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Costa Rica approves $350 million loan from Inter-American Development Bank

02 Oct 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's congress on Tuesday approved a $350 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to lower its debt, which is equal to more than half of the Central American nation's gross domestic product.

Costa Ricans could get chance to vote on opening to oil exploration

21 Sep 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Ricans could get the chance to vote on the future of their country's oil and gas exploration policy after a court on Friday authorized pro-exploration activists to gather signatures for what would be only the second referendum in its history.

Mexican authorities detain Costa Rican priest accused of child abuse

19 Aug 2019

SAN JOSE A Roman Catholic priest charged with raping a 12-year-old boy in Costa Rica in 2003 has been detained by Mexican authorities, a Costa Rican official said on Monday, just weeks before a statute of limitations would expire in the case.

Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

30 Jul 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and towards the United States, prosecutors said.

Costa Rica approves $1.5 billion international bond placement

02 Jul 2019

SAN JOSE, July 1 Costa Rica's legislative assembly on Monday approved the placement of up to $1.5 billion in bonds in coming months as the Central American country struggles to reduce its mounting debt burden.

Costa Rica education minister resigns under Evangelical fire for LGBTQ policy

02 Jul 2019

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's education minister Edgar Mora resigned on Monday following protests against policies including his support for gender-neutral bathrooms, in a sign the cultural issues that dominated last year's presidential election remain divisive.

EU-backed group says it is ready to send political mission to Venezuela

07 May 2019

SAN JOSE The European Union-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela said on Tuesday it could send a political mission to Caracas to pursue a solution to the country's ongoing crisis, reiterating its call for fresh elections.

Indigenous land activist shot dead in Costa Rica

19 Mar 2019

SAN JOSE Unknown attackers shot dead a well-known Costa Rican activist who defended land for the Bribri indigenous people in the Central American country, the government said on Tuesday.

Costa Rica's Church seeks forgiveness after priests accused of abuse

16 Mar 2019

SAN JOSE The Catholic Church in Costa Rica on Friday asked for forgiveness following recent accusations that three of its priests sexually abused minors, amid a clerical abuse scandal that has ravaged the institution's credibility around the globe.

Accuser feels no longer 'alone' in claims against Costa Rican ex-president

27 Feb 2019

SAN JOSE The first of several women to bring sexual misconduct claims against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said on Tuesday that she felt grateful for the outpouring of support since going public with her story.

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