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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.

Costa Rica repays central bank for loan following tax reform

20 Dec 2018

San Jose, Dec 19 Costa Rica said on Wednesday that it would repay the central bank for a special loan of 498 billion colones ($833 million) that it requested in September to bolster the country's finances.

Nicaraguans in Costa Rica set out to mount anti-Ortega border protest

16 Dec 2018

SAN JOSE Several hundred Nicaraguan dissidents set off in a caravan on Sunday from Costa Rica's capital en route to the Nicaraguan border to protest against their president, Daniel Ortega, and encourage his domestic opponents.

Costa Rican legislature approves tax package to tackle debt

04 Dec 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's legislative assembly on Monday approved a package of tax hikes and fiscal measures that President Carlos Alvarado hopes will reduce the Central American country's mounting debt burden and stave off the risk of credit rating downgrades.

Costa Rica court backs tax plan amid protests as downgrades loom

24 Nov 2018

SAN JOSE Costa Rica's Supreme Court on Friday validated a tax reform which aims to increase taxes and cut government worker benefits in a bid to calm fleeing investors and hold off debt downgrades.

'Love will prevail': Costa Rica's same-sex couples can marry in 2020

16 Nov 2018

SAN JOSE Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation's constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America.

UPDATE 1-Costa Rica's central bank says tax reform should be approved soon

30 Oct 2018

SAN JOSE, Oct 30 Costa Rica could face difficulty servicing its public debt obligations if President Carlos Alvarado's proposed fiscal reform is not approved soon, Central Bank President Rodrigo Cubero told Reuters in an interview.

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