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Injuries as strong quake hits Nicaragua

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on Thursday close to several cities, including the capital, injuring 14 people and damaging dozens of houses. The strong quake struck at 5:27 pm (2327 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter was 18 kilometers from Larreynaga and 50 kilometers north of the capital Managua, USGS said. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said 14 people were injured and 89 homes damaged.

Nicaragua leader defends military ties with Russia

Nicaragua's president Saturday defended his country's right to strengthen its military with Russian help, seemingly backtracking on statements earlier in the week shrugging off suggestions of increased cooperation. Daniel Ortega said Nicaragua was "committed to further strengthening and modernizing the army" with the help of any country willing to provide aid, especially in respect to the Central American nation's fight against drug trafficking.

Nicaraguan president, out of sight for days, reappears

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reappeared in public Monday after a 10-day absence that had sparked rumors he was sick or even dead. He did so at Managua airport as he received Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, arriving from the Vatican after a visit with Pope Francis. "You have carried out the miracle of resurrecting me because a lot of people thought I was dead," said a smiling Ortega, who is 68. Rumors had been flying in this Central American country because of Ortega's 10-day absence from official ceremonies.

Nicaraguan president, out of sight for days, reappears

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reappeared in public Monday after a 10-day absence that had sparked rumors he was sick or even dead. He did so at Managua airport as he received Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, arriving from the Vatican after a visit with Pope Francis. "You have carried out the miracle of resurrecting me because a lot of people thought I was dead," said a smiling Ortega, who is 68. Rumors had been flying in this Central American country because of Ortega's 10-day absence from official ceremonies.

Strong quake strikes off Nicaragua

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicaragua's northwestern Pacific coast on Sunday, seismologists said, rattling Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Nicaraguan authorities said the quake, which hit at 0937 GMT and had a depth of 73 kilometers (45 miles), was followed by five strong aftershocks. Authorities in Nicaragua reported no damage or injuries, and no tsunami. That was echoed by officials in El Salvador, where the Office of Civil Protection said "there are no reports of personal or material damage."

Strong quake strikes off Nicaragua

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicaragua's northwestern Pacific coast on Sunday, seismologists said, rattling Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Nicaraguan authorities said the quake, which hit at 0937 GMT and had a depth of 73 kilometers (45 miles), was followed by five strong aftershocks. Authorities in Nicaragua reported no damage or injuries, and no tsunami. That was echoed by officials in El Salvador, where the Office of Civil Protection said "there are no reports of personal or material damage."

Constitutional changes take effect in Nicaragua

Managua, Feb 11 (EFE).- Changes to the Nicaraguan constitution that allow President Daniel Ortega to run for re-election as many times as he wishes entered into force Tuesday with their publication in the official gazette. The document was dated Feb. 10, but the Web site of the official gazette was knocked out Monday by a group of hackers calling themselves the Algerian Ghosts. The amended constitution eliminates both term limits for presidents and the requirement to win an absolute majority at the ballot box to become head of state.

Constitutional changes take effect in Nicaragua

Managua, Feb 11 (EFE).- Changes to the Nicaraguan constitution that allow President Daniel Ortega to run for re-election as many times as he wishes entered into force Tuesday with their publication in the official gazette. The document was dated Feb. 10, but the Web site of the official gazette was knocked out Monday by a group of hackers calling themselves the Algerian Ghosts. The amended constitution eliminates both term limits for presidents and the requirement to win an absolute majority at the ballot box to become head of state.

Nicaragua rules changes allows Ortega to run again

Nicaragua scrapped presidential term limits on Tuesday, paving the way for Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to seek reelection in 2016. Ortega was leader of the leftist guerrilla movement that overthrew the Central American country's US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. He served first as the coordinator of Nicaragua's ruling junta -- a Cold War foe of Washington -- and was elected to a first term as president in 1985. He was later re-elected to two more terms, the first in 2007, and has indicated interest in seeking a new five-year mandate in 2016.

Nicaraguan lawmakers pass bill expanding Ortega's power

Managua, Jan 28 (EFE).- Nicaragua's National Assembly voted along party lines Tuesday to give final approval to a constitutional overhaul that abolishes presidential term limits and allows incumbent head of state Daniel Ortega to rule by decree. The vote was 64-25 and all but one of the "yes" votes were cast by members of Ortega's Sandinista party. Lawmakers from the main opposition Bapli coalition walked out of the chamber following the vote.
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