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2005-12-26 16:13:32

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Ernesto Leal, who fought against a freezing of U.S. aid in the early 1990s, died on Monday in a Miami hospital, Nicaragua's government said. Leal, the presidential chief of staff in current President Enrique Bolanos' government, died of pneumonia aged 60. Leal held a minor ministerial post under the Sandinistas who won power in a 1979 revolution but resigned in 1981 when the government took a turn to the left. He...

2005-10-06 06:44:44

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Fifteen years after it stopped funding Contra rebels, the United States is back throwing its weight around in Nicaragua, this time wielding diplomatic and economic levers, not guns, to rescue democracy in the divided Central American country. Concerned that leftist Sandinistas and right-wing opposition leaders are engaged in a "creeping coup," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick replaced the usual...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'