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Nicaragua: Country in Central America
Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Managua is the country's capital and largest city and is also the third-largest city in Central America, behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes people of indigenous, European, African, and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish. Indigenous tribes on the Mosquito Coast speak their own languages and English.

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Stranded Nicaraguan citizens: Hundreds stuck at Panama border [Video]

Stranded Nicaraguan citizens: Hundreds stuck at Panama border

The worsening coronavirus outbreak in Central America means border closures are still being enforced.

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Hundreds of freight trucks were stuck on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Friday as the two countries remain locked in a squabble over measures to contain the coronavirus.
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The United States on Friday sought to further pressure on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega by imposing another round of sanctions, this time targeting the country's army chief and finance minister.
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U.S. sanctions two top Nicaraguan officials: Treasury Department website

The United States has issued fresh sanctions on Nicaragua targeting two top officials, including army chief Julio Cesar Aviles, according a notice posted on the U.S. Department of Treasury's website on..
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Nicaraguan government says coronavirus deaths rise to 17

Nicaragua's Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a total of 17 people had died in the country from the novel coronavirus, while there were 254 cases in the past week, compared with a previously..
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Nicaragua reports more pneumonia deaths, some tied to COVID-19

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Packed hospital wards cast doubt on Nicaragua's low coronavirus count, doctors say

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Staging a 'socially distanced' boxing match

Inside the Nicaraguan boxing event that caught the world's attention during the pandemic.
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Coronavirus: Nicaraguan boxing event goes ahead with masks and temperature checks

A boxing show with a somewhat different look goes ahead in Nicaragua - despite the sport being largely shut down globally.
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Nicaraguan protesters capture policeman, demand release of jailed activists

Anti-government protesters in southern Nicaragua held a police officer captive for seven hours before he was set free on Monday, as they demanded the release of several youths they claimed had been..
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Nicaraguan president reappears after more than a month out of public eye

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appeared on Wednesday in a live broadcast on national television after being absent from public life for a month, raising questions about his health and whereabouts..
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Nicaraguan president missing in action for nearly one month and counting

During Nicaragua's devastating civil war in the 1980s, youthful revolutionary Daniel Ortega toured every town in the Central American nation, clad in his green Sandinista uniform.
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Nicaragua reports first death from coronavirus

Nicaragua has registered the Central American country's first death from coronavirus, an HIV-positive person with multiple health conditions, the health ministry on Thursday
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U.S. sanctions Nicaragua police force over 'violent repression'

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on the Nicaraguan National Police over accusations of human rights abuse, in the Trump administration's latest move to pressure the leftist government of..
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Nicaraguan poet and priest who criticized president dies at 95

Nicaraguan poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal died on Sunday at the age of 95 in Managua due to heart and kidney problems, a close relative said.
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'I could fall to my death:' tightrope walker Wallenda readies to cross active volcano

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda fears the worst-possible outcome as he prepares for his latest high wire act - trekking across a live volcano in Nicaragua on Wednesday. "I could fall to my death."
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'I am about to shock the world' - Garcia beats Fonseca in 80 seconds

American lightweight Ryan Garcia needs just 80 seconds to knock out Nicaragua's Francisco Fonseca as he secures a brutal win in California.
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Nicaraguan government releases ink, paper it impounded from newspaper critical of Ortega

Nicaragua's government on Friday released a shipment of impounded ink and paper belonging to La Prensa newspaper, which has been critical of leftist President Daniel Ortega, one of the owners said.
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How Nicaragua's deaf children invented a new sign language

How deaf children in Nicaragua invented their own sign language, allowing experts a unique insight into how communication develops.
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Former Belgian-Nicaraguan political prisoner calls for probe into Ortega government

Nicaragua's best known former political prisoner, Amaya Coppens, is calling for international organizations to investigate alleged abuses by the government of President Daniel Ortega.
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Nicaragua: Six indigenous people reportedly killed in attack

The Mayagna group has been involved in disputes with new settlers searching for land and resources.
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Armed men kill six indigenous Nicaraguans, kidnap 10 in nature reserve raid

About 80 armed men killed six indigenous people on an isolated Nicaraguan nature reserve in an attack linked to raging land disputes, the indigenous Mayagna community said on Thursday, with 10 other..
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Pompeo calls for fair elections in Venezuela and Nicaragua

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday stressed the need for Venezuela and Nicaragua to hold free and fair elections, singling out the countries' left-wing governments for criticism.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday described Nicaragua as an authoritarian regime and urged the Central American country's embattled president, Daniel Ortega, to support free and fair..
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Nicaragua frees protesters who aided mothers on hunger strike

The Nicaraguan government said it freed more than 90 people on Monday who rights groups say were jailed for anti-government activity, including about a dozen people who were arrested after ferrying..
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Costa Rica calls for aid, grappling with spike in Nicaraguan refugees

Costa Rica's president on Tuesday requested urgent international aid for refugees in the small Central American nation, which has taken in tens of thousands of people from Nicaragua after a political..
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Nicaragua nationalizes major gas station chain linked to Ortega

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U.S. imposes sanctions on son of Nicaragua's president

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's son, Rafael Antonio Ortega Murillo, for alleged money-laundering and corruption, the U.S. Treasury Department..
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Nicaraguan mothers who waged hunger strike in church taken to hospital

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Supporters of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega tried to storm a church on Thursday, with a priest saying they hit churchgoers, as tension ratchets up between Roman Catholics and the government in the..
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U.S. says Nicaragua's surrounding of church sheltering protesters 'unacceptable'

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Bolivia's ouster of Morales stirs tensions in left-leaning Nicaragua

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Human rights situation in Nicaragua 'critical,' regional body says

The Organization of American States said on Tuesday that Nicaragua was experiencing a "critical human rights situation" that had upset the country's constitutional order, following President Daniel..
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Rights violations in Nicaragua upset 'constitutional order': OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) said in a statement on Tuesday that human rights violations and the overall situation in Nicaragua since April 2018 have upset the "constitutional order" in..
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U.N. rights office warns over 'trumped-up' arrests in Nicaragua

The U.N. human rights office on Tuesday criticized the arrest of 16 anti-government protesters in Nicaragua accused of arms trafficking, saying that the charges appeared to have been "trumped-up."
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Nicaraguan police accuse anti-government protesters of planning attacks

Nicaraguan police on Monday accused 16 anti-government protesters of planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the Central American country, which has been rocked by more than a year-and-a-half of..
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Former Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes has been granted Nicaraguan citizenship, according to a decree published on Tuesday in the Nicaraguan government registry, likely hobbling El Salvador's..
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Iran took measures against a ship in the Strait of Hormuz to implement international law, not in retaliation to actions by Britain, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said on Monday in Nicaragua,..
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