Latest Nicaragua News

AP Interview: Nicaragua opposition leader sees long road

Sep. 18, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Opposition leader Félix Maradiaga said Thursday after returning to Nicaragua from 14 months in exile that he will not leave again, even though he believes President Daniel Ortega has imposed a "peace of the graveyard." In an interview with The Associated Press, the...

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

Sep. 16, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday. Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more...

Nicaragua group says 17 govt foes from countryside killed

Sep. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaragua human rights organization said Friday it had documented the killings of 17 government opponents from the rural north this year. Vilma Nuñez, president of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, said at a news conference that witnesses had described killings by police...

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

Sep. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — A new level of despair spread among tens of thousands of migrants waiting on the Mexican border to seek refuge in the U.S. as the Trump administration began enforcing radical new restrictions Thursday on who qualifies for asylum. "The United States is the only option," Dunea Romero,...

Venezuela's socialist govt happy over removal of John Bolton

Sep. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist government expressed delight Tuesday over the firing of U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, whose hawkish views and tough rhetoric were constant irritants for the region's leftist leaders. Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami, who was a special...

Nicaraguan businessmen assailed after escorting journalist

Sep. 7, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan businessmen who oppose President Daniel Ortega say they were assailed with rubber bullets, stones and metal pipes by a crowd of government supporters. The group of businessmen had escorted home a journalist who has been critical of Ortega. Journalist Aníbal...

UN food agency to boost aid for 4 Central American countries

Aug. 9, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Food Program says it's planning to nearly quadruple the number of people that the U.N. agency helps in four central American countries affected by drought, seen as one of the drivers of migration through the region. WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel says the agency aims to provide food...

Vatican envoy: Nicaraguan government says talks 'concluded'

Aug. 1, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Vatican's diplomatic envoy to Nicaragua said Thursday he has received a letter from President Daniel Ortega's government apparently saying talks with the opposition on resolving the country's more than year-old political standoff are over. Apostolic Nuncio Waldemar Somertag...

Nicaraguan opposition slams government's no show at talks

Jul. 31, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan opposition leaders returned to the negotiating table Wednesday at a business center where talks on resolving the country's political crisis stalled months ago, but there was nobody there to talk to. In what was apparently a bit of theater designed to call attention to...

Nicaragua declares alert over dengue fever

Jul. 31, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government has issued an epidemiological alert over the spread of dengue fever, which has killed at least eight people this year and is suspected of sickening some 55,000. Vice president and first lady Rosario Murillo said Wednesday that the government is committed to...