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21 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Colombia Car Bomb Explosion

A car bomb exploded Thursday, January 17, at a police academy in Bogota, leaving at least 21 people dead and dozens injured, Colombian police reported. Members of the security forces and rescue personnel work at the site of an explosion on a police cadet training...

Nicaragua in 2019: Time for Change?

Nine months into the Nicaraguan sociopolitical crisis, the country is looking at a difficult year ahead. It faces a government who has shut its doors to everything but repression. There are at least six trends that will impact political outcomes in Nicaragua in 2019. Their...

La Prensa runs blank front page in protest of Ortega regime

Nicaragua’s oldest and most-widely read newspaper, La Prensa, published its Friday edition with a blank front page in protest against what it says is the government’s withholding of ink, paper and other materials needed for its printing press since September. La Prensa circulated on Friday...

“He is a traitor”, Ortega’s reaction to the resignation of Rafael Solís

The resignation of Rafael Solís to his position as magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) and to the militancy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), is already described as treason by the officials who support the Daniel Ortega regime. Rafael Solis was...

Mothers of April Demand Application of Democratic Charter to Ortega

The Mothers of April Association of Nicaragua, formed by women who have lost their children or relatives in the demonstrations against President Ortega, demanded on Thursday to the OAS member countries to apply the Democratic Charter to the Government of Nicaragua. The “Mothers of April”...

World Leaders Begin to Arrive for Maduro Inauguration

This Thursday the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will be sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) for a second six-year term. enLeaders of several countries of the world have already arrived to accompany the Head of State, including his counterparts in Cuba,...

Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel To Attend Maduro Inauguration

Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, confirmed on Monday that President Miguel Díaz-Canel will be heading the Cuban delegation to attend the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro and reiterated Cuba’s support to Venezuela and “its legitimately elected government”. On his Twitter account, Rodriguez wrote, “President @DiazCanelB will...

Venezuela congress names new leader, calls Nicolas Maduro illegitimate

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly opened a new legislative session on Saturday, swearing in a new leader who declared Nicolas Maduro’s presidency illegitimate. Juan Guaido, 35, assumed the presidency of the National Assembly stripped of power by Maduro, who is set to be inaugurated to a...

Lima Group Refuses to Recognize Maduro’s New Term

The Lima Group (Grupo de Lima in Spanish) of countries seeking an end to the Venezuelan crisis said in a declaration on Friday they do not recognize President Nicolas Maduro’s new term starting next week. The Lima Group has called on Maduro “not to assume...

Ortega Offers Nicaragua “Reconciliation” And A “Gallo Pinto” Economy

In his last speech of the outgoing year, Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega kept silent about the report of international human rights organizations, which point to his regime as responsible for the worst bloodbath in the country’s history in times of peace. Nor did he say...

Venezuelan Gov’t Takes Over Goodyear Plant After Company’s Withdrawal – Reports

Venezuelan authorities have announced the immediate introduction of government control over the plant of the US-based Goodyear tire manufacturing company, located in the country’s northern Carabobo state, local media reported, citing the Labor Ministry’s order published in Gaceta Oficial newspaper. The document stipulated that the...

Daniel Ortega talks about world tragedies and omits his own massacre in his end of the year message

In his end of the year message on national television, dictator Daniel Ortega spoke about the tragedies around the world and evaded the massacre of more than five hundred Nicaraguans and the repression against the population that flared up against his regime since the...

The Fate of Nicaragua’s Ortega in a Region on Fire

(CONFIDENCIAL) Until April of this year, Nicaragua enjoyed the benefits of an undeserved reputation as a haven of peace. The indicators of violence provided by the National Police -probably skewed-, but of widespread credibility-, placed Nicaragua slightly above Costa Rica and many homicides below...

Inter-American Press Association denounces the government’s war against independent media

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) said in a statement that the arrest of Miguel Mora and the closure of the 100% Noticias channel is “a serious violation of freedom of expression and the press” and called for his release. Members of the riot police monitor...

Before Night Falls in Nicaragua

Carlos Fernando Chamorro knew it. Or, at least, he suspected it: “With Daniel, one is always wrong. The most common mistake is to underestimate him, because in the end he always gets something out of any situation. We do not know what will happen...

Police Shut Down TV Station Critical of Ortega Government, Arrests Director

Authorities in Nicaragua raided the offices and shut down the 100% noticias television station critical of the Deaniel Ortega regime, a week after raiding the offices of non-governmental groups, the Confidencial digital newspaper and the TV shows Esta Semana and Esta Noche, owned by...

