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Nicaragua grants El Salvador ex-President Funes asylum

Nicaragua said Tuesday it has given political asylum to former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes, who has come under scrutiny back home for a truce with gangs during his administration and is also facing multiple legal cases.

The Nicaraguan government's official Daily Gazette published a notice announcing that Funes, his partner and three children have all been granted asylum. It said their lives and physical integrity are in danger as a result of "fighting in favor of democracy, peace, justice and human rights."

Funes said via Twitter that he decided to seek asylum Aug. 31 "after confirming the political persecution that is being initiated against...

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