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Isabella Cota

Central American coffee farmers fear ruin from rust fungus

Aug 30 2013

EL PARAISO, Honduras/PEREZ ZELEDON, Costa Rica Central American coffee industry officials say the region's arabica crop is weathering an outbreak of leaf-rust fungus, but try telling that to small-hold farmers like Graciela Alvarenga.

Costa Rican president proposes bill to cap rates on credit

Aug 26 2013

MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla on Monday sent a bill to Congress that seeks to limit the interest rates banks and stores charge on credit both in colons and dollars, the Economy Ministry said.

Costa Rica slashes tax rate on hybrid vehicles

Jul 22 2013

SAN JOSE, July 22 Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla signed a bill on Monday to slash taxes on hybrid cars by 20 percentage points, in a bid to cut fuel emissions in the Central American nation.

Woman heard "be not afraid" before cure sealing John Paul II's sainthood

Jul 05 2013

SAN JOSE Suffering a potentially fatal swelling in the brain, Costa Rican grandmother Floribeth Mora says a voice spoke to her through a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, miraculously curing her and sealing the late pontiff's sainthood.

Woman heard "be not afraid" before cure sealing John Paul II's sainthood

Jul 05 2013

SAN JOSE Suffering a potentially fatal swelling in the brain, Costa Rican grandmother Floribeth Mora says a voice spoke to her through a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, miraculously curing her and sealing the late pontiff's sainthood.

Woman heard 'be not afraid' before miracle that made pope a saint

Jul 05 2013

SAN JOSE Suffering a potentially fatal swelling in the brain, Costa Rican grandmother Floribeth Mora says a voice spoke to her through a photograph of the late Pope John Paul II, miraculously curing her and sealing the late pontiff's sainthood.

Costa Rica probes soapy money-laundering link to Venezuela

Jun 27 2013

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Costa Rica said on Thursday it was investigating two men suspected of laundering money for Venezuelan government firms after detecting a shady scheme to buy millions of bars of soap.

Costa Rica probes soapy money-laundering link to Venezuela

Jun 27 2013

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Costa Rica said on Thursday it was investigating two men suspected of laundering money for Venezuelan government firms after detecting a shady scheme to buy millions of bars of soap.

Costa Rica halts Chinese-backed plan for refinery upgrade

Jun 20 2013

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 20 Costa Rica has halted its Chinese-backed plan for a $1.5 billion oil refinery upgrade after accusing the contractors of using a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation to run a feasibility study on the project, officials said on Thursday.

China lends Costa Rica $400 million on Xi visit

Jun 03 2013

SAN JOSE China lent Central American ally Costa Rica nearly $400 million on Monday during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to a region where Beijing has traditionally vied with rival Taiwan for influence.

World News

India's Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.