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Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

UN calls on neighbors to receive those fleeing Nicaragua

Jul. 31, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua (AP) — Thousands of people are fleeing political violence and rights violations in Nicaragua following a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on other nations Tuesday to help Costa Rica, which has been...

8 Nicaraguan doctors say fired for treating hurt protesters

Jul. 27, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Eight public hospital doctors in Nicaragua said Friday that they have been fired after violating alleged orders not to treat wounded protesters opposing President Daniel Ortega's government. The Associated Press saw several of the dismissal letters signed by the director of the...

Bishops bloodied, churches besieged in Nicaragua crackdown

Jul. 27, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

DIRIAMBA, Nicaragua (AP) — A pro-government mob shoved, punched and scratched at Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes and other Catholic leaders as they tried to enter the Basilica San Sebastian. "Murderers!" people shouted. An auxiliary bishop was slashed on the arm with some sort of sharp object. The ugly scene in...

Rights group updates death toll in Nicaragua unrest to 448

Jul. 26, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A rights group on Thursday raised by nearly 100 to 448 the number of dead from more than three months of political upheaval and protests demanding President Daniel Ortega leave office. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association, said 399 of the dead had...

Brazilian student, 3 others killed in Nicaragua amid unrest

Jul. 24, 2018 10:55 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Brazilian medical student and three other people have been killed amid unrest that has rocked this Central American nation for over three months, her university and a human rights group reported Tuesday. Rayneia Lima, whose age varied between 29 and 31 in different reports, was...

Nicaragua's Ortega denies responsibility for deaths

Jul. 23, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said he will not move up elections despite street protests that have seen more than 300 deaths in the past three months, but is open to continuing a dialogue mediated by the Roman Catholic Church. In a recorded interview broadcast Monday by Fox...

Nicaragua's president celebrates crackdown on opposition

Jul. 19, 2018 9:52 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega used Thursday's 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua's Roman Catholic Church as allies of "coup...

Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city

Jul. 17, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government. Government forces began advancing on Masaya's Monimbo...