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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...

Nicaragua government releases 50 more political prisoners

May. 30, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Thursday it has released 50 prisoners detained in protests from jail to house arrest as an agreed-upon deadline to release all such prisoners approaches. The government statement said that all were held on charges of crimes against security and public peace,...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

May. 23, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Anti-government protesters wore masks to hide their identities from Nicaraguan security forces during a funeral for a staunch foe of President...