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Nicaragua police arrest 20, use stun grenades to end anti-govt demo

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Police wield clubs and hurl stun grenades to break up the demonstrators gathering at a shopping mall parking lot, beating men, women and even some elderly people

NICARAGUA POLICE. Riot police prepare to clash with demonstrators during a protest against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Managua, on October 14, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Many Nicaraguan businesses closed as 24-hour strike begins

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Around 20,000 shops and businesses closed in a show of support to tortured, jailed protesters against President Daniel Ortega's government

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

UN demands urgent action amid 'climate of fear' in Nicaragua

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The UN human rights office details a wide range of serious violations, including disproportionate use of force by police, which in some cases resulted in extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. File photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua protest death toll at 317, rights group says

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) says the death toll since protests broke out on April 18 includes 21 police officers and 23 underage victims.

PROTESTS. Youngsters hold homemade mortars during a march by University students and medical doctors dismissed from public hospitals for treating wounded anti-government protesters, against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in Managua, Nicaragua, on July 31, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaraguans turn saint's holiday into peace march

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Protesters say they are determined to keep up demonstrations to force President Daniel Ortega's resignation, or at least to hold early elections

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Doctors sacked in Nicaragua for treating wounded protesters

Jul 28, 2018 - 8:43 AM

The allegation bolster reports that those perceived to back protest claims calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega were being persecuted by his government and sympathizers

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega refuses protest demands to step down

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says 292 people have been killed in 3 months of protests and repression by police and paramilitaries using firearms

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. File photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua bishops still push on mediating crisis talks

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua says, despite 'the confrontational attitude of the government and slanderous language against the church,' it remains committed to dialogue

MANAGUA BISHOP. Silvio Jose Baez Ortega, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua celebrates mass at the "San Miguel Arcangel" church in Managua on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Ortega undercutting talks on Nicaragua crisis, analysts say

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Ortega, a 72-year-old former guerrilla seen as increasingly autocratic, has taken a hardline stance in 3 months of street demonstrations demanding his departure

EMBATTLED. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (L), wave to supporters during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at 'La Fe' square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua government forces regain control of opposition stronghold

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The taking of Masaya by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega was a significant development in 3 months of unrest that has left at least 280 people dead

CRACKDOWN. Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets of Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 18, 2018, following clashes with anti-government demonstrators. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Ortega's forces besiege Nicaragua opposition stronghold

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appears to be intensifying the use of lethal force to quell dissent

BARRICADE. A woman and children place a Nicaraguan, a Vatican and a black flag on a barricade at Monimbo neighbourhood in Masaya, Nicaragua. Photo by  Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaraguan students vow to keep up fight until Daniel Ortega resigns

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:10 AM

A rights group says at least 10 people died on Sunday after pro-government forces launched an operation in the south to clear opposition barricades

NICARAGUA PROTESTS. Friends and relatives attend the funeral of Jose Esteban Sevilla Medina, who was shot dead during clashes with riot police and paramilitaries at Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 35 km from Managua, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Operation by Nicaragua forces leaves at least 10 dead – rights group

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The dead includes 6 civilians – among them two children – and 4 police, according to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights

ROADBLOCK. Police stand guard in the surroundings of the cathedral as students of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) hid overnight in a church. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Streets deserted as Nicaragua strikes after protest deaths

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Opposition supporters claim the strike was 90 percent respected across the country while official media announced business as usual in several trade zones

STRIKE. A man pushes a cart past closed stalls during a 24-hour nationwide general strike called by the opposition, at the "Oriental" market in Managua on July 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega rules out early elections

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega breaks his silence on the proposal by the influential Catholic hierarchy to bring forward the elections scheduled for 2021 to March 2019

MOVE ELECTIONS. A supporter of embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega holds a placard reading "Let's go to the Polls. (Ortega) Till 2021" during the government-called "Walk for Security and Peace" in Managua on July 7, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

