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Nicaragua detains third presidential hopeful as criticism grows | Human Rights News

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Another potential challenger to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is arrested, prompting criticism from US diplomat.

Nicaraguan authorities have detained a third potential presidential candidate amid a deepening crackdown by President Daniel Ortega in the run-up to elections later this year.

Felix Maradiaga, 44, was held on Tuesday after appearing at the public ministry where prosecutors were investigating him for alleged acts against sovereignty, terrorism and backing international sanctions against the government.

Maradiaga is the leader of the Blue and White Alliance, a group that arose after widespread protests against Ortega’s rule in 2018. He testified about government repression at the United Nations Security Council that same year.

Last week, two other opposition politicians planning to run against Ortega were detained.

Cristiana Chamorro was placed under house arrest on government allegations of money laundering, while Arturo Cruz was held in pre-trial detention so prosecutors can investigate allegations of “provocation … and conspiracy to commit harm to national integrity”.

A man walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is increasingly called a dictator, in Managua, Nicaragua on March 30 [File: Stringer/Reuters]

Police said Maradiaga “is being investigated for carrying out acts that undermine independence, sovereignty, and self-determination, inciting foreign interference in internal affairs, and calling for military interventions”.

He is also accused of using “financing from foreign powers to carry out acts of terrorism and destabilisation”, the police added.

These would likely make the charges against Maradiaga the most serious of those brought against Ortega’s challengers.

The charges are related to a law approved by the legislature, dominated by Ortega’s allies, in December that the lawmakers said aimed to defend Nicaragua’s “sovereignty” against hostile foreign influence.

But critics said it is aimed at preventing opposition politicians from standing in the election.

Sponsored by leftist Ortega, it bars “those who ask for, celebrate and applaud the imposition of sanctions against the Nicaraguan state”.

Ortega, a former rebel fighter who governed from 1979 to 1990, returned to power in 2007 and won two successive re-elections.

But he has been accused by the opposition, NGOs and the United States of authoritarian rule and the brutal suppression of demonstrations.

Both the European Union and the US have applied sanctions against Ortega and his government.

“Presidential candidate Felix Maradiaga’s arbitrary arrest … should resolve any remaining doubts about Ortega’s credentials as a dictator,” said Julia Chung, the top US diplomat for Latin America.

“The international community has no choice but to treat him as such.”





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Football is a passion in Chad but the national team has yet to qualify for top African and world tournaments.



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Russia fires warning shots at British destroyer in Black Sea | Russia News

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Russia says one of its warships fired warning shots to deter a British destroyer from its waters near Crimea.

A Russian military ship fired warning shots at British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender after it entered Russian waters in the Black Sea and a Russian jet dropped bombs in its path, Interfax cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying on Wednesday.

The Defender left Russian waters soon afterwards, having ventured as much as 3km (2 miles) inside, the ministry said.



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Former winners Spain, holders Portugal face early Euro 2020 exit | Euro2020 News

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Portugal take on world champions France while Spain will face Slovakia on last day of group matches.

Spain and reigning champions Portugal are at risk of a shock early exit from Euro 2020 on Wednesday.

Former world champions Germany, meanwhile, need a draw at the Allianz Arena in the Bavarian capital to reach the last 16 on the last day of group matches but defeat would send Hungary through and possibly condemn Joachim Loew’s side to another group-stage exit, just like at the 2018 World Cup.

That is unthinkable for Germany, who beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal 4-2 at the weekend to kickstart their campaign but could be without Thomas Mueller due to a knee injury.

Portugal, who beat France at the last edition’s final to claim the trophy, will be eliminated if they lose to the same opponents and Hungary win but a draw will definitely take the 2016 champions through to the last 16.

France have already qualified but will want to win to secure top spot, meaning a theoretically easier tie in the next round.

Portugal’s neighbours Spain are in a similarly tricky position heading into their final Group E game against Slovakia in Seville.

The 2008 and 2012 European champions have drawn both matches so far against Sweden and Poland.

They need to win this time to be sure of reaching the knockout phase, although a draw would be enough to qualify as a best third-placed team, provided Poland fail to beat Sweden in Saint Petersburg.

“I have a feeling that we are like a bottle of cava that is about to be uncorked,” said coach Luis Enrique.

“As soon as we put in one complete performance and get a big victory, the confidence will come and you will start to see the best of us.”

Slovakia need a point to be certain of progressing, while Robert Lewandowski’s Poland have to beat already-qualified Sweden to advance.



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