Nicaragua earthquake: 6.1-magnitude quake rattles west coast

Nicaragua earthquake: 6.1-magnitude quake rattles west coast

VALLE SAN FRANCISCO, Nicaragua, April 11 (UPI) -- Earthquake in Nicaragua damages 1,000 homes and injures 33 people.
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Havana summit calls for independent Puerto Rico

HAVANA, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Latin American states arrayed in opposition to U.S. influence in the region want an independent Puerto Rico to formalize its membership of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.
No more presidential term limits for Nicaragua

No more presidential term limits for Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Nicaraguan National Assembly voted Tuesday to amend the constitution, allowing President Daniel Ortega to run for a third term in 2016.
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Nicaraguan lawmakers vote constitution reforms into law

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan lawmakers voted a new constitution into law, clearing the way for President Daniel Ortega's indefinite re-election.
Nicaraguan Embassy in Moscow receives Snowden's asylum request

Nicaraguan Embassy in Moscow receives Snowden's asylum request

MOSCOW, July 8 (UPI) -- The Nicaraguan Embassy in Moscow received an official asylum request from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, an embassy spokesman said Monday.

Bolivia offers former U.S. intelligence contractor asylum

CARACAS, Venezuela, July 6 (UPI) -- Bolivia Saturday became the third South American county to offer asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Petrocaribe weighs Venezuela's post-Chavez oil diplomacy

CARACAS, Venezuela, July 2 (UPI) -- Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lavished gifts of cheap oil on neighbors sympathetic to either his populism or strident anti-American rhetoric. With Chavez gone, many recipients of that largesse are wondering if successor President Nicolas Maduro will continue the aid in kind worth millions of dollars.

Approval of Nicaraguan canal criticized

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, June 14 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan lawmakers approved the construction of a transoceanic canal that would cost $40 billion and span 180 miles, but experts say it may never be built.

Obama pitches economic cooperation to Latin American leaders

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama made a pitch for regional economic cooperation Friday before sitting down to dinner with Latin American leaders.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

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Nicaraguan volcano forces evacuations

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Emergency officials said they evacuated more than 300 families in Nicaragua because of increased activity of the San Cristobal Volcano.

Honduras builds up navy to deal with drugs

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Honduras is building up its naval force to deal with the escalating problem of drug trafficking that has led to increased addiction as well as abuse of the country's terrain for cross-border smuggling.
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Daniel Ortega
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks to media during a welcoming ceremony after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran on June 10, 2007. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 11 November 1945) is the current (83rd) President of Nicaragua, having served since 10 January 2007. He previously served as the 79th President, between 10 January 1985, and 25 April 1990. For much of his life, he has been a leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional or FSLN).

After a popular rebellion resulted in the overthrow and exile of dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, Ortega became a member of the ruling multipartisan Junta of National Reconstruction and was later elected president, serving from 1985 to 1990. His first period in office was characterized by a controversial program of land reform and wealth redistribution, literacy programs, hostility from the United States' Reagan administration, and armed attacks by US-backed Contras.

Ortega was defeated by Violeta Barrios de Chamorro in the 1990 presidential election, but he remained an important figure in Nicaraguan opposition politics. He was an unsuccessful candidate for president in 1996 and 2001 before winning the 2006 presidential election.

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