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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 »

Gisele and Tom Brady’s Former Bodyguards Going to Prison Over Costa Rica Shooting Incident

Gisele and Tom Brady’s Former Bodyguards Going to Prison Over Costa Rica Shooting Incident

The former bodyguards of super model Gisele Bundchen and NFL quarterback Tom Brady have been sentenced to five-years in prison over a 2009 shooting incident in Costa Rica. continue reading »

University of Illinois Credited with Discovering 227 New Wasp Species in Costa Rica

University of Illinois Credited with Discovering 227 New Wasp Species in Costa Rica

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana are being credited with adding over 200 species of wasps to the 17,000 recognized wasps species list. continue reading »

Wave of Turtle Deaths Spreads to Costa Rica

Wave of Turtle Deaths Spreads to Costa Rica

The wave of green turtle deaths in Central America has spread to Costa Rica, where 44 of the animals were found dead along the Pacific coast. continue reading »

Pope Francis Meets with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

Pope Francis Meets with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

This morning Pope Francis received Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla in a private audience. continue reading »

SPAIN: Man Accused of Trafficking Antiquities Acquitted

SPAIN: Man Accused of Trafficking Antiquities Acquitted

A Costa Rican citizen accused of illegally exporting some 1,400 pieces of pre-Colombian art was acquitted by a court in this northwestern Spanish city, his attorney told Efe Tuesday. continue reading »