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FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks at the opening of a national dialogue, in Managua, Nicaragua. Ortega spoke in a nationally televised address on Monday, May 18, 2020, and blamed health monitoring measures taken by Costa Rica for his country's decision to close their two border crossings. The dispute boiled over since Costa Rica began May 8 testing all truck drivers entering the country for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaragua's Ortega threatens life sentences for opponents

Sep. 16, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Tuesday he has proposed a legal reform to allow sentences of life in prison and threatened to use it against some government opponents, accusing them of committing “hate crimes.” The maximum punishment under Nicaragua's penal...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Mateo Barrera, 4, originally from El Salvador, whose family members benefit from Temporary Protected Status attends a news conference in Los Angeles. The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction that had blocked the government from ending Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for people from those four countries. People from El Salvador would be most affected. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Sep. 14, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave wouldn't take...

FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a masked protestor holds up a Nicaraguan flag above the Spanish graffiti phrase:

Nicaraguans testify of abuses in crackdown on protests

Sep. 11, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Eighteen Nicaraguans who say they suffered torture and sexual abuse at the hands of their country's security forces testified to a panel of legal and psychological experts this week, determined not to allow the pandemic to further forestall their search for justice. The exercise,...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by banners showing the menu items of restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. South Korean officials are considering reducing working hours of restaurants and cafes as the country counted its 15th straight day of triple-digit jumps in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea prepares for more restrictions in capital

Aug. 28, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus, marking its 16th consecutive day of triple-digit daily jumps, as health officials prepare to tighten social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. The numbers released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and...

UN warns Nicaraguan refugees in Costa Rica going hungry

Aug. 28, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — More than 60,000 of the Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers in Costa Rica are going hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday, and it worries some could take the risk of returning to Nicaragua. “More than three quarters of the Nicaraguan...

The tie belonging to the late evangelical Pastor Ovidio Valladares sits on a table in his former office, along with a portrait of him and his wife Aura Maria Valladares at Bethel evangelical church in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Valladares died from COVID-19 related complications on June 5th, and more than 40 evangelical leaders have died since March from the disease nationwide. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Latin America's evangelical churches hard hit by pandemic

Aug. 26, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Some 400 men and women spaced themselves across a sprawling worship hall, praying through face masks with arms raised for the health of friends and family suffering from the coronavirus. The congregation of Managua’s Bethel Restoration church knew the pandemic’s...

This satellite image released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Laura in the North Atlantic Ocean, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Laura formed Friday in the eastern Caribbean and forecasters said it poses a potential hurricane threat to Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast. A second storm also may hit the U.S. after running into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. (NOAA via AP)

2 storms pose possible double threat to US Gulf Coast

Aug. 21, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

Two newly formed tropical storms could become almost simultaneous threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast early next week. They could even get sucked into an odd dance around each other. Or they could fall apart as they soak the Caribbean and Mexico this weekend. Tropical storms Laura and Marco have such bad and good...

Prosecutors in El Salvador file charges against ex-president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador presented charges of bribery, money laundering and criminal conspiracy Friday against former President Mauricio Funes, who has fled to Nicaragua. The charges allege that Funes, his companion, Ada Mitchell Guzmán, and several others defrauded...

Ana Marcelo, an agroindustrial engineer from the city of Esteli, poses with the crown after being chosen Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Marcelo was crowned in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant spaced safely) plus a production crew of 85. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and were spaced at a safe distance. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference. And when eight contestants vying to be Miss Nicaragua did finally start in-person practices, they did so with masks covering their...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua archbishop rejects that chapel fire was accidental

Aug. 5, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Managua’s Roman Catholic archbishop celebrated Mass on Wednesday in front of a fire-scorched chapel at the capital’s cathedral and reiterated the church’s assertion that the fire was a “savage and terrorist” act and not an accident as reported by...