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Family vacation begins with Air Canada bumping 10-year-old boy

Charlottetown - A family vacation to Costa Rica was disrupted when Air Canada announced a couple’s 10-year-old son was being bumped from a flight from Charlottetown, PEI to Montreal. The fact a young child was being bumped did not seem to matter to the airline.

Costa Rica powered by renewable energy for over 250 days in 2016

Costa Rica completes 2016 without having to burn a single fossil fuel for more than 250 days. 98.2 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources in 2016.

Nespresso announces plans to sell Cuban coffee in United States

Havana - Coffee grown and roasted in Cuba should be available in the United States this year for the first time in five decades, European coffee giant Nespresso announced this week.

Nicaraguan accused of 'massacre' of five awaits his fate

A Nicaraguan man who allegedly killed a U.S. citizen, his wife, and their three children in a stabbing rampage at their home in Costa Rica, is in custody in his country but it is not clear if he will face charges.

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.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

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.

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: 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.

Op-Ed: Climate change in Central America — Wildlife struggles to survive

Climate change in Central America is affecting wildlife in profound ways, but few places have been as seriously affected as Guatemala's Laguna Del Tigre National Park which suffered a devastating wildfire as the result of an El Niño in 1998.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Costa Rica's pressing stifles Italy's midfield creators

Prior to kick off both sides were aware of their destiny. Win and your in, lose and face a difficult final group stage match against England or Uruguay.

Balotelli demands kiss from Queen

Outspoken. Brash. Confrontational. Words often used to describe elite Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who has once again lived up to his loud, off-the-field reputation.

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 demands answers from U.S. about 'Cuban Twitter'

San Josecito - The government of Costa Rica is angry that a controversial "Cuban Twitter" program or Zun Zuneo was launched from the US embassy in San Jose Costa Rica.

Hero clothier reunites man and pants, avoids wedding catastrophe

Wayzata - A clothing shop in Wayzata, Minnesota did not want their customer to be disappointed. Shortly after a Minnesota man forgot his pants in a changing room, the business realized what had happened and took extraordinary measures to fix the mishap.

Costa Rica plans to close zoos and release animals from captivity

Government officials in Costa Rica say they plan to close both public zoos next year so that the animals can be freed from their cages.

Watch man rescue cat from boa constrictor's choking hold

The video shows a man rescuing a cat from the crushing and choking hold of a boa constrictor that captured it in Costa Rica. The man literally wrestles the constrictor away from the cat which escaped with its life

Video: Photographer narrowly misses being eaten by a crocodile

Antonio Ruiz is a daredevil photographer living in Costa Rica. He wanted some close-up shots of a crocodile and almost got eaten in the process.

Video: Nicaragua volcano awakens spewing gas and ash

Chichigalpa - Showing ash and gas spewing out around 5 km into the air, the video of the San Cristobal volcano also shows the area being inundated with ash and volcanic dust.

Video: Supermarket shelves empty in Costa Rica quake

Naranjo - It was more than a "clean up on aisle three" after the 7.6 earthquake struck in the Cope supermarket in Naranjo city, Costa Rica.

Earthquake 7.6 Richter shakes San José, Costa Rica - UPDATE

A strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale shook Costa Rican territory this morning at about 08:42 local time. No reports are yet known about casualties or the level of damage.

7.4 quake hits off El Salvador coast followed by small tsunami

Central America was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Sunday night, around 125 km off the El Salvador coast in the Pacific Ocean. A small tsunami followed.
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The Clinica Biblica hospital in Costa Rica is a very modern facility.
The Clinica Biblica hospital in Costa Rica is a very modern facility.
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Matapalo  Costa Rica
Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Costa Rican rain forest near my home.  Forests here are also being destroyed for palm oil plantation...
Costa Rican rain forest near my home. Forests here are also being destroyed for palm oil plantations.
Bothrops asper in Panama.
Bothrops asper in Panama.
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Map showing the provinces of Costa Rica
Map showing the provinces of Costa Rica
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This golden orb weaver was hanging around in our front yard.
This golden orb weaver was hanging around in our front yard.
President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event ...
President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event with Costa Rican youth at Casa Amarilla in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Pete Souza
Spain s Guardia Civil busts a shipment of cocaine from Costa Rica.
Spain's Guardia Civil busts a shipment of cocaine from Costa Rica.
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Map of Costa  Rica showing Diquís Delta
Map of Costa Rica showing Diquís Delta
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Divers pound on the water to scare the dolphins to a section of the net that is being dragged down t...
Divers pound on the water to scare the dolphins to a section of the net that is being dragged down to release them. The net was already more than 50% pulled in. It was only after spotting Goodman filming in the water that divers jumped in to release the dolphins. Several had already died.
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Brian Kubicki discovers the Hyalinobatrachium dianae glass frog species in Costa Rica.
Brian Kubicki discovers the Hyalinobatrachium dianae glass frog species in Costa Rica.
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This lush rain forest is essential to the health and biodiversity of the planet.
This lush rain forest is essential to the health and biodiversity of the planet.
Brian Kubicki discovers the Hyalinobatrachium dianae glass frog species in Costa Rica.
Brian Kubicki discovers the Hyalinobatrachium dianae glass frog species in Costa Rica.
Brian Kubicki / Screengrab via BBC
You can definitely see this little creature s organs.
You can definitely see this little creature's organs.
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In Costa Rica  the Baird s tapir is known as a  danta.   Sometimes it is also called  the mountain c...
In Costa Rica, the Baird's tapir is known as a "danta." Sometimes it is also called "the mountain cow."
Eric Kilby
This beautiful amphibian is a red-eyed treefrog  one of Costa Rica s most well-known creatures.
This beautiful amphibian is a red-eyed treefrog, one of Costa Rica's most well-known creatures.
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Costa Rica s beautiful golden toad  declared extinct in 2004.
Costa Rica's beautiful golden toad, declared extinct in 2004.
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Metate (grinding stone) in the form of the Night Jaguar from the Diquis culture of Costa Rica. Item ...
Metate (grinding stone) in the form of the Night Jaguar from the Diquis culture of Costa Rica. Item 01471 in the Museum of the Americas, Madrid.
Simon Burchell
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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A view of San Jose  Costa Rica
A view of San Jose, Costa Rica
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