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Mexico flights offered to U.S.-bound Cubans in C.America

San Jos - Thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama will be able to take direct flights to Mexico, if they can afford the cost, the governments of the Central American countries said Friday.

Joy, anxiety as US-bound Cubans ready to fly out of Costa Rica

La Cruz - Elation and trepidation gripped a first group of Cuban migrants about to fly out of Costa Rica on Tuesday on a trial air-and-land journey to ultimately start new lives in the United States."I still can't believe it.

After Central America slog, Cubans can expect U.S. welcome

San Jos - The first 180 Cuban migrants, of nearly 8,000 stranded in Costa Rica, were set to fly Tuesday to El Salvador to continue an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the United States.

Cuban migrants aiming for U.S. to fly out of Costa Rica

San Jos - A group of 180 Cuban migrants is to fly from Costa Rica to El Salvador on Tuesday, blazing a trail thousands of their compatriots stranded in Central America hope will see all of them securing new lives in the United States.

Cuban migrants to fly out of Costa Rica next week

San Jos - A first group of 180 Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica is to fly out of the country next Tuesday to continue their journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the US, officials said.

Cuban migrants may fly out of Costa Rica next week: Minister

San Jos - A first group of US-bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica may fly out of the country to continue their journey next week, Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said Monday.

Central America deal brings hope for stranded Cuban migrants

- Cubans risking all to reach the United States are cheering a deal this week between Central American nations to start flying them out of Costa Rica, where they have been stranded for weeks.

Costa Rica warns Cubans it's not an 'open bridge' to U.S.

- Costa Rica on Tuesday warned it should not be seen as an "open bridge" to America after striking a deal to start shipping out stranded Cuban migrants to other Central American countries.

How the Ninja lanternshark glows in the dark

Moss Landing - In the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America, swims an enigmatic shark that uses its jet-black skin to hide, yet it can also glow in the dark. Previously unknown to science, the Ninja lanternshark is a recent discovery.

Costa Rica splits from C.America body over migrant crisis

San Jos - Costa Rica on Friday partially pulled out of SICA, a regional body promoting Central American cooperation, after neighboring nations refused to help handle a growing Cuban migrant crisis.

No transit for U.S.-bound Cuban migrants, says Guatemala

San Jos - Thousands of Cubans backed up in Costa Rica and Panama in a frustrated bid to reach the United States will not be permitted to transit through Guatemala, Costa Rica's foreign minister said Thursday.

Costa Rica bid to end prison overcrowding sparks fears

San Jos - An effort in Costa Rica to end prison overcrowding by transferring 600 convicts to semi-open facilities has sparked heated debate in the country, with media and some judges fearing an ensuing crime wave.

Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua's closed border

La Cruz - Cuban migrants aiming for a new life in the US but stranded in Costa Rica by a Nicaragua border firmly closed to them expressed mounting anger and desperation on Thursday.

Costa Rica gives transit visas to Cubans despite border row

San Jos - Costa Rica said Friday it will keep giving transit visas to US-bound Cuban migrants despite a border row over the issue with neighboring Nicaragua.

Costa Rica boasts clean energy — and bad car pollution

Caldera - At dusk one weekend on Costa Rica's tropical Pacific coast, Mamiche is catering to a line of customers in front of the beachside ice-cream stand he tends.

Cuban migrants paralyze Nicaragua-Costa Rica border

- A protest by desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday.

Cuban migrants paralyze Nicaragua-Costa Rica border

- A protest by desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday.

Surge of Cuban migrants sends Costa Rica-Nicaragua ties plunging

San Jos - A surge of some 2,000 Cuban migrants trying to cross Central America to reach the United States triggered a diplomatic spat between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Monday, plunging tense relations between the two countries to a new low.

Two women risk jail time for same-sex wedding in Costa Rica

San Jos - Same-sex weddings may be legal in a small but growing number of countries, but not in Costa Rica where two women who married, and their lawyer, face criminal charges, and having the union annulled.

El Nino cycles linked to increase in snakebites in Costa Rica

Studies have found that the rise and fall of infectious diseases is linked to changing climate associated with the hot and cold phases of the El Nino Southern Oscillation. These changes in El Nino cycles are also linked to an increase in snakebites.
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