U.S. orders non-emergency personnel to leave crisis-hit Nicaragua

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Protesters are demanding elections be brought forward, or the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, whom they accuse of establishing a dictatorship with his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

3 dead in Nicaragua clashes as U.S. slaps sanctions on gov't

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:46 PM

More than 220 people have been killed in the ongoing unrest since mid-April

FRESH CLASHES. A man fires a homemade mortar during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, on July 4, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

At least 2 dead in Nicaragua's day of anti-Ortega marches

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'I'm here because I want to see my Nicaragua free, it hurts that children like me have died, but we must continue fighting to get this dictator out,' a 15-year-old student says at the Flowers March, which was done in honor of the youth killed during months of unrest

PROTEST. Flowers are seen on a Nicaraguan national flag during the "Marcha de las Flores" -in honor of the children killed during protests- in Managua on June 30, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua unrest mounts as gov't-opposition talks resume

Jun 26, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Nicaragua's influential Catholic bishops say delegates from both sides are evaluating a proposal to organize new elections for March 2019 rather than at the end of 2021 as scheduled

IN PROTEST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaragua clashes leave 8 dead including baby – rights group

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The rights group says more than 200 people have been killed in protests that started just over two months ago demanding President Daniel Ortega step down

UNREST. A man stands near the coffin of Jose Maria Orozco, 69, who died during an attack by riot police and members of the Sandinista Youth, in an empty room, as people avoids attending the wakes of riot victims for fear of retaliation, in Managua on June 23, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

'Not one more death': Nicaraguan bishops stand with Ortega's opponents

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Thousands of people welcome several prominent bishops, who leads them through Masaya in procession behind a statue of Jesus

'NOT ONE MORE DEATH.' People celebrate behind a barricade after the arrival of bishops of the Episcopal Conference and members of the Civic Alliance in Masaya, Nicaragua on June 21, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Under the new agreement Managua would allow in the UN, the EU and urge the presence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate "all deaths and acts of violence, the identification of those responsible and a comprehensive plan for the victims so that effective justice is achieved"

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Deadly clashes persist amid Nicaragua national strike

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Fierce unrest in other areas persists, leaving at least 4 dead during pro-government attacks on activists guarding barricades

ARRESTED. People ask for information about their relatives arrested during protests against President Ortega's government, at "El Chipote" prison in Managua on June 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Ortega stays mum as Nicaragua continues violent downward spiral

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Bursts of gun fire resound through the streets of Managua as television footage shows turbulent scenes of armed security forces on foot and in trucks chasing young men away from street barricades

CHAOS. An anti-government demonstrator fires a home-made mortar during clashes with riot police at a barricade in the town of Masaya, 35 km from Managua on June 9, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ortega, bishops discuss Nicaragua violence but fail to reboot talks

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Silvio Jose Baez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, says President Daniel Ortega 'asked us for a period of reflection to give us an answer, which we asked he give us in writing'

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya, 35 km from Managua on June 7, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaraguan gov't calls for new talks after 5 more protest deaths

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM

More than 100 people have died in the violence sweeping Nicaragua since protests erupted on April 18 against President Daniel Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country's politics for 4 decades

PROTESTS. A demonstrator stands behind a barricade during protests in Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 40km from Managua on June 2, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Pope Francis calls for dialogue as Nicaragua violence escalates

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Church is trying to mediate the crisis in the Central American country, but it called off peace talks with President Daniel Ortega's government last week after a march led by victims' mothers was met with gunfire, killing at least 16 people

NICARAGUA VIOLENCE. A demonstrator fires a home-made mortar against riot police during protests in Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, some 40km from Managua on June 2, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Jun 02, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Anguished relatives sobbed over the caskets of their loved ones at a series of funerals in the capital Managua, shocked over the brutal repression of what was a peaceful Mother's Day march.

