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Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

Jul 30 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and toward the United States, prosecutors said.

Costa Rica approves $1.5 billion international bond placement

Jul 02 2019

SAN JOSE, July 1 Costa Rica's legislative assembly on Monday approved the placement of up to $1.5 billion in bonds in coming months as the Central American country struggles to reduce its mounting debt burden.

Costa Rica education minister resigns under Evangelical fire for LGBTQ policy

Jul 01 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's education minister Edgar Mora resigned on Monday following protests against policies including his support for gender-neutral bathrooms, in a sign the cultural issues that dominated last year's presidential election remain divisive.

EU-backed group says it is ready to send political mission to Venezuela

May 07 2019

SAN JOSE The European Union-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela said on Tuesday it could send a political mission to Caracas to pursue a solution to the country's ongoing crisis, reiterating its call for fresh elections.

Indigenous land activist shot dead in Costa Rica

Mar 19 2019

SAN JOSE Unknown attackers shot dead a well-known Costa Rican activist who defended land for the Bribri indigenous people in the Central American country, the government said on Tuesday.

Costa Rica's Church seeks forgiveness after priests accused of abuse

Mar 15 2019

SAN JOSE The Catholic Church in Costa Rica on Friday asked for forgiveness following recent accusations that three of its priests sexually abused minors, amid a clerical abuse scandal that has ravaged the institution's credibility around the globe.

Accuser feels no longer 'alone' in claims against Costa Rican ex-president

Feb 26 2019

SAN JOSE The first of several women to bring sexual misconduct claims against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said on Tuesday that she felt grateful for the outpouring of support since going public with her story.

Costa Rica repays central bank for loan following tax reform

Dec 19 2018

San Jose, Dec 19 Costa Rica said on Wednesday that it would repay the central bank for a special loan of 498 billion colones ($833 million) that it requested in September to bolster the country's finances.

Nicaraguans in Costa Rica set out to mount anti-Ortega border protest

Dec 16 2018

SAN JOSE Several hundred Nicaraguan dissidents set off in a caravan on Sunday from Costa Rica's capital en route to the Nicaraguan border to protest against their president, Daniel Ortega, and encourage his domestic opponents.

Costa Rican legislature approves tax package to tackle debt

Dec 03 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's legislative assembly on Monday approved a package of tax hikes and fiscal measures that President Carlos Alvarado hopes will reduce the Central American country's mounting debt burden and stave off the risk of credit rating downgrades.

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