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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.

Role of the environment in C. diff transmission

San Josecito - A new review of how readily the hospital associated pathogen Clostridium difficile has been published. The review adds further evidence to the importance of contamination control in the hospital setting.

Costa Rica busts narco ring linked to Mexican kingpin

San Jos - Costa Rican police on Wednesday arrested 14 suspects when they busted a drug-running ring linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, the network formerly run by jailed kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, officials said.

12 killed in Costa Rica bus plunge

San Jos - A busplunged off a steep road in a mountainous area north of Costa Rica's capital on Thursday, killing 12 people and injuring another 12, rescue officials said.

Volcano forces Costa Rica's main airport to close

San Jos - The Costa Rican authorities suspended operations at the country's main airport Monday after the nearby Turrialba volcano erupted, sending a thick ash cloud into the sky.

Costa Rica withdraws UN chief candidacy

San Jos - Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres said Monday she has withdrawn her candidacy for the top post at the United Nations, after failing to find sufficient support at the Security Council.

Costa Rica frets as Panama allows migrants to cross border

San Jos - Costa Rica on Wednesday expressed "concern" at neighboring Panama deciding to allow migrants to cross their common border, as it struggles with thousands of migrants blocked on its own territory.

World surf contest coming to Costa Rica's Zika hotspot

Jac - Next month, international surfers converging on a popular Costa Rican beach for the World Surfing Games will be facing more than big waves and tough competition -- the zone is also a Zika hotspot.

Tougher Europe borders push more migrants towards U.S.

- Europe's toughened borders are prompting migrants to switch focus to the United States, but their trek is being thwarted in Central America, where a bottleneck has formed, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Costa Rica volcano eruption chokes towns in smoke and ash

- A volcano erupted Friday near the capital of Costa Rica, choking surrounding communities with smoke and ash.
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