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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 »

Large Arms Cache Discovered in Costa Rica

Large Arms Cache Discovered in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of a cache of 15 assault rifles and a rocket launcher in a mountainous area near the border with Nicaragua that also served as a clandestine heliport. continue reading »

Latin America’s Top Environmentally Sustainable Countries

Latin America’s Top Environmentally Sustainable Countries

Recently, the World Energy Council (WEC) launched its 2013 World Energy Trilemma report with the annual Environmental Sustainability Index. The WEC measured 129 countries' environmental sustainability as the achievement of supply and demand-side energy efficiencies and the development of energy supply from renewable and other low-carbon sources. continue reading »

Telecom Industry Raises Price of Fixed Line in Costa Rica by 83 Percent

Telecom Industry Raises Price of Fixed Line in Costa Rica by 83 Percent

The cost of basic phone service in Costa Rica will rise by 83 percent in the coming weeks, the SUTEL telecoms industry regulator said in a statement. continue reading »

Actor Mel Gibson Puts his Costa Rica Estate Up for Sale - AGAIN

Actor Mel Gibson Puts his Costa Rica Estate Up for Sale - AGAIN

If you have $29.75 million laying around and want to own 500 acres of pristine, private forest in Costa Rica then Mel Gibson wants to hear from you. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 192nd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. continue reading »

Happiest Latin American Countries

Happiest Latin American Countries

Recently, the World Happiness Report was released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Using data acquired by the Gallup World Poll, 150 countries were ranked by happiness. Five Latin American countries were named in the top 25. continue reading »

JUST IN:  6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Costa Rica this Morning

JUST IN:  6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Costa Rica this Morning

The United States Geological Service (USGS) is reporting a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck the Guanacaste province in Liberia, Costa Rica this morning, 6:29 a.m. local time. continue reading »

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Former Astronaut Frankling Chang Diaz Honored in His Home Country of Costa Rica

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Former Astronaut Frankling Chang Diaz Honored in His Home Country of Costa Rica

Former Costa Rican-American astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz on Monday received an honorary doctorate from the state-run Universidad de Costa Rica, or UCR, for his contributions to science, technology and education on the global level. continue reading »

No Casualties in Shooting at Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica

No Casualties in Shooting at Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica

No one was hurt when assailants in a passing car fired shots at the Colombian Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica's security minister said Friday. continue reading »

Thousands March in Costa Rica to Support Bill Targeting Animal Abusers

Thousands March in Costa Rica to Support Bill Targeting Animal Abusers

Thousands of animal lovers and their pets marched down the main avenue in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital, over the weekend to demand approval of a law being debated in Congress that targets animal abuse. continue reading »

Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Growing: 5,000 New Species Catalogued

Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Growing: 5,000 New Species Catalogued

Research for the updating of Costa Rica's National Biodiversity Strategy has detected roughly 5,000 new species in the Central American country, officials said. continue reading »