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Nicaragua creates Ministry of Extraterrestrial Space Affairs

Nicaragua creates Ministry of Extraterrestrial Space Affairs

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Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which is drawing amused reactions on social media in a nation that has been struggling since anti-government protests in 2018ByThe Associated PressFebruary 18, 2021, 10:01 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which is drawing amused reactions on social media in a nation that has been struggling since anti-government protests three years ago.The agency was approved by 76 legislators Wednesday in the country’s congress, which is dominated by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista Party. Fifteen opposition legis...
Deadly Iota lashes Nicaragua, Honduras after record-setting landfall

Deadly Iota lashes Nicaragua, Honduras after record-setting landfall

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Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Government officials in Central America blamed at least eight deaths on Iota on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after it made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 storm. Just as the coastal region began making strides in its recovery from Eta, which hit the country two weeks ago, Iota brewed up even stronger impacts and slammed the same communities with 155-mph winds at Monday night's landfall, the strongest tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Making landfall at 10:40 p.m. EST Monday, Iota's maximum sustained winds were just 2 mph shy of Category 5 status. Advertisement By Tuesday night, as the center of Iota barged inland across Nicaragua and into Honduras, it had weakened to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph and was spreading heavy rainfal...

OAS calls on Nicaragua to release all government opponents

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The Organization of American States is urging Nicaragua to release all imprisoned government opponents, cancel the legal cases against them and restore fundamental rights. The OAS said in a Thursday statement that it applauds "the release of political prisoners," hundreds of whom have been already transferred to house arrest. But it adds it is "imperative" that all those remaining behind bars be freed and have their cases dismissed. It also calls for similar guarantees for Nicaraguans who fled to exile. According to the Nicaraguan opposition, at least 200 of them have outstanding arrest warrants. The government says it has released all prisoners from a list agreed upon during a 90-day window that ended this week. But the opposition says at least 84 people arrested after the initial agreem...
16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

16 killed in Mother's Day marches across Nicaragua as calls for new elections grow

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MANAGUA, May 31 (UPI) -- At least 16 people died during protest marches on Nicaragua's Mother's Day in several cities across the country hours after business leaders called for new elections. Organizers planned the marches, called "Mothers of April," to protest the more than 70 people allegedly killed by police and pro-government gangs during protests in April against President Daniel Ortega's plan to raise social security taxes and cut benefits, human rights advocates said. That plan was shelved, but the protests grew into a movement against state violence and Ortega himself. Wednesday's marches were a continuation of these protests -- but resulted in more deaths as demonstrators came under attack by armed gunmen. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights -- also identified as CENIDH using...