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Strong quake rocks Costa Rica

Jac - A strong earthquake, measuring 6.5 according to a US seismological agency, rocked Costa Rica late Sunday, but no major damage occurred.

'Bots battle for the ball, and the globe, in Robot Olympiad

San Jos - The World Robotics Olympiad, being held in Costa Rica this weekend, shows human athletes still have little to worry about: sweat and glory do not compute well when relegated to faceless automatons.

Costa Rica presidential candidates hold debate in prison

San Jos - Seven candidates to become Costa Rica's next president went behind bars to hold an unusual debate in a prison where they answered inmates' questions about their election platforms.

Canadian mine case against ex-Costa Rica president reopened

San Jos - Costa Rican prosecutors have reopened a case against former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias for authorizing a Canadian-owned company to mine gold despite environmental concerns, officials said Thursday.

Smartphone app for migrants gets trial in Central America, Mexico

San Jos - A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico from this week, ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday.

Chinese FM talks up trade on Central America visit

San Jos - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kept his focus on building trade and investment ties with Central America during a visit that started Friday in Costa Rica.

Venezuela asylum requests soar in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico

San Jos - The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States said Tuesday.

Costa Rica trial starts in organ trafficking case

San Jos - A trial of four doctors and a Greek pizzeria owner accused of running an illegal organ trafficking ring in Costa Rica for wealthy foreigners began on Monday in the capital San Jose.

Venezuela ex-attorney general says contract killers set after her

San Jos - Venezuela's former attorney general, Luisa Ortega, accused the government Monday of hiring contract killers to go after her and other justice officials denouncing alleged abuses committed under President Nicolas Maduro.

Central America hit by massive power outages

San Jos - A huge power outage plunged millions of people across Central America into darkness Saturday, as authorities from Panama to Costa Rica to El Salvador scrambled to restore electrical service.

Costa Rica says no to animal cruelty

San Jos - Thousands of animal lovers packed a major San Jose avenue Sunday, many with pups in tow, to celebrate Costa Rica's new animal cruelty law and its fines and jail time for violators.

Mexican president says seeking 'new relationship' with US

San Jos - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday he is working on "a new relationship" with the US and thanked Latin American neighbors for support as Mexico faces "big challenges" with its vital trading partner.

US migration policies to dominate Mexico-CentrAm summit

San Jos - US President Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said.

Migration the main issue for Mexico, C. America talks

San Jos - The flow of migrants to the United States was to dominate talks Thursday between the foreign ministers of Mexico and Central America, Costa Rica's top diplomats said.

Taiwanese woman sentenced for shark-fin haul in Costa Rica

San Jos - A Costa Rican court has sentenced a Taiwanese business owner to prison over a fishing haul of illegally hacked-off shark fins destined for sale abroad, officials and environmentalists said Thursday.

Costa Rica on alert as volcano spits ash

San Jos - Costa Rica declared a state of emergency Thursday after eruptions of ash from a volcano forced international flights to be postponed and threatened the capital, authorities said.

Costa Rica on lookout for fugitive Mexican ex-governor

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities said Friday they were on the look-out for a fugitive Mexican ex-governor suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars after Mexican counterparts said he was last traced to a luxury zone in their capital.

Costa Rica saw 'unprecedented' migration flow in 2016

San Jos - Costa Rica saw an "unprecedented" migratory flow into the country this year, with tens of thousands of mainly Cubans, Haitians and Africans seeking passage to the United States, the government said.

Costa Rica scraps entry for EU Schengen, Japan visa holders

San Jos - Costa Rica this week abruptly changed its migration policy to stop visitors using visas for the EU's Schengen zone or for Japan from entering the country, causing many "problems," according to one official.The decision was not explained.

Hurricane kills 9 in Costa Rica

San Jos - A hurricane that churned its way across Central America before sweeping into the Pacific on Friday killed at least nine people in Costa Rica and caused millions of dollars in damage, officials said.
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