As the price of gold stays at record high levels, it's caused a resurgence in the mining industry in Nicaragua. One of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries, it's enjoyed the greatest growth in GDP in recent years because of gold mining.
In Central America's sugarcane field, more and more workers are coming down with a disease that shuts down their kidneys. Researchers are struggling for a cause. Chemicals on the fields? Heat? Overwork? No one knows, but it's a leading cause of death for men in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Across Central America, large numbers of men are dying from kidney disease. The cause is unknown, but a growing body of evidence suggests that hard manual labor -- especially in the region's sugarcane fields -- is partly to blame.
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice presidential candidate Rosario Murillo look likely to win Sunday's election. Ortega has served two consecutive terms since 2007, and previously between 1985 and 1990.
It's a bad time to be a sea turtle. They’re threatened by pollution. They get caught in fishing nets. Their habitat is being destroyed by coastal development. As if all that weren’t bad enough, they must also contend with egg poachers.
Protests began last week after the government of President Daniel Ortega, a former leftist guerrilla leader whom critics accuse of trying to build a family dictatorship, launched a plan to overhaul the Central American country's welfare system.
After a week of political protest in Nicaragua, at least 38 people — and possibly over 60 — are dead. President Daniel Ortega, whose government once seemed unshakable, has emerged weakened in the face of protesters demanding his ouster.
Migration isn't caused just by violence and failing governments: Climate-related problems such as drought, extreme storms and excessive heat have pushed many small farmers in Central America to leave their land and head north.
Catholic bishops on Saturday secured the release of dozens of Nicaraguan student protesters trapped overnight inside in a church under a hail of gunfire from armed pro-government supporters, who killed at least one person inside, a human rights group said.