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Costa Rica deports German caught smuggling hundreds of animals

San Jos - Costa Rica is famous for its wildlife and scenic grace. The country's biodiversity is astounding, but so is its illegal wildlife trafficking. In this land of unparalleled beauty, there are car alarms in the jungle and treachery is not unheard of.

Stunning video: Orcas attack and feast on Tiger shark

It was a bad day to be this particular shark. In the waters off Costa Rica, a pod of three orcas grabbed this tiger shark in an embrace that almost appeared loving. Shark was on these hungry orcas menu.

Costa Rican forests have greater bird diversity than farms

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have shown that Costa Rican forests support more phylogenetically diverse bird populations than do farms in the country.

Shark finning in Costa Rica decimates world's sharks Special

Puntarenas - In Costa Rica, pirates are alive and well, but instead of searching for gold, they are finding ways around legal loopholes and killing thousands of sharks. They are doing this so that people in China can impress guests with a bowl of shark fin soup.

How amphibians crossed continents: A scientist tells the tale

The world's 7,000 species of amphibians can be found on six continents, but there has been few attempts at understanding how salamanders, frogs, toads, and caecilians had moved across time to these distant continents.

Boy has 232 teeth removed in one day

A 17 year old boy from India endured a seven hour surgery to remove 232 teeth. The rare condition was caused by a complex composite odontoma.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

Netherlands claim UFWC title with hard fought Costa Rica win

The Netherlands have won the Unofficial Football World Champions title and a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup after a long-fought match against surprise package Costa Rica.

World Cup: Europe or South America, the balance of power shared

Brazil has seen the best World Cup for decades — skilful play, last-gasp goals, smaller nations nearly upsetting the big boys and most of all a direct split between Europe and South America as to who holds the balance of power.

Costa Rican President removes all 'worship' from his office

All instances of recognition or "worship," as Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis calls it, are being removed from his office. From now on he has promised his plaques will only mention the project and year.

Costa Rica archaeological site is now UNESCO World Heritage Site

Meeting in Doha, Qatar, the United Nation's World Heritage Committee added several unusual sites to their UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites on Monday. One of the most unusual sites may be the Stone Spheres of Diquis Delta in Costa Rica.

Op-Ed: England still clinging to miracles to qualify in World Cup

If you read one newspaper in the UK this morning, it will actually scream the headlines — "We're Through!" But closer inspection points out a number of ifs and unlikely outcomes.

High expectations as Costa Rica swears in president

San Jos - Costa Rica's new President Luis Guillermo Solis pledged to run his administration as a "glass house" and tackle corruption "eating away" at the country and economy as he was inaugurated Thursday.

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Spanish police seize 2.5 tons of cocaine in pineapple shipment

Algeciras - Drug smugglers are always looking for better ways to smuggle their wares. In this case, they tried sending 2,500 kilograms (around 5,500 pounds) of cocaine in a shipment container of pineapples, sent all the way from sunny Costa Rica to southern Spain.

Costa Rica police dismantle Nicaragua trafficking ring

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities arrested 14 people, including five police officers, accused of creating a network trafficking Nicaraguan migrants, authorities said Saturday.

Intel, Bank America deal Costa Rica double blow

San Jos - Two big US firms -- Bank of America and microchip giant Intel -- announced closures in Costa Rica leading to nearly 3,000 layoffs, dealing a double blow to the Central American country's economy.

Bank of America shuts down in Costa Rica, lays off 1,400

San Jos - Bank of America announced Tuesday it was shutting down its operations in Costa Rica, where it employed 1,400 people in a technological unit.

Intel lays off of 1,500 employees in Costa Rica

San Jos - US microchip giant Intel announced Tuesday it was reducing its assembly and testing operations in Costa Rica and will lay off 1,500 employees.

Solis elected as Costa Rica's new president

San Jos - Political centrist Luis Guillermo Solis was elected president of Costa Rica in a runoff vote Sunday, becoming the first third-party candidate to win in decades.
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