MOURNING. Yadira Cordoba (C), mother of 14-year-old Orlando Cordoba, allegedly killed by the police during a mother's day protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, reacts during her son's wake in Managua on June 1, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon / AFP

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights says the latest killings occurred in the capital Managua and the cities of Esteli and Masaya, while incidents also took place in Leon

PROTESTS. Mothers take part in a march in support of 'the Mothers of April' movement – whose children died in the protests – on Nicaragua's National Mother'€™s Day in Managua on May 30, 2018. Photo by Diana Ulloa/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition after unrest

May 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The Church-mediated dialogue involves representatives of university students who are leading the protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as well as some from business groups and unions

CRISIS TALKS. Students shout 'Present' for the dead students during talks with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua's Roman Catholic bishops in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima, in Managua on May 16, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

UN court says Nicaragua must pay Costa Rica $380,000

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The figure is well below the $6.7 million demanded by Costa Rica for the harm done to protected wetlands on the river San Juan, and to compensate its efforts to restore it

NICARAGUA AND COSTA RICA. Representatives for Costa Rica listen as judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) as International Court of Justice judges start reading their verdict in a compensation claim before the UN’s top court on February 2, 2018 in The Hague as the UN's highest court ordered Nicaragua to pay less than $380,000 to Costa Rica in compensation for damaging protected wetlands on the river San Juan. Photo by Jan Hennop/AFP

Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement – official

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris deal

The flag of Nicaragua (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Deadly tropical storm Nate kills 22 in Central America, heads for U.S.

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Forecasters predict it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States

TROPICAL STORM. Locals holding umbrellas wait at a bus stop during a downpour caused by tropical storm Nate in Cartago, 25 kilometers East of San Jose on October 5, 2017.Photo by Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

Don't lump us together with U.S. in climate pact rejection – Nicaragua eco-group

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Trump s announcement means America war torn Syria and Nicaragua are now the only countries to reject the hard won climate accord although for very different reasons

Costa Rica drags Nicaragua to ICJ as territory row lingers

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:56 AM

The case involves a small slither of land between the two countries

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Tens of thousands of mainly Cubans Haitians and Africans are seeking passage to the United States via the country

Migrants by a banner that reads 'Welcome to Costa Rica' in an encampment of Africans in Penas Blancas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the border with Nicaragua on July 19, 2016. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

Hurricane kills 4 in Costa Rica

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:27 PM

UPDATED The hurricane – which weakened to a tropical storm before exiting into the Pacific Ocean – dumped a months worth of rain in just a few hours Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis says

Otto weakens to tropical storm after hurricane, quake hit Central America

Nov 25, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Nicaragua was caught in the middle of both events as the hurricane plowed into its Caribbean coast while the 7 0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off its other coast

EVACUATION. People carrying belongings and a pet leave their house at "El Canal" neighborhood before Hurricane Otto hits Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 24, 2016. A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger dangerous floods and mudslides. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Deadly hurricane descends on Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Hurricane Otto which built up strength while sitting offshore in the Caribbean packs winds of 165 kilometers 105 miles per hour the US National Hurricane Center says

HURRICANE OTTO. People arrive from nearby communities to be taken to shelters before the arrival of Hurricane Otto in Bluefields, Nicaragua on November 23, 2016. Photo by Inti Ocon/ AFP

Costa Rica, Nicaragua brace for deadly Hurricane Otto

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED The slow moving system is expected to churn slowly through northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua over two day

Hurricane Otto heads toward Central America, kills 3

Nov 23, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Otto becomes the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season

Nicaragua's Ortega wins 3rd straight term, with wife

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:52 AM

Government and electoral officials describe the vote as a great exercise in democracy conducted in calm – despite the torching of one rural polling station

3RD STRAIGHT TERM. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) and his wife Rosario Murillo wave after voting in Managua during the presidential election on November 6, 2016. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

Nicaragua's leader and wife seen likely to win elections

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:43 AM

President Daniel Ortega the 70 year old former Marxist rebel is wildly popular for social programs and economic stability and security that has promoted vibrant growth

A man votes at a polling station in Managua during Nicaragua's presidential election on November 6, 2016. Alfredo Zuniga/AFP