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Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures

San Jos - Costa Rica announced on Thursday a reduction in murders and an increase in the confiscation of illegal weapons as it put into force a law that tightens gun controls.

Rights court implores Nicaragua to protect prisoner lives

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has called on Nicaragua's authorities to protect the lives, health and physical well-being of 17 prisoners detained for taking part in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government.

Two Argentine pilots survive plane crash in Costa Rica capital

San Jos - Two Argentine pilots survived when their light aircraft crash landed Friday in a heavily populated area of the capital of Costa Rica, officials said.

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

San Jos - Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.

7-time Olympic medalist Aaron Peirsol talks about swimming career Special

On March 11, seven-time Olympic medalist and world champion Aaron Peirsol chatted with Digital Journal about his career in swimming. He spoke about his love for water, the digital transformation of aquatics and he offered advice for young swimmers.

Second woman makes sexual abuse claim against ex-Costa Rica president

San Jos - A second woman has accused former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias of sexual assault, local press said on Friday.The woman's lawyer filed a criminal complaint on Thursday, according to news website ameliarueda.

Sexual assault charges raised against Costa Rica ex-president

San Jos - Former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias on Tuesday denied charges of sexual assault made by a peace campaigner who filed a criminal complaint against him.

Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities on Thursday seized a boat carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and arrested five suspected traffickers, the government said.

Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities on Thursday seized a boat carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and arrested five suspected traffickers, the government said.

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

San Jos - Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community.

US-Venezuelan tourist killed in Costa Rica: police

San Jos - A fingerprint test has confirmed the murder of a Venezuelan-born American tourist who had been missing for over a week, police said Wednesday.

Heavy rain on Costa Rica's Pacific coast forces evacuations

San Jos - Nearly 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes on Costa Rica's northern and central Pacific coast due to flooding caused by heavy rain, officials said Friday.

Ex-Romania minister held in Costa Rica: Interpol

San Jos - A former Romanian minister jailed in absentia for corruption has been arrested in the central American nation of Costa Rica, along with another ex-official, Interpol said.

Costa Rica court orders same-sex marriage ban struck down

San Jos - Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ordered a statutory ban on same-sex marriages be struck down as unconstitutionally discriminatory and has given lawmakers -- including a high proportion of evangelicals who promote heterosexual-only unions -- 18 months to...

New Costa Rica president vows to end use of fossil fuels

San Jos - Costa Rica's new president took the oath of office Tuesday, vowing to turn his country into a global example of how to abolish fossil fuels and convert to clean energy sources.

Evangelicals make up quarter of Costa Rica's new assembly

San Jos - Costa Rica's new assembly will formally begin work on Tuesday, with 14 of its 57 new deputies evangelical Christians, making up one of the main groups in opposition to the center-left government of president-elect Carlos Alvarado.

Costa Rica president-elect seeks 'national unity' govt

San Jos - Costa Rica's president-elect, Carlos Alvarado, started work on Monday building alliances with political factions in the Legislative Assembly, a day after his resounding win over a preacher rival.

Carlos Alvarado: Costa Rica's president-elect with a taste for rock music

San Jos - Carlos Alvarado Quesada counts Ernest Hemingway and Pink Floyd among his guiding lights, but it was his experience as a former minister in Costa Rica's outgoing center-left government that shaped the political career that Sunday led to him becoming pre...

Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

San Jos - Costa Rica on Sunday voted for a former minister from the center-left ruling party as its next president, rejecting his rival, an ultra-conservative preacher who had campaigned strongly against gay marriage.

Preacher for president? Costa Rica votes

San Jos - Costa Rica is facing a choice of an evangelical preacher who has surged from obscurity or an ex-minister from the current ruling party in a presidential race to be decided voting on Sunday.The result of the run-off election is uncertain.
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