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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua archbishop rejects that chapel fire was accidental

Aug. 5, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Managua’s Roman Catholic archbishop celebrated Mass on Wednesday in front of a fire-scorched chapel at the capital’s cathedral and reiterated the church’s assertion that the fire was a “savage and terrorist” act and not an accident as reported by...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua police discount arson in fire at cathedral

Aug. 3, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's National Police on Monday declared a fire inside Managua's Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican's top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation.” What the Managua...

Costa Rica groups test stuck Nicaragua migrants for COVID-19

Jul. 31, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Costa Rican doctors began giving free coronavirus tests Friday to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who have been stranded at the two countries’ border because the Nicaraguan government has demanded negative test results. Clinica Biblica Hospital in the capital of San Jose sent...

FILE - In this Dec 5, 2012 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, left, and Nicaragua's Army Commander Gen. Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo speak during the closing ceremony of an annual defense course at the

Press groups condemn threats against Nicaragua journalists

Jul. 29, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International press organizations and the United States government have condemned intimidation and threats against Nicaraguan journalists. Gerall Chávez, an independent Nicaraguan journalist living in exile in Costa Rica since 2018, said last weekend that he and his family in...

A vendor sells T-shirts promoting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and The Sandinista National Liberation Front ruling party on the sidelines of a new monument, called the Peace Bell, before its inauguration ceremony later in the day in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, July 17, 2020. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government is being deterred by the new coronavirus from holding the usual mass celebration to mark the victory of the country's revolution July 19, and will instead unveil a new addition to its collection of monuments. At right is a T-shirt of Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto

PAHO waits for Nicaragua to approve visit by virus experts

Jul. 21, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Pan American Health Organization said Tuesday it is awaiting authorization from the government of Nicaragua to send in a team of experts to evaluate the coronavirus outbreak in the Central American country. The agency said there has been “a lack of transparent official...

46 Nicaraguans stranded in Guatemala continue journey

Jul. 18, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Nearly four dozen Nicaraguans stranded in Guatemala by pandemic travel restrictions for about four months said Saturday that they finally received approval from Honduras to cross its territory in a bid to return to their home country. Many Central American nations shut their borders...

Workers ready a new monument, called the Peace Bell, before its inauguration ceremony later in the day in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, July 17, 2020. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government is being deterred by the new coronavirus from holding the usual mass celebration to mark the victory of the country's revolution July 19, so will instead unveil a new addition to its collection of monuments. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Amid virus, Nicaragua drops celebration, readies monument

Jul. 17, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government is being deterred by the coronarvirus from holding the usual mass celebration to mark the July 19 victory of Nicaragua's revolution. Instead, it will unveil a new addition to its collection of monuments in the old city center of Managua. The...

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks at the opening of a national dialogue, in Managua, Nicaragua. Ortega spoke in a nationally televised address on Monday, May 18, 2020, and blamed health monitoring measures taken by Costa Rica for his country's decision to close their two border crossings. The dispute boiled over since Costa Rica began May 8 testing all truck drivers entering the country for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

US sanctions son of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega

Jul. 17, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The United States Treasury sanctioned a son of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo Friday, as well as his communications company,for alleged ties to drug trafficking. The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control added Juan Carlos Ortega to its list of...

FILE - In this May 11, 2020 file photo, a medical worker wears a mask and face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. While the Pan-American Health Organization urges Nicaragua to take more aggressive measures against the coronavirus pandemic and neighboring countries warily eye its outbreak, President Daniel Ortega’s increasingly authoritarian government seems more focused on hiding the virus than treating it. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaraguan government sets date for presidential election

Jul. 14, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has finally announced a date for the next presidential election, setting them for Nov. 7, 2021, and said political parties would have extra time to register because of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Supreme Electoral...

FILE - In this May 11, 2020 file photo, a medical worker wears a mask and face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua. While the Pan-American Health Organization urges Nicaragua to take more aggressive measures against the coronavirus pandemic and neighboring countries warily eye its outbreak, President Daniel Ortega’s increasingly authoritarian government seems more focused on hiding the virus than treating it. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

During pandemic, Nicaraguan doctors face political pressure

Jul. 6, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Inside Nicaragua's public hospitals, the walls are plastered with political propaganda, ruling-party activists ensure no information leaks out, and doctors were once forbidden from wearing masks. While the Pan-American Health Organization urges Nicaragua to take more aggressive...