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Nicaragua talks on hold as both sides trade accusations

Mar. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government and opposition accused each other of undermining the latest round of political dialogue Monday, after police arrested more than 100 at a weekend protest. The opposition Civic Alliance condemned the government's "violent repression" of Saturday's march, in...

Nicaragua releases 50 opposition prisoners amid negotiations

Mar. 15, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Friday it has released 50 opposition prisoners and placed them under a form of house arrest. The Interior Department said Friday the prisoners face charges of crimes against "the common security" or "public peace." The release was an apparent bow to a...

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,...

Nicaragua opposition leaves talks until prisoners released

Mar. 10, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The opposition Civic Alliance said Sunday that it will not return to talks with Nicaragua's government unless President Daniel Ortega's administration makes goodwill gestures like freeing prisoners. The coalition of student, business and civic groups said in a statement that it...

Nicaragua reveals peace talks agenda, doesn't budge on vote

Mar. 9, 2019 4:50 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government announced its agenda Saturday for talks on resolving a nearly year-old political standoff, but did not give any ground on a key opposition demand — early elections. A Foreign Ministry statement spelled out several points including the strengthening of...

Nicaraguan Catholic church refuses to join talks

Mar. 8, 2019 5:29 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's Roman Catholic bishops have declined an invitation to attend talks between the government and representatives of the opposition. The bishops had been mediators in the first, failed round of talks last year. They had been invited by both sides to sit in as witnesses...

Negotiators agree to rules for Nicaragua dialogue

Mar. 5, 2019 10:22 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government and representatives of the opposition said Tuesday night that they have agreed on the underlying rules for a dialogue aimed at resolving Nicaragua's political turmoil that has cost hundreds of lives and dragged on for nearly a year. The Vatican's ambassador,...

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...

Nicaragua's government, opposition wrap up 2nd day of talks

Feb. 28, 2019 9:27 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government and opposition representatives wrapped up a second day of talks Thursday, and a coalition of social groups said no "substantive issues" had yet been discussed in the effort to calm Nicaragua's political standoff. Still, the Civic Alliance said the negotiations had...