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Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

Aug. 10, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The 21-year-old university student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 10, 2018 7:00 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FATHER RECALLS COMPOUND SUSPECT AS HIGH-STRUNG, NOT RADICAL A Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque says he never believed his son, who is at the center of the New Mexico abuse case, was...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 10, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FATHER RECALLS COMPOUND SUSPECT AS HIGH-STRUNG, NOT RADICAL A Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque says he never believed his son, who is at the center of the New Mexico abuse case, was...

Nicaragua NGO closes offices amid unrest, denounces threats

Aug. 5, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A rights group that has documented killings during months of political unrest in this Central American nation says it is closing its offices due to threats and harassment targeting its staff. The Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association said in a statement late Saturday that its...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Aug. 3, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Some of Brazil's most popular musicians entertained tens of thousands at a concert held to back calls for the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula...

OAS human rights body counts 317 dead in Nicaragua unrest

Aug. 2, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The human rights arm of the Organization of American States said Thursday that 317 people have been killed during violence surrounding anti-government protests in Nicaragua that began in April. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the toll included 23 minors and 21 police...

UN calls on neighbors to receive those fleeing Nicaragua

Jul. 31, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua (AP) — Thousands of people are fleeing political violence and rights violations in Nicaragua following a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on other nations Tuesday to help Costa Rica, which has been...

White House condemns violence in Nicaragua

Jul. 30, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is condemning months of violent conflict in Nicaragua that has left hundreds dead. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement that President Daniel Ortega and his vice president are "ultimately responsible for the pro-government parapolice that have brutalized...

Competing marches peaceful in Nicaraguan capital

Jul. 28, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Simultaneous marches of supporters and opponents of President Daniel Ortega's government passed through the streets of Nicaragua's capital Saturday without incident. The larger of the two marches was in support of the Roman Catholic Church and its bishops who are trying to mediate...