Latest Nicaragua News

2 Cuban sisters' 4,200-mile journey to the US and a new life

Jan. 30, 2023 10:30 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Rolo González sisters walked out of Nicaragua's main airport and peered out onto a sea of young men. The Central American “coyotes” squinted back, trying to find the people they would smuggle to the United States. These were the first steps that 19-year-old...

Nicaragua arrests 24 after attack in indigenous land dispute

Jan. 27, 2023 20:12 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan authorities said Friday they arrested 24 settlers after they allegedly attacked an indigenous community as part of a land dispute. It was the first large-scale arrest of non-indigenous settlers after several years of invasions and attacks in the...

US citizens get chance to play role in resettling refugees

Jan. 19, 2023 15:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government program launched Thursday is giving American citizens the chance to play a role in resettling the thousands of refugees who arrive every year in the United States. During the first year of the Welcome Corps, the State Department aims to line up 10,000...

Nicaraguan bishop to stand trial on conspiracy charge

Jan. 10, 2023 14:53 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has criticized the Nicaraguan government will stand trial on charges of conspiracy and spreading false information, a court ruled Tuesday. Matagalpa Bishop Rolando Álvarez, shown seated and dressed as a civilian at Tuesday’s...

Nicaragua orders bishop to remain under house arrest

Dec. 13, 2022 22:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Nicaraguan court has ordered that a Roman Catholic bishop remain under house arrest on charges of “conspiracy” and “spreading false news," a government media site said Tuesday. The government website El 19 Digital said Matagalpa Bishop Rolando Álvarez...

Guatemala's El Periodico newspaper stops print edition

Nov. 30, 2022 14:19 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The prominent Guatemalan investigative newspaper “El Periodico” announced Wednesday that it is stopping its print edition, after the government arrested the paper’s president. José Rubén Zamora was arrested in July and charged with money laundering...

Inter-American Human Rights Court says Nicaragua in contempt

Nov. 29, 2022 19:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Inter-American Human Rights Court declared the government of Nicaragua in contempt of court Tuesday for ignoring its rulings on political prisoners. The court is an arm of the Organization of American States, which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has...

Sandinistas complete their political domination of Nicaragua

Nov. 07, 2022 21:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Sandinista National Liberation Front completed its political domination of Nicaragua on Monday as electoral officials said it had won control of all the country's 153 municipalities in elections that critics called unfair. Coming into Sunday’s elections,...

Nicaragua ruling party seeks to expand hold in local votes

Nov. 06, 2022 21:41 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After an electoral campaign without rallies, demonstrations or even real opposition, Nicaraguans voted in municipal elections Sunday that the governing party hoped would give it near-total control of local governments. President Daniel Ortega's party already...