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A girl in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. The country topped the list for gains in happiness. Nicolas Garcia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Global Ranking Of Happiness Has Happy News For Norway And Nicaragua

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Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and his wife, vice presidential candidate Rosario Murillo show their marked thumbs after voting at a polling station near a their home in Managua, Nicaragua, on Sunday. Rodrigo Arangua/AP hide caption

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Thousands of Nicaraguans protested last weekend against Daniel Ortega, who is running for a third term as president in Sunday's election. Critics say he has effectively eliminated all serious opposition. The banner reads, "Ortega Sells the Homeland." Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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Nicaragua's Ortega Headed For Re-Election — With His Wife As VP

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A U.S. Coast Guard crew (foreground) with six Cubans who were picked up in the Florida Straits in May. A larger Coast Guard vessel is in the background. The number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. has soared in the past year. Many Cubans believe it will be more difficult to enter the U.S. as relations improve, though U.S. officials say there will be no rule changes in the near term. Tony Winton/AP hide caption

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Cuban Immigrants Flow Into The U.S., Fearing The Rules Will Change

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More than 500 Cuban immigrants hoping to reach the United States live at this school turned shelter in northern Costa Rica after Nicaragua, a Cuban ally, closed its border to them. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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Cubans Rushing To Enter U.S. Hit Roadblock In Central America

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Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

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Protesters burn tires to demonstrate against the inter-oceanic canal in Rivas, Nicaragua, on Dec. 22, 2014. HKND Group, a Chinese company, began work on a $50 billion canal, an ambitious rival to the Panama Canal. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A new study finds that strenuous labor in the sugar cane fields of Central America is contributing to a mysterious form of kidney failure. Above: Workers harvest sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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A statue of Jesus Christ called "Cristo Rey" is prominently located near the entrance of the Dimitrov neighborhood, which used to be so violent, people joked the Christ was being held up at gunpoint. Juan Carlos for NPR hide caption

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With A Soft Approach On Gangs, Nicaragua Eschews Violence

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