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Evo Morales says Costa Rica Interested in Bolivia Gas

Evo Morales says Costa Rica Interested in Bolivia Gas

Bolivian President Evo Morales said he met in Costa Rica with a group of business leaders who "begged" the Andean nation to ship $500,000 worth of natural gas annually to Central America. continue reading »

Teachers on Strike Optimistic About New Costa Rican President

Teachers on Strike Optimistic About New Costa Rican President

Hundreds of striking teachers gathered Friday at Costa Rica's presidential palace, where they were received by Education Minister Sonia Marta Mora as new head of state Luis Guillermo Solis sought to set a different tone. continue reading »

Costa Rican Teachers Strike Over Months-Long Delay in Getting Paid

Costa Rican Teachers Strike Over Months-Long Delay in Getting Paid

President-elect Luis Guillermo Solis expressed solidarity with thousands of Costa Rican teachers who went on strike Monday to protest months-long delays in getting paid. continue reading »

Costa Rican Coffee Growers to Use New Technology to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Costa Rican Coffee Growers to Use New Technology to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Costa Rica, relying in part on $1.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank, will introduce new technology and methods to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in its coffee industry. The project, Strengthening Competitiveness and Low-Carbon Performance, is expected to generate economic, environmental and social benefits, the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said. continue reading »

Intel Closing Microprocessor Plant in Costa Rica

Intel Closing Microprocessor Plant in Costa Rica

In a major blow to the economy of the Costa Rica, tech giant Intel said it is closing its microprocessor assembly plant there, a move that means 1,500 workers will lose their jobs. continue reading »

Luis Guillermo Solis is Costa Rica’s Next President

Luis Guillermo Solis is Costa Rica’s Next President

Center-left candidate Luis Guillermo Solis won Costa Rica's presidential election over the weekend and vowed to work for national unity and greater social justice. continue reading »

Costa Rican Court Rules Search of Reporter’s Phone Records Unconstitutional

Costa Rican Court Rules Search of Reporter’s Phone Records Unconstitutional

Costa Rica's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that authorities had violated the national charter when they failed to get a warrant before searching a journalist's telephone records as a part of a leak investigation. continue reading »

REPORT: 30 Percent of Costa Rica Ecosystems Threatened

REPORT: 30 Percent of Costa Rica Ecosystems Threatened

Some 30 percent of Costa Rica's ecosystems are under threat and require action being taken to avoid a critical reduction of environmental elements vital for human life, a newly released study says. continue reading »

Costa Rican Court Blocks Government’s Attempt to Close Zoos

Costa Rican Court Blocks Government’s Attempt to Close Zoos

A court decision has blocked the Costa Rican government from taking back control of two San Jose zoos and ending the custom of caging animals, the Pro-Zoological Gardens Foundation, or Fundazoo, said. continue reading »

Costa Rica Prepares for Presidential Runoff, Second Time in Country’s History

Costa Rica Prepares for Presidential Runoff, Second Time in Country’s History

For only the second time in its history, Costa Rica on Monday began preparing for a presidential runoff after dark horse center-left hopeful Luis Guillermo Solis picked up the most votes in the initial balloting. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America Gift to the World: Coffee - Check Out How its Made

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America Gift to the World: Coffee - Check Out How its Made

Where does coffee come from? We are sure you have pondered this question, and one company has produced an interactive infographic that dives into how coffee is made from the planting of the seed to enjoying the delicious hot beverage. continue reading »

Costa Rica Sees Record 2.4 Million Tourists in 2013

Costa Rica Sees Record 2.4 Million Tourists in 2013

Costa Rica in 2013 welcomed a record 2.42 million tourists, up 3.6 percent compared with 2012, the country's tourism minister said. Allan Flores told a press conference that tourism provided Costa Rica with $2.43 billion in revenues in 2013. continue reading »

Blog del Narco: Cartels Expand Their Influence in Costa Rica

Blog del Narco: Cartels Expand Their Influence in Costa Rica

Costa Rica yesterday confirmed the presence of Mexican Cartel Knights Templar in the nation and explained that the criminal gang uses Costa Rican territory as a "strategic point" for cocaine traffic from Colombia. The final destination is Mexico and the United States continue reading »

REPORT: Disney World Theme Park Coming to Costa Rica

REPORT: Disney World Theme Park Coming to Costa Rica

Reports are coming out of Costa Rica that the country is about to have its very own Disney theme park in the near future. Mayor Luis Gerardo of Liberia confirmed that developers thought to be associated with Disney purchased about 7,000 acres in the Guanacaste province. Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province and the largest city there. continue reading »

Costa Rica Reports 8,000 Seized Illegal Firearms Since 2010

Costa Rica Reports 8,000 Seized Illegal Firearms Since 2010

Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 8,000 firearms since President Laura Chinchilla took office in May 2010, the Security Ministry announced Tuesday. continue reading »