Damage reports: 1 dead, 38 injured in earthquakes

Carlos Herrera/Confidencial.A woman in Nagarote prays after Thursday's earthquake (posted April 12, 7:50 am) — One woman is dead (heart attack) and 38 people are injured after a series of earthquakes and tremors shook Nicaragua...

Nicaragua rocked by second quake, 6.6-magnitude

Red marks the spot of the latest earthquake, registering a magnitude of 6.6 (posted April 11, 3:30 pm) — Nicaragua continues to shake violently, registering another sizable earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6, according...

Re-election fever spreads in Latin America

photo/ Tim RogersEcuador's Rafael Correa is just starting his third term, but is already thinking about a possible fourth Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, fresh into his third consecutive term in the presidency, appears to be coming...

6.2-magnitude quake rocks Nicaragua

INETERMap of earthquakes in Nicaragua in the past 24 hours (posted April 10, 6:30 pm) — First lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo declared a “yellow alert” and is calling on Nicaraguans to remain calm...

Ortega congratulates Solis on win

TwitterCosta Rican president-elect Luis Guillermo Solis (posted April 9, 12:30 pm) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega on Monday sent a congratulatory letter to Costa Rican president-elect Luis Guillermo Solís, who earlier this week called Nicaragua...

Montealegre elected president of PLI

photo/ Tim RogersEduardo Montealegre (posted April 7, 2:15 pm) — After years of disputing leadership of the opposition Independent Liberal Party (PLI), congressman and former presidential challenger Eduardo Montealegre was elected president of the party...

Nicaragua gov’t projects 4.5% economic growth

photo/HaciendaFinance Minister Ivan Acosta (posted April 7, 6:00 pm) — Finance Minister Iván Acosta this week issued new projections that Nicaragua’s economy will grow 4.5% this year, thanks in part to improving commodity prices— especially...

Nicaraguan army touts national security

photo/ Tim RogersGen. Julio Cesar Aviles With nods to President Daniel Ortega’s political project and special “reverence” for the Russian government, Nicaragua’s top brass, Gen. Julio César Avilés, said national security provided by the armed...

Nicaragua looks to Russia to modernize army

photo/ Tim RogersNicaragua is looking to Russia to replace its old soviet-era military equipment The Sandinista government is turning to its old cold war arms benefactor to modernize its military and beef up its national...

El Salvador’s president-elect visits Ortega

photo/ Tim RogersPoliticians have been discussing the importance of peace and development in the Gulf of Fonseca for nearly a decade (posted April 3, 7:30 am) — Salvadoran president-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a former guerrilla...

ND crowdsource site buds in first month

(posted April 2, 9:50 am) — Dear Gentle Readers and Contributors, A month ago I went before the media gods on bended knee, head down, murmuring reverently, to place a flickering candle at the altar...

Nicaragua needs new friends

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Earthquake rattles Pacific coast

(posted March 28, 9:30 am/ Updated with damages 1:30 pm) — Nicaragua this morning was rattled by a violent 5.2-magnitude earthquake that was felt in Managua and along much of the Pacific coast. The quake...

Nicaragua courts Russian investment

official press photoLaureano Ortega (center left) led the Nicaraguan delegation to Moscow, where they met with Russian counterparts led by deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (center right) (posted March 24, 8:20 am) — The Sandinista...

World Bank gives $30M for water project

Have a drink on me: A Nicaraguan boy on the Atlantic coast drinks from a World Bank-funded water project In celebration of World Water Day, the World Bank today announced a new $30 million...

Nicaragua to renew, replace de facto officials

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Sandinistas take lion’s share in Caribbean polls

(posted March 15, 8:00 am) — Amid scheduled protests by the YATAMA indigenous party, the Sandinista-controlled Supreme Electoral Council announced its final results of this month’s regional elections in the Caribbean, giving the lion’s...

Will San Juan del Sur finally get a cruise ship terminal?

Tim RogersSan Juan del Sur The Sandinista government’s long-stalled plans to built a cruise ship terminal and tourism center in San Juan del Sur appear to be back on track. First Lady Rosario Murillo announced this...

‘Talcazo’ scandal makes mockery of judicial system

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