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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

May. 23, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Anti-government protesters wore masks to hide their identities from Nicaraguan security forces during a funeral for a staunch foe of President...

Nicaragua warns banks of sanctions if they join strike

May. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's finance minister warned banks Wednesday that the government will sanction those that participate in a general strike scheduled for Thursday to pressure for the freeing of political prisoners. Iván Acosta said the banking system has a responsibility to the public...

OAS calls Nicaragua to release jailed protesters by June 18

May. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Organization of American States called Tuesday on Nicaragua to unconditionally release all prisoners related to anti-government protests that started last year. Twenty of the 34 member states in the hemispheric body voted in favor of a resolution that urges all prisoners to be...

Nicaragua releases 100 jailed protesters to house arrest

May. 20, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government released 100 prisoners to a form of house arrest Monday, including three human rights activists. The administration of President Daniel Ortega said all 100 face charges of "offenses against security and the public peace," which have commonly been applied...

US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy

May. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U.S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of the government of President Daniel Ortega, his cousin said Saturday. Eddy Montes Praslin, 56, was shot dead Thursday at La Modelo prison outside...

Lawyer: 17 wounded in prison where US-Nicaraguan man killed

May. 17, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student...

5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Central America

May. 16, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake has shaken Nicaragua and El Salvador, where buildings swayed and were evacuated in the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was centered off the coast of Nicaragua at a depth of 43 miles (70 kilometers), but was felt...

Official says Cuban visits to Nicaragua up 900%

May. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — More than 5,000 Cubans have visited Nicaragua so far this year, a 900% increase over the total for all of 2018, Nicaraguan officials said Wednesday. It lends evidence to anecdotal accounts from Cuban migrants who say they passed through Nicaragua en route to the U.S.-Mexico...

El Salvador ex-president Funes paid by Nicaragua government

May. 13, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A fugitive former El Salvador president who received asylum from Nicaragua in 2016 said Monday that he has been working there as a paid adviser to the government of President Daniel Ortega. Mauricio Funes engaged in a Twitter exchange with Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando...

Burgeoning numbers of Cubans trying to enter US via Mexico

May. 13, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened...