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Nicaragua opposition says open to resuming talks on standoff

Jul. 5, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's political opposition says it is willing to resume dialogue with President Daniel Ortega's government over resolving the country's political standoff. The announcement by the Civic Alliance opposition group comes Friday in a letter directed to the Organization of...

De Blasio says Cuba, Nicaragua have gone astray

Jun. 28, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions have gone astray, a day after he was criticized for quoting a Cuban revolutionary slogan. De Blasio was asked to comment on the governments of the two Latin American countries on Friday. The mayor and Democratic...

Correction: United States-Nicaragua

Jun. 22, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a June 21 story about U.S. and Canadian sanctions imposed on some Nicaraguan officials, The Associated Press, referring to a press release, said Canada didn't immediately identify who its sanctions were aimed at. A separate webpage did identify nine officials targeted by sanctions. A...

US, Canada sanction Nicaraguan officials over human rights

Jun. 21, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and Canada's government imposed sanctions Friday on some Nicaraguan officials, tying them to a tough crackdown on street demonstrations that began in the Central American country in April 2018. The U.S. said it was sanctioning four officials: National Assembly...

OAS calls on Nicaragua to release all government opponents

Jun. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Organization of American States urged Nicaragua on Thursday to release all imprisoned government opponents, cancel the legal cases against them and restore fundamental rights. The OAS said in a statement that it applauds "the release of political prisoners," about 600 of whom...

Human rights group urges sanctions on Nicaragua's Ortega

Jun. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch called Wednesday on governments in the Americas and Europe to impose sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and at least five high-level security officials for a crackdown on protests that began in April 2018. The human rights organization said sanctions should...

HRW calls for sanctions on Nicaragua's Ortega

Jun. 19, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling on governments in the Americas and Europe to impose sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and at least five high-level security officials for a crackdown on protests that began in April 2018. The human rights organization said Wednesday that...

Nicaragua says released all considered political prisoners

Jun. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua said Tuesday that it has released all prisoners detained in relation to 2018 anti-government protests, though the opposition maintains that more than 80 people it considers political prisoners are still in custody. President Daniel Ortega's government said in a statement...

Nicaragua officials release more prisoners after crackdown

Jun. 11, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Principal leaders of protests against President Daniel Ortega's government and two prominent journalists were freed from prison before dawn Tuesday ahead of a June 18 deadline to release the last of hundreds of people the opposition considers political prisoners. Neighbors and...

Nicaraguan lawmakers Ok amnesty for crimes during protests

Jun. 8, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Lawmakers allied to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Saturday approved an amnesty bill for crimes related to last year's anti-government protests, over staunch criticism from the opposition. Critics say it would forgive abuses committed by police and pro-government civilian...