Nicaragua: Canning the Cardinal

Canning the Cardinal

The Sandinistas and the contras see eye to eye on very few things, but the two sides did agree that Nicaraguan Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 62, should mediate their cease-fire talks. Not anymore. After overseeing two sessions since January, Obando, a longtime critic of the regime, was abruptly dismissed last week by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Saavedra, 42. Though the contras objected to Obando's ouster, Ortega named his younger brother, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega, 40, to head a government delegation that planned to hold the Sandinistas' first face-to-face meeting with rebel leaders this week.

Meanwhile, in Washington the House voted...

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