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Spanish police seize cocaine-stuffed pineapples

Madrid - Spanish police said Monday they have seized 67 kilogrammes (148 pounds) of cocaine found inside dozens of hollowed-out pineapples at Madrid's main wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

Nicaragua repression spurs wave of emigration

- On a rainy morning in Nicaragua's south, two men step out of the jungle and into a boat that will transport them a short distance over the border with Costa Rica, slipping past border guards and police to safety.

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...

Nicaraguans flood migration offices in bid to flee crisis

Managua - One evening as she watched some local kids play outside in her Managua neighborhood, Nicaraguan Mireya Alegria was shocked to see police, motorcycles and a white van carrying hooded men speed past."They started firing," she says.

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.

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.

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.

Top UN court draws new borders for Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Den Haag - The UN's highest court drew new maritime boundaries between Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Friday seeking to end a decades-long frontier dispute, and ordered Managua to pay compensation for environmental damage.

UN court says Nicaragua must pay Costa Rica $380,000

Den Haag - The UN's highest court on Friday ordered Nicaragua to pay Costa Rica compensation for environmental damage to protected wetlands on the river San Juan, setting the sum of $380,000. But the figure was well below the $6.

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.

Ten Americans killed when plane crashes and burns in Costa Rica

San Jos - Ten Americans flying from a vacation hotspot on Costa Rica's tropical Pacific coast died Sunday when the small plane they had just boarded crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off, officials in the country said.

Strong quake rocks Costa Rica

Jac - A strong earthquake, measuring 6.5 according to a US seismological agency, rocked Costa Rica late Sunday, but no major damage occurred.

'Bots battle for the ball, and the globe, in Robot Olympiad

San Jos - The World Robotics Olympiad, being held in Costa Rica this weekend, shows human athletes still have little to worry about: sweat and glory do not compute well when relegated to faceless automatons.

Costa Rica presidential candidates hold debate in prison

San Jos - Seven candidates to become Costa Rica's next president went behind bars to hold an unusual debate in a prison where they answered inmates' questions about their election platforms.

Canadian mine case against ex-Costa Rica president reopened

San Jos - Costa Rican prosecutors have reopened a case against former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias for authorizing a Canadian-owned company to mine gold despite environmental concerns, officials said Thursday.

Smartphone app for migrants gets trial in Central America, Mexico

San Jos - A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico from this week, ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday.

Chinese FM talks up trade on Central America visit

San Jos - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kept his focus on building trade and investment ties with Central America during a visit that started Friday in Costa Rica.

Venezuela asylum requests soar in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico

San Jos - The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States said Tuesday.

Costa Rica trial starts in organ trafficking case

San Jos - A trial of four doctors and a Greek pizzeria owner accused of running an illegal organ trafficking ring in Costa Rica for wealthy foreigners began on Monday in the capital San Jose.
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