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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...

NRA sues ex-president Oliver North, saying he harmed the NRA

Jun. 20, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association has sued its former president, Oliver North, for what it called "conduct harmful to the NRA" as turmoil that was exposed publicly when North resigned two months ago continued Thursday when the organization also turned against its longtime chief lobbyist. The...

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,...