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Costa Rica on alert after 19 die from tainted alcohol

San Jos - Alcohol tainted with potentially toxic levels of methanol has killed 19 people in Costa Rica, where authorities issued an alert against drinking some half-dozen brands.

Strong quake hits Costa Rica-Panama border, likely 'significant damage': USGS

San Jos - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Panama-Costa Rica border around midnight on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with the potential to cause casualties and "significant damage".

Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures

San Jos - Costa Rica announced on Thursday a reduction in murders and an increase in the confiscation of illegal weapons as it put into force a law that tightens gun controls.

Rights court implores Nicaragua to protect prisoner lives

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has called on Nicaragua's authorities to protect the lives, health and physical well-being of 17 prisoners detained for taking part in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government.

The struggle of Nicaraguan opposition journalists in exile

It's just past 6 pm in a small apartment in the mountains south of Costa Rica's capital San Jose, and presenters Leticia Gaitan and Hector Rosales are announcing the start of the news.But they're not reporting on Costa Rica.

Two Argentine pilots survive plane crash in Costa Rica capital

San Jos - Two Argentine pilots survived when their light aircraft crash landed Friday in a heavily populated area of the capital of Costa Rica, officials said.

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

San Jos - Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.

Second woman makes sexual abuse claim against ex-Costa Rica president

San Jos - A second woman has accused former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias of sexual assault, local press said on Friday.The woman's lawyer filed a criminal complaint on Thursday, according to news website ameliarueda.

Sexual assault charges raised against Costa Rica ex-president

San Jos - Former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias on Tuesday denied charges of sexual assault made by a peace campaigner who filed a criminal complaint against him.

Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities on Thursday seized a boat carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and arrested five suspected traffickers, the government said.

Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities on Thursday seized a boat carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and arrested five suspected traffickers, the government said.

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

San Jos - Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community.

US-Venezuelan tourist killed in Costa Rica: police

San Jos - A fingerprint test has confirmed the murder of a Venezuelan-born American tourist who had been missing for over a week, police said Wednesday.

Costa Rica's Alvarado urges global push to end Nicaragua crisis

Paris - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado called Wednesday for a multinational effort to help end the political crisis gripping neighbouring Nicaragua, a conflict which risks destabilising other Latin American nations.

Nicaragua frees 30 arrested for staging protest

Managua - Nicaragua's government on Monday freed 30 protesters who had been detained in a violent police intervention as they tried to march in Managua.

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.

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.
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