Latest Nicaragua News

Nicaragua drops visa requirements for Cubans

Nov. 23, 2021 21:15 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has dropped visa requirements for Cuban citizens, a move that may spark an increase in Cubans travelling there in a bid to reach the United States. Nicaragua’s Interior Ministry posted a statement on its web page...

Ex-OAS ambassador detained in Nicaragua

Nov. 22, 2021 18:31 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s former ambassador to the Organization of American States was detained by unidentified men outside his home, his wife said Monday. Edgard Parrales was forced into a vehicle by two men dressed in civilian clothes, according to his...

Families say Nicaragua prison conditions deteriorating

Nov. 20, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Relatives of political figures held prisoner in Nicaragua since a series of arrests ahead of this month's presidential election expressed concern Saturday about the declining health of the inmates and called for their immediate release. The...

Nicaragua says it will leave Organization of American States

Nov. 19, 2021 17:12 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s government announced Friday that it will withdraw from the Organization of American States, a regional body that has accused President Daniel Ortega's government of acts of repression and rigging this month’s election. Nicaragua...

'Foreign' agents pitch has El Salvador civil society on edge

Nov. 17, 2021 10:31 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has pitched a proposed law requiring people and organizations who receive foreign funding to register as “foreign agents,” following the lead of countries like the United States. When the U.S....

OAS assembly condemns Nicaragua's election as 'not free'

Nov. 12, 2021 22:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The General Assembly of the Organization of American States voted Friday to condemn Nicaragua’s Nov. 7 presidential vote, saying the elections “were not free, fair or transparent, and lack democratic legitimacy.” Twenty-five countries in the...

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Nicaragua

Nov. 09, 2021 04:10 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. The quake, at a moderate depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) occurred at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday. The...

Nicaragua's Ortega decries foes who question his re-election

Nov. 08, 2021 21:29 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A day after questioned elections, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government on Monday set about painting as a historic democratic victory what many of the world's democracies condemned as a sham. Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council said...

EXPLAINER: What comes next after Nicaragua's election

Nov. 08, 2021 15:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega holds a commanding lead in results from Sunday’s election against a field of little-known challengers. Ortega’s strongest potential competitors weren't on the ballot and are in jail. Victory would give Ortega...

Nicaragua's Ortega seeks re-election in questioned vote

Nov. 07, 2021 19:29 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sought a fourth consecutive term in elections Sunday against a field of little-known candidates while those who could have given him a real challenge sat in jail. Voting was orderly and speedy as voters noted...