Hurricane Otto to Landfall in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Meteorologists in the United States have warned that Otto is the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934.

Hurricane Otto strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane on Thursday and is just hours away from making landfall near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, with 105 mph winds carrying with it the dangers of flooding and mudslides.

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According to civil protection agencies, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as the storm heads toward Central America. Otto has already caused heavy rains in Panama.

Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said they have evacuated about 10,000 people to safeguard human life as they await the hurricane's imminent arrival. She added that authorities have arranged shelters in safe areas. 

Meteorologists in the United States have warned that Otto is the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934.

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In Panama, nine people were trapped in a landslide on Tuesday; seven were rescued but two were pulled from the mud dead. A child in Panama City was also killed when a tree fell. 

An alert remains for the coast of Nicaragua north of Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and for the coast of Costa Rica south of Limon to the Costa Rica-Panama border.

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Hurricane Otto Hits Costa Rica

San José, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica today began to feel the increase in the influence of Hurricane Otto, which according to forecasts will hit the nation in the afternoon in a point near the border with Nicaragua.

The most recent official reports recorded more than 1,000 people compulsorily evacuated in localities on the Caribbean coast, about 1,200 affected homes in 148 communities due to the rains associated with the phenomenon and 32 disrupted roads.

Otto acquired a category of hurricane on Tuesday afternoon when it was about 370 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast (Puerto Limon) and moves west at less than 10 kilometers per hour.

The National Meteorological Institute predicted that Otto will land on the sector Barra del Colorado sector in the northern Caribbean of Costa Rica, bordering Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan president, Luis Guillermo Solis, considered that this is a historical hurricane for being the first that touches directly the national territory.

Yesterday, the national authorities held yesterday contacts with their peers of Panama and Nicaragua to coordinate actions facing the damages that Otto will cause as it passes through the region.

On the other hand, the Costa Rican Football Federation cancelled matches on the second date of the Winter Tournament scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday, while important shopping centers moved the so-called Black Friday for the next week.

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Nicaragua Demands OAS Head Step Down Over Abuse of Post

The representative from Nicaragua at the Organization of American States meeting in Santo Domingo said Luis Almagro's behavior was “illegal, disrespectful and arrogant” and made him unfit for office.

The recent actions by the secretary-general of the OAS took center stage Wednesday when the representative from Nicaragua requested Luis Almagro step down for his repeated interference in the domestic affairs of Venezuela.

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said: "This repeated behavior of the secretary-general of the OAS disqualifies him to continue in his role and Nicaragua expects, in order to wash the stains and shame of the Organization of American States, that the Secretary-General Mr. Almagro put forward his irrevocable resignation to this plenary meeting today in the Dominican Republic.”

The Nicaraguan representative added that his country believed Almagro was “abusing his post” by acting in an interventionist manner, which risked negatively affecting the stability of the Venezuelan government.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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Nicaragua Accepts and Will Abide by ICJ Ruling to Border Dispute

SAN JOSE – The Nicaraguan government said on Wednesday that it acknowledges and will abide by the decision of the International Court of Justice at The Hague putting an end to two border disputes with Costa Rica, decisions that recognize Costa Rican sovereignty over Isla Portillos.

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Venezuela and Bolivia Challenge OAS on Supporting U.S. and Cuba

WASHINGTON – The Organization of American States (OAS) has supported a resolution of the historic announcement of normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, but a proposal by Bolivia mentioning the U.S. embargo, backed by Venezuela and Nicaragua, kept the agreement in suspense until the last moment.

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Fernando Gonzalez Tours Nicaragua, Meets with Cuban Cooperators

Cuban anti-terrorist fighter Fernando Gonzalez met in Managua with members of the Cuban brigades of doctors and teachers and representatives of the diplomatic mission of his country in Nicaragua.

During the meeting, González stressed the importance of continuing efforts to achieve the return of his three companion prisoners in U.S. jails.

Fernando, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and René González, was arrested in 1998 in the United States for monitoring groups that organized and financed violent actions against Cuba.

After fully serving their sentences, René and Fernando returned to their country, but Ramon, Gerardo and Antonio remain in prison and face long sentences.

Fernando, also vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, pointed out that this is a political case and the decisions to be taken about it must be political as well.

The decision of arresting us, the allegations against us, the manipulation of information, everything was tainted by political factors, he said.

After his arrival in Nicaragua last Saturday, Fernando toured Granada, Masaya and Leon, where he was declared Beloved Son and received the keys to these cities.

In addition, he was awarded the order Edgard Munguía Álvarez, granted by the student movement at the University of León, and in this city he received a copy of the letter testament of Rigoberto López, prominent Nicaraguan fighter.

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