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Mothers of slain Nicaraguan students unite to seek justice

Jan. 18, 2019 5:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests. Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old son Franco...

OAS invokes Inter-American Democratic Charter on Nicaragua

Jan. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States is calling on the body to formally assess the state of democracy in Nicaragua and possibly to take action to "foster the restoration of democracy." The Central American nation has been mired in a political crisis since protests broke out in...

Nicaraguan supreme court justice resigns in protest

Jan. 10, 2019 10:12 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan media reported Thursday that a Supreme Court justice has resigned with a scathing open letter to President Daniel Ortega, who faced down anti-government protests last year by unleashing security forces and allied groups against demonstrators. The letter circulating widely on...

Brazil's Bolsonaro assumes presidency, promises big changes

Jan. 3, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's...

OAS head seeks activation of democratic charter on Nicaragua

Dec. 29, 2018 3:46 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica said Saturday it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country. Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry said in a statement...

Nicaragua's Ortega pushes ahead with crackdowns on dissent

Dec. 23, 2018 12:02 AM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — In barely a week's time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government's alleged...

Nicaragua news director accused of terror after station raid

Dec. 22, 2018 6:43 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The director of a TV station critical of President Daniel Ortega was accused Saturday of inciting terrorism after authorities raided and shut down the station's offices in their latest salvo against independent media and nongovernmental organizations. Miguel Mora's wife, Veronica...

Trump signs bill to sanction Nicaraguan government

Dec. 20, 2018 6:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is signing into law a bill to cut off resources to the government of Nicaragua and provides sanctions against countries that assist the Central American nation. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said in a press release that the...

AP PHOTOS: 2018's best from Latin America and Caribbean

Dec. 20, 2018 1:29 PM EST

Mass migration in the Americas captured headlines as more Venezuelans flooded neighboring nations to escape economic collapse at home and Central Americans trekked out of their impoverished and violent homelands toward the U.S. Those stories provided many of the memorable pictures taken by Associated Press...

Nicaragua expels outside experts probing protest deaths

Dec. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua announced Wednesday that it was expelling international experts investigating allegations of human rights abuses by security forces during anti-government protests earlier this year in which demonstrators had demanded President Daniel Ortega leave office. The move came a...