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Nicaragua's opposition unites against Ortega administration

Jan. 17, 2020 4:55 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's two main opposition groups announced the formation of a coalition Friday aimed at winning the 2021 elections and ending President Daniel Ortega's rule. Representatives of the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy and Blue and White National Unity said they hope to...

Ivania Alvarez holds up an open jug of water to celebrates with Neyma Hernandez after their release from prison, at her home in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. The two belonged to the

Nicaragua frees 91 protesters, including Belgian

Dec. 30, 2019 1:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Nicaraguan government feed 91 protesters Monday, including 16 activists arrested in Nicaragua in November for taking water to demonstrators. Those released included a student leader who is a Belgian dual-national. The Interior Ministry said all 91 had been released under a form of...

Nicaragua nationalizes fuel firm 2 days after US sanctions

Dec. 14, 2019 6:44 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua nationalized the fuel distribution company DNP on Saturday, two days after U.S. authorities sanctioned the firm for allegedly being used by President Daniel Ortega’s family for personal enrichment through non-competitive contracts with government institutions. The...

US imposed sanctions on Nicaragua president's son

Dec. 12, 2019 3:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Thursday on a son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for his alleged role on money laundering and corruption. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Rafael Antonio Ortega Murillo uses two companies...

Altar boys and parishioners barricade one of the entrances of the San Juan Bautista Church after supporters of President Daniel Ortega attempted to enter the church by force, in Masaya, Nicaragua, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The pro-Ortega group disrupted a mass in support of a group of mothers who are engaged in a hunger strike at the San Miguel Church in Masaya, to demand the release of their sons and daughters who are imprisoned by the Ortega government. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Nicaragua hunger strikers evacuated from church, end protest

Nov. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A dozen people protesting inside a church and the parish priest were evacuated from the building Friday by the Nicaraguan Red Cross after nine days surrounded by police, relatives said. The demonstrators had been on a hunger strike to demand the release of loved ones they say are...

Parishioners and altar boys repel supporters of President Daniel Ortega who are trying to enter the San Juan Bautista Church by force, in Masaya, Nicaragua, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The pro-Ortega group disrupted a mass in support of a group of mothers who are engaged in a hunger strike at the San Miguel Church in Masaya, to demand the release of their sons and daughters who are imprisoned by the Ortega government. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Nicaragua: Pro-government crowd attacks church parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Political violence broke out at a Roman Catholic church in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya on Thursday as government sympathizers attacked parishioners with clubs, machetes and metal bars. The attack came after it became known that San Juan Bautista parish priest Harving Padilla...