Vice President Pence ‘proud’ Trump administration avoided starting a new war

Central America 01/19/21, 01:45

America’s second-highest-ranking official congratulated the president for peacefully leading the nation throughout his first term. Vice President Mike Pence applauded President Trump for doing everything in his power to avoid creating new international military confrontations. "I am proud to report with just a few days left in our Administration, our Administration is ...

General strike slows commerce in Nicaragua

Business 05/23/19, 11:27

A general strike called by Nicaragua's opposition to demand the release of political prisoners is having mixed effects.Small businesses, some supermarkets and private schools were closed in the capital on Thursday. But pharmacies and gas stations were open. Traffic was lighter than usual, with many private vehicles off the roads, ...

Nicaragua warns banks of sanctions if they join strike

Business 05/22/19, 16:23

Nicaragua's finance minister warned banks Wednesday that the government will sanction those that participate in a general strike scheduled for Thursday to pressure for the freeing of political prisoners.Iván Acosta said the banking system has a responsibility to the public sector to be open because it is regulated by the ...

Lawyer: 17 wounded in prison where US-Nicaraguan man killed

America 05/17/19, 17:51

Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student protest leaders were among those hurt, and alleged that Eddy Montes Praslin ...

Business group: Nicaragua economy in ‘free fall’

Business 04/24/19, 15:59

Nicaragua's leading business association says the country's economy is in "free fall" a year after anti-government protests were violently repressed by the government and its supporters.Guillermo Jacoby, an official of the Superior Council of Private Business, said Wednesday "we thought we were on the precipice, but the latest figures show ...

Strong police presence prevents march in Nicaragua

America 04/17/19, 18:07

Hundreds of police prevented a march Wednesday to commemorate a year since Nicaraguan protesters took to the streets to oppose the government of President Daniel Ortega. Hours before the scheduled start, police vehicles lined a main thoroughfare in the capital where the march was to take place and more filled side ...

Fate in limbo, many Nicaraguan exiles struggle in Costa Rica

World 04/01/19, 23:09

Back in Nicaragua, she owned her own home and made enough as an elementary substitute teacher and lawyers' assistant to eke out a stable, if not luxurious, life.Now she spends her days on the streets in and around Costa Rica's capital begging for spare change and clutching a can decorated ...

Pope Francis prays for Nicaragua, victims in African attacks

Africa 03/24/19, 08:35

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of attacks in Nigeria and Mali, and for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country."Let's pray for the numerous victims of the recent inhuman attacks in Nigeria and Mali. May the Lord ...

Costa Rica president wants free elections for Nicaragua

America 03/21/19, 00:37

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has said Central America should not be satisfied until Nicaragua holds free elections and re-establishes a free press, democracy and human rights guarantees. "We should not be tranquil until those (are) re-established there," he said in an interview with The Associated Press last week during a ...

Nicaragua ‘marathon man’ protester defiant from house arrest

America 03/11/19, 11:05

Grasping the iron bars at his home, Alex Vanegas is taken back to the dark prison cells where he spent the previous four months talking to fellow inmates through holes in the walls that also let in rats, scorpions and cockroaches.During the unrest that rocked Nicaragua last year, Vanegas became ...

Nicaragua talks on crisis begin, dozens of prisoners freed

Business 02/27/19, 15:24

Representatives of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and the opposition sat down face-to-face in a restart of long-stalled talks on resolving the country's political crisis Wednesday, shortly after authorities released dozens of people arrested in last year's crackdown on anti-government protests.The meeting at a business institute south of the capital, Managua, ...

Fears rise in Nicaragua over new social security overhaul

Business 02/11/19, 13:02

Nicaraguans revolted last April when the government announced it was raising payroll taxes and cutting retirement benefits to bolster a social security program hemorrhaging money.The unrest led authorities to quickly withdraw the measure, but as the protests boiled for months and broadened into demands that President Daniel Ortega leave office, ...

Mothers of April: Relatives of the slain unite in Nicaragua

World 01/18/19, 12:34

The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests.Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old son Franco Valdivia Machado's body to the cemetery on that ...

PHOTOS: Lobster divers risk injury, death in Honduras

America 01/11/19, 00:00

Saul Ronaldo Atiliano was diving for lobster in the clear waters off Honduras' Caribbean coast when he felt a pressure, a pain in his body. And he knew he'd gotten the sickness that has killed or disabled so many of his Miskito comrades."The pressure attacked me deep in the water," ...

PHOTOS: Lobster divers risk injury, death in Honduras

America 12/26/18, 00:00

Saul Ronaldo Atiliano was diving for lobster in the clear waters off Honduras' Caribbean coast when he felt a pressure, a pain in his body. And he knew he'd gotten the sickness that has killed or disabled so many of his Miskito comrades."The pressure attacked me deep in the water," ...

Nicaragua’s Ortega pushes ahead with crackdowns on dissent

America 12/23/18, 00:02

In barely a week's time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government's alleged crimes.The heavy-handed raids on the country's most prominent nongovernmental organizations and ...

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