Ortega Receives Credentials From U.S. Ambassador To Nicaragua

President Daniel Ortega received on Tuesday the credentials of 11 new ambassadors in Nicaragua, including Kevin Sullivan, from the United States. U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin Sullivan (left) with Nicaragua president Daniel Ortega during the official ceremony of the presential of credentials by the dimplomatic...

Miss Costa Rica destroyed Steve Harvey At Miss Universe 2018

Steve Harvey can’t live down his Miss Universe mistake, announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 pageant. So, when Harvey asked Miss Costa Rica, Natalia Carvajal, what advice she could give a fellow television personality, she told him to read envelopes carefully. You have to...

The Latinas Of The Miss Universe 2018

The 67th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 17 December 2018 at the Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. The show was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham, a contestants from 94 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant, surpassing...

Tica Among The Top 10 Most Beautiful In The World

Natalia Carvajal, Miss Costa Rica 2018, now 28, began her career in television by singing and dancing for children when she was only 15 years old. She spent the next 10 years of her life in front of the cameras but when they turned off...

Priest attacked in the Managua cathedral with sulfuric acid

On Wednesday, December 5, in the afternoon, The vicar of Managua, Father Mario Guevara Cerda, 59, suffered a sulfuric acid attack when a 24-year-old woman threw the acid on the priest’s face and body while he was in the cathedral hearing confessions. Elis Leonidovna Gonn...

Nicaraguan Student, 14, Declares: “I Got Mad and I Threw the Rock at Him.”

“I was crying, I was angry because they were taking away my cousin. Seeing that a policeman was filming, I got mad and threw the rock at him,” said the fourteen-year-old student from a Managua high school, who on November 22 came out in...

Macri’s G-20 summit showcase in Argentina now mired in social unrest

BUENOS AIRES — For President Mauricio Macri, this weekend’s Group of 20 summit was supposed to showcase a confident, booming Argentina, re-energized by his pro-market policies that put the country’s longtime economic and political dysfunction in the rearview mirror. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, and...

How Hugo Chávez’s Former Bodyguard became a Billionaire in Florida

They lived in total opulence while Venezuela plunged into misery. Alejandro Andrade, 54, went from being the bodyguard of former President Hugo Chávez and National Treasurer of Venezuela to becoming a multimillionaire in Florida, until he was arrested by the United States Department of...

Colombia Struggles to Convict Killers of Women, Experts Say

A law aimed at reducing Colombia’s female homicide rate — of three killings per day — has struggled to secure convictions as people tend to blame or disbelieve women and excuse men for violence, experts said Thursday. Girls paint a banner during a demonstration to...

Maduro’s New Plan to Dollarize Tourism and Discriminate against Venezuelans

Taking inspiration from Cuba, Nicolás Maduro has recently decided that tourism will now only be only for foreigners or for “well off” Venezuelans, since he announced that the regime will charge in foreign currencies and cryptocurrencies for tourist services in some “economic zones.” Tourism has...

From Nicaraguan refugee to US Soldier

FORT BLISS, Texas — Those who consider the military always have a reason for joining. Whether to continue a family tradition of service, or to see the world, the decision is life changing. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Orlando Alvarez, attached to 7th Special Forces Group...

Venezuela holds on to Citgo refineries amid legal battle

(AP) Venezuela will hold on to its Citgo refineries in the United States, settling a long-standing dispute that threw ownership of the crisis-wracked country’s prized assets into peril as its massive debt mounts. Venezuela on Friday began paying off US$1.4 billion that an arbitration panel...

‘Some say yes, others say no’: Nicaragua a country divided

Forty years after Nicaragua’s revolution, the country’s revolutionaries and their supporters find themselves divided — between those who support Daniel Ortega’s government and those who oppose it. Photo: Lois Ross What is behind the political differences among Sandinistas, members of the political group that led the...

The Benefits for Colombia of the Venezuelan Mass Exodus

The crisis in Venezuela has eroded the migratory situation, which has had a great impact in countries where thousands of people have come to seek refuge. In this sense, Colombia has maintained an open migration policy that includes healthcare, labor, and migratory support. The vast...

Venezuela in Crisis with Major Gas Shortages as Transport Grinds to Halt

Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world, faces a shortage of gasoline of 80%; a situation that has kept all regions of the country on the edge of chaos. Venezuela has 300 billion barrels of oil, but its oil industry is...

Nicaragua Foresees US$23 million less for ‘Aguinaldo’

The total amount ‘aguinaldo’ – the year-end bonus – that entered the economy of Nicaragua at the end of 2017 was US$377.1 million, according to official estimates, but at the end of 2018 there would be US$23 million less, due to the loss of...

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