Latest Daniel Ortega News

Bishop critical of Nicaragua's Ortega leaves for Vatican

Apr. 23, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Daniel Ortega over Nicaragua's political standoff left the country Tuesday after being called to the Vatican indefinitely by Pope Francis. Speaking at Managua's international airport, where no members of...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 20, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...

Group: Americas saw greatest deterioration of press freedom

Apr. 18, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americas saw the greatest deterioration in press freedom of any part of the world during the last year, a press advocacy group said Thursday. The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders shows that Nicaragua fell 24 places from the previous year's list due...

Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

Apr. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the...

Strong police presence prevents march in Nicaragua

Apr. 17, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — 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...

The Latest: US sanctions on Venezuelan bank aimed at Maduro

Apr. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's position on Cuba (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.S. says it's imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Venezuela. The Trump administration says the bank has been instrumental in propping up the government of Venezuela's president, Nicolas...

Nicaragua police deny permit for protest anniversary march

Apr. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's national police denied a permit request Tuesday for a march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the start of anti-government protests, setting up a possible conflict with the opposition, which has called for the march to go on. The police said the request did...

Nicaragua gov't says it will guarantee safe return of exiles

Apr. 15, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Monday it will implement a program to guarantee the safe return of exiles, a proposal the opposition dismissed as "absurd." Anyone who fled in the past year and does not have an open court case or formal accusation against them will be eligible to...

Bishop asks Nicaraguans to 'fight for freedom' in speech

Apr. 14, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The auxiliary bishop of Nicaragua's capital, a vocal critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega, urged Nicaraguans to "fight for freedom" Sunday, in a final message before being transferred to Rome at the request of Pope Francis. Silvio Báez drew parallels between...

Pope calls Nicaragua bishop critical of government to Rome

Apr. 10, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has asked one of Nicaragua's most outspoken bishops to come to Rome for an undetermined period of time, church officials said Wednesday. Silvio Báez, Managua's auxiliary bishop, has been a vocal critic of President Daniel Ortega and his government's crackdown on...