>> Anti-government protests in Nicaragua, enter the fifth day on Sunday. As the death toll from the violence rolls and looting was reported in some areas. The Red Cross said at least seven people had died and hundreds have been injured in riots, while a local human rights organization said it had registered 25 deaths.
The protests against 72 year old President Daniel Ortega began Wednesday over his government's plan to increase worker contributions and lower pension benefits. Troops were promptly deployed to several cities. The violence catching the attention of Pope Francis, who, on Sunday, called for differences to be resolved peacefully and with a sense of responsibility.
Ortega has signaled that he's ready to talk about changing the unpopular overhaul, which is set to take effect in July. As Nicaragua's president for the last 11 years, Ortega has overseen a period of stable growth. But critics accuse him and his wife, Vice President Rosario Mario, of trying to establish a family dictatorship.
The country remains one of the poorest in America.