day marches fill Latin America capitals to denounce femicide

Buenos Aires - Tens of thousands took to the streets of Buenos Aires and capital cities across Latin America Thursday to mark International Women's Day and protest against gender-based violence.
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