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Morales' exit stymies comeback for Latin America's left

Nov. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

The sudden resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales sent shockwaves throughout Latin America, where the indigenous leader had been the last survivor among a wave of leftist leaders swept to power two decades ago as commodity prices soared. But the upheaval that has recently rocked the region, threatening Trump allies...

US sanctions 3 Nicaraguan officials for alleged abuses

Nov. 7, 2019 1:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on three Nicaraguan officials accused of human rights abuses, election fraud and corruption. The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the sanctions, which block the officials from doing business...

Nicaragua court convicts ex-student in New York killing

Nov. 2, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan court on Friday convicted a dual U.S.-Nicaraguan citizen of killing a nursing student in New York state after an unusual trial that saw many witnesses testifying by long-distance video conference. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell confirmed Orlando...

US extends protection for 6 nations' migrants for a year

Nov. 1, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Friday it is extending temporary protected status coverage for migrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. The status, which has been granted because of disasters or conflicts in...

Killing took place in New York, but Nicaragua hosts trial

Oct. 20, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Witnesses have gathered in a small city in upstate New York over the past three weeks to testify in the trial of a man accused of strangling a young nursing student. But there is no jury, no American judge and the man accused is seated next to his defense attorney 2,200 miles (3,540...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2019. There are 72 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 2011, Moammar Gadhafi, 69, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte (SURT) and captured the last major...

Nicaragua's Nuevo Diario paper stops printing after 39 years

Sep. 27, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's Nuevo Diario newspaper announced Friday that it is stopping its print edition after 39 years. Nuevo Diario was favorable to the Sandinista Revolution when it was founded in 1980, but has been become critical of President Daniel Ortega's crackdown on protests. The paper...

AP Interview: Nicaragua opposition leader sees long road

Sep. 18, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Opposition leader Félix Maradiaga said Thursday after returning to Nicaragua from 14 months in exile that he will not leave again, even though he believes President Daniel Ortega has imposed a "peace of the graveyard." In an interview with The Associated Press, the...

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

Sep. 16, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday. Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more...