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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Students Seize Ministry

MANAGUA, Nicaragua () -- Several hundred university students demanding increased funding for their schools seized the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry building Tuesday.

They were holding the country's foreign minister, Ernesto Leal, but released diplomats from the Philippines and Pakistan after seven hours.

The Foreign Ministry invasion is the latest of a series of protests by students who demand that the government fully comply with a constitutional provision stipulating that 6 percent of the national budget be devoted to the universities.