The Nicaraguan government headed by Sandinista Daniel Ortega expressed its "profound dismay and sadness" over the death of Miguel D'Escoto, the first priest to occupy the UN presidency.
Noriega was serving a sentence for murder in Panama when he died.
Opposition leaders asked their supporters to resist the government's moves with a series of protests in several cities around the country, including the capital, despite the fact that it would disrupt daily activities for thousands.
Deaths and injuries reported amid "mother of all marches". Protesters express their anger and frustration at an administration that has led the country with the planet’s biggest oil supplies into the world’s deepest economic recession.
Documentaries by a trio of young filmmakers who have looked to their own family histories as source material take fresh looks at Latin America's 20th-century dictatorships and armed conflicts.