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Nicaragua gov't squeezes doctors, talk of 'health terrorism'

Sep. 13, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Other countries have lured doctors out of retirement, pushed medical students to the front lines and buoyed medical personnel exhausted by COVID-19 cases, but in Nicaragua doctors have been harassed, threatened and sometimes forced into exile for questioning official...

Nicaragua presidential aspirant charged, will face trial

Sep. 02, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — One-time Nicaragua presidential aspirant Cristiana Chamorro and one of her brothers were among five people formally charged with money laundering Thursday, prosecutors announced. In a statement, prosecutors said Chamorro, Pedro Joaquín...

Nicaragua orders closure of 15 more NGOs

Aug. 26, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s legislature ordered the closure of 15 more non-governmental organizations Thursday, bringing to 45 the number whose permits to operate in the country have been cancelled in the last month. The groups affected include the Mejía...

12 dead after attacks on Indigenous communities in Nicaragua

Aug. 25, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Settlers have again attacked Indigenous communities in Bosawas nature reserve on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, killing a dozen members of the Miskito and Mayangna people, activists and environmentalist charged Wednesday. The reserve has been hit...

Nicaraguan police raid storied opposition newspaper

Aug. 13, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police raided the offices of the storied opposition newspaper La Prensa Friday. The National Police said in a statement the raid was part of an investigation into “customs fraud and money laundering.” It said the newspaper's...

Newspaper goes online only as Nicaragua withholds newsprint

Aug. 12, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s storied La Prensa newspaper said Thursday it will suspend its print edition after the government once again withheld newsprint paper at customs. La Prensa has long been criticial of President Daniel Ortega, who also recently...

Spain recalls Nicaragua ambassador after 'interference' jibe

Aug. 11, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua, María del Mar Fernández-Palacio, following incendiary remarks made Tuesday by the Nicaraguan foreign ministry accusing the former colonial power of “unacceptable interference” and historic crimes. ...

EU says Ortega crushed prospect of fair Nicaraguan elections

Aug. 09, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief said Monday that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has crushed any prospect of free and fair elections in November by arresting dozens of opposition figures. “The opposition has been eliminated. Nicaraguans...

US restricts more visas for Nicaraguans close to government

Aug. 06, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The United States has slapped visa restrictions on 50 immediate family members of Nicaraguan officials who have been involved in or benefited from President Daniel Ortega’s growing repression, the U.S. State Department said Friday. The...

Nicaragua frees ex-beauty queen candidate pending trial

Aug. 05, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police arrested and then released a former beauty queen Wednesday, two days after she registered as an antigovernment candidate in the Nov. 7 elections. The conservative Citizens for Liberty coalition said its vice presidential...