China's $50 billion plan for a new Central American canal connecting Atlantic and Pacific may damage the freshwater Lake Nicaragua, changing the environment for those who depend upon it. The plan faces opposition in parts of the country.
The government of Nicaragua is fast-tracking a bill that would authorize a company from China to build a new canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The dream of a Nicaraguan canal dates back more than a century.
Tomás Borge, the last living co-founder of the Sandinista movement in Nicaragua, died on Monday in his home country. Borge has been imprisoned and tortured by Nicaragua's dictator, only to take control of the prisons after a revolution and use the same techniques.
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.
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.