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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 »

MasterCard Introduces First “Black” Card in Latin America

MasterCard Introduces First “Black” Card in Latin America

MasterCard and Costa Rica's state-owned Banco Nacional, or BNCR, have introduced the first "Black" debit card in Latin America, a product aimed at high-income customers. continue reading »

Home of Costa Rican Education Minister, Lawmaker Robbed

Home of Costa Rican Education Minister, Lawmaker Robbed

The homes of the Costa Rican education minister and an opposition lawmaker were attacked on the weekend by armed men, who stole valuables but did not injure anyone. continue reading »

Matt Damon Vacations on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Matt Damon Vacations on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

U.S. actor Matt Damon, famous for such films as "Invictus" and "The Bourne Identity," is currently vacationing on the Pacific coast beaches of Costa Rica, media reports said. continue reading »

Top 5 Most Innovative Latin America Countries

Top 5 Most Innovative Latin America Countries

The World IntellectualProperty Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, and INSEAD have released the annual "The Global Innovation Index" (GII). continue reading »

Illegal Gold Mining Threatens One of Costa Rica’s National Park Treasures

Illegal Gold Mining Threatens One of Costa Rica’s National Park Treasures

Illegal gold mining is posing a threat to Corcovado National Park, home to Costa Rica's most biodiverse forest, media reports said. continue reading »

Top Medical Tourism Destinations in Latin America

Top Medical Tourism Destinations in Latin America

As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, many are looking to Latin America as a major medical tourism destination. continue reading »

Mexican Flight Attendant in Costa Rica Found to Have $160k Strapped to Body

Mexican Flight Attendant in Costa Rica Found to Have $160k Strapped to Body

A 28-year-old Mexican flight attendant was arrested in Costa Rica with $160,000 she was carrying attached to her body, the Security Ministry said. continue reading »

Highest Life Expectancies in Latin America

Highest Life Expectancies in Latin America

Life expectancy is the average number of years a person would live if the mortality rate remains constant in the future. Variables such as the quality of healthcare, ongoing wars, obesity, and HIV/AIDS infections affect each country's life expectancy. continue reading »

WATCH: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Roar (VIDEO)

WATCH: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Roar (VIDEO)

WATCH as Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano roars to life early Tuesday morning which has resulted in more than 160 mini-earthquakes, according to the Observatorio Vulcanologico. continue reading »

REPORT: Chilean Miner Movie “The 33” Will Feature Antonio Banderas

REPORT: Chilean Miner Movie “The 33” Will Feature Antonio Banderas

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will star in "The 33," a film based on the story of survival of the miners buried for more than two months in a mine in northern Chile, Variety reported. continue reading »

U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica Makes “Gangnam Style” Video to Combat Visa Scams

U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica Makes “Gangnam Style” Video to Combat Visa Scams

Earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica released their version of South Korean Psy's "Gangname Style," but the video isn't just about fun. continue reading »

American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

The family of 31-year-old Steven Adamn Flesch is mourning their loved one after he passed on Tuesday. Flesch, an experienced backpacker, was robbed and beaten in San Jose in March shortl continue reading »

Obama Says Private Sector is Key to Central American Development

Obama Says Private Sector is Key to Central American Development

U.S. President Barack Obama noted Saturday the private sector's enormous potential for Central American development, and urged a combination in the region of good government and a free market. continue reading »

Woman Dies from Lethal Butt Injections in Costa Rica

Woman Dies from Lethal Butt Injections in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities are reporting the death of a 33-year-old woman from illegal buttocks injections. The unidentified victim received butt shots as a cosmetic procedure that became infected. continue reading »