Latest Nicaragua News

Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protests

Feb. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A judge on Monday gave lengthy prison terms to three farmers' leaders who participated in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government, citing them for terrorism and other alleged crimes that their defenders consider political and trumped-up. Julio Montenegro, defense...

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Feb. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday. Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag said in a statement that Francis removed the canonical censures following a...

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Fears rise in Nicaragua over new social security overhaul

Feb. 11, 2019 3:05 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguans revolted last April when the government announced it was raising payroll taxes and cutting retirement benefits to bolster a social security program hemorrhaging money. The unrest led authorities to quickly withdraw the measure, but as the protests boiled for months and...

Frustration grows as migrant caravan stuck in Mexico shelter

Feb. 7, 2019 8:26 PM EST

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Patience was wearing thin Thursday for some of the 1,600 Central American migrants spending their fourth day at an improvised shelter in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas. Facing a long wait and a somewhat harsh welcome in Piedras Negras,...

Salmon farmer in Maine acquires Latin American shrimp firm

Feb. 4, 2019 12:32 PM EST

MACHIASPORT, Maine (AP) — A major player in aquaculture that has facilities in Maine says it has completed acquisition of one of the largest premium shrimp farms in Latin America. Cooke Inc. says it has acquired Seajoy Seafood Corporation group, which farms shrimp in Honduras and Nicaragua. Cooke Inc. is...

AP Interview: El Salvador's leading candidate targets graft

Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadorans have watched as internationally sponsored investigative bodies in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras brought high-profile cases that took down corrupt politicians and businesspeople. Nayib Bukele wants to give his compatriots their own version of that. Bukele, a...

With unrest at home, some Nicaraguans flee to the US

Jan. 29, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A new element has joined the flood of migrants clamoring to get into the United States — Nicaraguans fleeing their homeland's political unrest and violence. In recent years, Nicaraguans had been only a small drop in the wave of Central Americans trying to migrate to the U.S., mostly...

Top journo who fled Nicaragua says nation's press threatened

Jan. 22, 2019 12:03 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Nicaragua's most prominent journalists says President Daniel Ortega is working to close any spaces of freedom in the Central American country. Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had the offices of his media outlets Confidencial and the television programs "Tonight" and "This Week"...

Top journalist Carlos Chamorro flees Nicaragua, cites raids

Jan. 21, 2019 4:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than a month after Nicaraguan police raided and occupied his news outlets' offices, prominent journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro has fled to Costa Rica. Chamorro announced in a video posted Monday on Facebook that he made "the painful decision to go into exile to ensure my freedom...