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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.

Member of U.S. Women's soccer team returns home for tour opener Special

Pittsburgh - A defense player for the 2015 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team who was key to the team's 5-2 championship victory over Japan on July 5, was honored by the Mayor of Pittsburgh as thousands of fans and supporters looked on.

Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

San Jos - Costa Rica's president will issue a decree to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday.

Australia's infamous, toxic cane toads hop into breeding problems

They are lumpy and bumpy, and they look like hopping clumps of mud, so "cute" isn't the word that comes to mind when describing Australia's invasive and non-native cane toads.

Op-Ed: Will the world have to kiss its favorite banana goodbye?

Guayaquil - For the last six decades, banana crops in Latin America have flourished after nearly being wiped out by a nasty disease. Now there are worries that a more virulent strain of the same disease may wipe out the world's favorite banana — the Cavendish.

Animal rights group rescue 64 dogs from Costa Rica puppy mill Special

In April, animal rights activists rescued 64 dogs from a puppy mill in Costa Rica. The dogs included poodles, Maltese, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers and Pekingese. Many of the dogs were kept in overcrowded, filthy aerial enclosures.

In a pinch: Trap jaw ants use powerful jaws to escape death traps

The trap-jaw ant has earned the reputation of making short work of its prey. With herculean, spring-loaded mandibles, it crushes its prey with ease and defends its nests. Scientists have recently discovered it has another nifty use for those jaws.

Massive toxic chemical spill off Costa Rica coast sparks alert

Puntarenas - In what may be an ecological disaster in the making, a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate capsized and spilled the toxic chemical into the sea just off the coast of Puntarenas last Saturday.

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano spews ash on capital

San Jos - Turrialba volcano spewed a column of smoke and ash on Monday that reached Costa Rica's capital San Jose 60 kilometers (40 miles) away, authorities said.

Costa Rica scare as ship carrying chemicals sinks

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities declared an emergency after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate sunk off the country's Pacific coast.

Costa Rica: Researcher discovers new species of glass frog

Heredia - Costa Rica is a tiny country that often seems cut off from the rest of the world, but sometimes it shares gifts with us, and when it does, they are amazing. Case in point: The recent discovery of a new species of glass frog, a living green jewel.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

Costa Rica powered up with 100% clean energy for 75 days straight

Tiny Costa Rica has done something really big: It's managed to meet 100 percent of its power needs with renewable energy for 75 consecutive days, and it's doing this by using hydropower and geothermal energy, the state-owned Electricity Institute said.
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