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FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a masked protestor holds up a Nicaraguan flag above the Spanish graffiti phrase:

Nicaraguans testify of abuses in crackdown on protests

Sep. 11, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Eighteen Nicaraguans who say they suffered torture and sexual abuse at the hands of their country's security forces testified to a panel of legal and psychological experts this week, determined not to allow the pandemic to further forestall their search for justice. The exercise,...

The tie belonging to the late evangelical Pastor Ovidio Valladares sits on a table in his former office, along with a portrait of him and his wife Aura Maria Valladares at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Valladares died from COVID-19 related complications on June 5th, and more than 40 evangelical leaders have died since March from the disease nationwide. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Latin America's evangelical churches hard hit by pandemic

Aug. 26, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Some 400 men and women spaced themselves across a sprawling worship hall, praying through face masks with arms raised for the health of friends and family suffering from the coronavirus. The congregation of Managua’s Bethel Restoration church knew the pandemic’s...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua archbishop rejects that chapel fire was accidental

Aug. 5, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Managua’s Roman Catholic archbishop celebrated Mass on Wednesday in front of a fire-scorched chapel at the capital’s cathedral and reiterated the church’s assertion that the fire was a “savage and terrorist” act and not an accident as reported by...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua police discount arson in fire at cathedral

Aug. 3, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's National Police on Monday declared a fire inside Managua's Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican's top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation.” What the Managua...

FILE - In this Dec 5, 2012 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, left, and Nicaragua's Army Commander Gen. Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo speak during the closing ceremony of an annual defense course at the

Press groups condemn threats against Nicaragua journalists

Jul. 29, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International press organizations and the United States government have condemned intimidation and threats against Nicaraguan journalists. Gerall Chávez, an independent Nicaraguan journalist living in exile in Costa Rica since 2018, said last weekend that he and his family in...