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Teenager killed in Nicaragua as protest tensions flare again

Sep. 23, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Armed men wearing hoods clashed with anti-government protesters in Nicaragua's capital Sunday, and police said a teenager was killed and five people were injured. Images on Nicaraguan television showed men carrying guns and the red and black flag of the government of President...

El Salvador prosecutors seek ex-president Funes' extradition

Sep. 14, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran prosecutors on Friday sought the extradition of former President Mauricio Funes and three family members on corruption charges. Funes, the relatives and ex-officials are accused in connection with the alleged embezzlement of $351 million in public funds. Funes...

Months of deadly unrest devastate Nicaragua's economy

Sep. 12, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

LEON, Nicaragua (AP) — Two days after protests began in Nicaragua in April, a foreign auto components company was meeting at a hotel in the city of Leon when smoke from a burning university building just a block away billowed above the hotel's colonnaded courtyard. The visitors quickly cut short their...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 7, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Brazil lost one of its national treasures when the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro went up in flames, destroying thousands upon thousands of artifacts,...

US warns Nicaragua is following path of Syria and Venezuela

Sep. 5, 2018 10:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States warned the Security Council on Wednesday that Nicaragua is heading down the path that led to conflict in Syria and a crisis in Venezuela that has spilled into the region — but Russia, China and Bolivia said Nicaragua doesn't pose an international threat and...

Nicaragua to expel UN team after critical report

Sep. 1, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expelling a United Nations human rights team two days after the body published a report blaming it for the violent repression of opposition protests. Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, chief of the U.N.'s human rights mission in...

Nicaragua to expel United Nations human-rights team after report blaming government for violent repression

Aug. 31, 2018 12:19 PM EDT
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua to expel United Nations human-rights team after report blaming government for violent repression.

UN: Ortega's Nicaraguan govt behind widespread repression

Aug. 29, 2018 9:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A United Nations report released Wednesday on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive effort of repression by the government that extends from the streets to the courts. The report by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the government...

Fear, uncertain future for Nicaragua's student protesters

Aug. 26, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Jairo Bonilla was inside a Managua seminary last spring during a break in Catholic Church-mediated talks to try to end Nicaragua's bloody political crisis when two fellow students approached him with a threat. "You're going to pay," warned one of them, Leonel Morales, the...

Nicaragua names police chief sanctioned by US over crackdown

Aug. 23, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua on Thursday named as its National Police director a high-ranking officer sanctioned by the United States for alleged abuses against protesters opposed to President Daniel Ortega's government. New police chief Francisco Diaz, who is also related to Ortega through the...