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Nicaragua's National Assembly has approved a new law that gives President Daniel Ortega unprecedented control over the country's police force, raising concerns about the institution's independence and increasing the risk of police corruption through political ties.

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A group calling itself the "Armed Forces for National Salvation" has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on government supporters in Nicaragua, adding weight to claims that armed groups that have sprung up in the country in recent years are political in nature.

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Authorities in Nicaragua have seized approximately 886 kilos of cocaine over the past two weeks near the border with Costa Rica, highlighting the importance of the country's Pacific region to overland drug trafficking. 

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The US State Department has lauded efforts to combat human trafficking in Chile and Honduras -- two countries that face vastly different security challenges but that have come to similar conclusions on how best to take on human trafficking networks.

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A recently captured drug trafficker from Nicaragua has accused Sandinista political heavyweight Eden Pastora of placing a hit on his life, something that speaks to the political and criminal intrigue surrounding one of Nicaragua's legendary figures and the ruling party. 

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Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested the leader of Nicaraguan drug transporters the Tarzanes, highlighting the transnational operations of a group that is an important link in the Central American cocaine trafficking chain.

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Authorities in Nicaragua have identified the seizure of thousands of firearms over the past several years as the main reason for a large drop in the country's homicide rate, but experiences around the region suggest the issue is unlikely to be so simple.

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A top Nicaragua security official says a strategy known as the "wall of containment" has kept drug traffickers out, who instead flock to neighboring Honduras, a claim that seems questionable given the high levels of violence and reports of organized crime activity along the country's Atlantic coast.

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Police in Nicaragua have arrested a man accused of running several of the drug theft gangs known as "tumbadores," which are one of the principal components of organized crime in the country and across Central America.

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Authorities in Nicaragua seized over 1,400 cubic meters of timber harvested illegally from a northern forest reserve in 2013 -- likely just a fraction of what was extracted by illegal wood mafias supplying markets in Asia.

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