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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.

Anti-gay marriage pastor in Costa Rica presidential runoff

San Jos - Costa Rica faces a choice between a right-wing evangelical lawmaker and a former minister from the leftist ruling party for its next president after a first-round weekend election.

Anti-gay marriage lawmaker ahead in Costa Rica vote for next president

San Jos - A conservative, evangelical lawmaker who fiercely opposes same-sex marriage emerged as the frontrunner to become Costa Rica's next president, according to preliminary results from a first round election Sunday.

Gay marriage debate hangs over Costa Rica election

San Jos - Costa Rica voted Sunday in the first round of the Central American country's presidential election, which is being buffeted by a debate on gay marriage.

Human rights court urged to overturn Fujimori pardon

San Jos - Rights groups and relatives of victims asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Friday to rule against a pardon for former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori who was jailed for human rights abuses.

Five things to know about Costa Rica

San Jos - Costa Rica, which hold presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, is a tropical tourist destination in Central America that boasts of being an eco-friendly nation.Here are five things to know about the small country, population 4.9 million.

Gay marriage debate rocks uncertain Costa Rica election

San Jos - Costa Rican voters are to cast ballots Sunday in the first stage of presidential elections that are being buffeted by a debate on gay marriage in the relatively well-off Central American nation.

Costa Rica 'more complete' after recovering 200 artifacts from Venezuela

San Jos - Costa Rica said it is "more complete" after recovering nearly 200 pre-Columbian artifacts from Venezuela, where they had been amassed by a wealthy Estonian art collector.

Inter-American Court endorses same-sex marriage

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriage should be recognized, delivering a verdict binding on most Latin American states -- some of which still hold traditionalist views opposing such unions.

Costa Rica murder rate hits record in 2017

San Jos - Costa Rica recorded its highest-ever annual murder rate in 2017, authorities said Tuesday, blaming score-settling between gangs and drug trafficking for the rise.

Winds seen as factor in Costa Rica plane crash that killed 12

Islita - Strong winds were seen as a factor in the crash of a small plane in Costa Rica that killed all 10 US passengers on board and two local crew members, according to officials and witnesses.

Winds seen as factor in Costa Rica plane crash that killed 12

Islita - Strong winds were seen as a factor in the crash of a small plane in Costa Rica that killed all 10 US passengers on board and two local crew members, according to officials and witnesses.
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