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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...

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...

Nicaragua releases 50 prisoners to house arrest

Apr. 6, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua on Friday released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega's government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political prisoners....

Fate in limbo, many Nicaraguan exiles struggle in Costa Rica

Apr. 2, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Back in Nicaragua, she owned her own home and made enough as an elementary substitute teacher and lawyers' assistant to eke out a stable, if not luxurious, life. Now she spends her days on the streets in and around Costa Rica's capital begging for spare change and clutching a...

Demonstrators reported arrested, wounded in Nicaragua

Mar. 30, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — An opposition group said that Nicaraguan police arrested several anti-government demonstrators and that three were wounded by gunfire on Saturday, just a day after official negotiators promised to release people detained in earlier protests and to permit demonstrations. Haydee...

EU hits Nicaragua on rights, seeks sanctions as talks resume

Mar. 14, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The European Parliament approved a strongly worded resolution criticizing Nicaragua on human rights and calling for sanctions Thursday, as talks between President Daniel Ortega's government and the opposition resumed after being suspended over the weekend. The non-binding...

Nicaragua 'marathon man' protester defiant from house arrest

Mar. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Grasping the iron bars at his home, Alex Vanegas is taken back to the dark prison cells where he spent the previous four months talking to fellow inmates through holes in the walls that also let in rats, scorpions and cockroaches. During the unrest that rocked Nicaragua last year,...

Ortega rep: 'Every effort' being made in Nicaragua talks

Mar. 1, 2019 6:57 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A representative of President Daniel Ortega said the government is working in good faith to find common ground with the opposition as talks on defusing Nicaragua's political standoff finished a third day Friday without deals on key sticking points. The first public comment from...