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Montevideo, June 19th 2018 - 16:08 UTC

Tag: Costa Rica

  • Friday, June 15th 2018 - 16:21 UTC

    Nicaragua crisis: Many seek to flee the country

    As the crackdown progresses, the barrage of passport applications has increased markedly in the last two weeks.

    As the crisis worsens in Nicaragua, pressure on the part of society that demands the resignation of President Daniel Ortega remains. This generates that, in many cities like Masaya, the streets are blocked with more than 200 barricades while their neighbors organize to guarantee security and collect food for the protesters who are entrenched, resisting the paramilitary siege against the city. However, there has been an overflow of passport applications in recent weeks.

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  • Tuesday, February 6th 2018 - 08:01 UTC

    Costa Rica presidential runoff between evangelical preacher and ex minister

    While both have a common background in music: Alvarado is Pentacostal singer and Alvarado Quesada sang in a rock band — their politics are very different.

    Costa Rica’s presidential election is headed to a runoff after no candidates secured enough votes to win outright. The top vote-getter, evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado, is expected to face his closest opponent, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a former labor minister, April 1. Alvarado won nearly 25% of votes on Sunday to Alvarado Quesada’s 22%.

  • Saturday, February 3rd 2018 - 10:22 UTC

    Costa Rica wins coastal border dispute with Nicaragua at UN Court of Justice

    The court’s panel of 15 international judges also found that Costa Rica has sovereignty over the “whole northern part of Isla Portillos, including the coast”

    Costa Rica claimed victory over Nicaragua on Friday, after the United Nations’ highest court awarded Costa Rica disputed territory along the coastal border shared by the two Central American countries. Nicaragua was ordered by the International Court of Justice in The Hague to remove a military base from a contested coastal area near the San Juan river, which the judges said violated Costa Rican sovereignty.

  • Saturday, February 3rd 2018 - 10:12 UTC

    Gay marriage at the center of Costa Rica's Sunday presidential election

    Evangelical Christian and congressman Fabricio Alvarado, has pitted himself against an international ruling urging Costa Rica to legalize same-sex marriage.

    A debate over gay marriage has upturned Costa Rica's presidential race, giving ammunition to conservative frontrunners ahead of Sunday's vote and challenging the Central American country's image as a progressive bastion. Evangelical Christian singer and congressman Fabricio Alvarado, who leads recent polls, has pitted himself against a January ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that urges Costa Rica to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 - 10:05 UTC

    “2017 was the safest year for aviation ever”

    To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is 0.06 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 16 million flights.

    Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting firm and an aviation safety group that tracks crashes, making 2017 the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017.

  • Friday, November 17th 2017 - 08:20 UTC

    Falklands' ice hockey team will play a Canadian side that arrives with a letter of support from PM Trudeau

    The Calgary Citizens from Alberta are about to graduate from beer league hockey to the international stage, and with encouragement from Canada’s Justin Trudeau

    On November 18 & 19, Costa Rica’s first ever international ice hockey tournament will take place in the hills of Heredia, where it is much cooler than in the Central Valley, at the Castillo Country Club, home of the Castillo Knights.

  • Saturday, November 11th 2017 - 12:30 UTC

    Falklands ice hockey team in international tournament in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica will be hosting the first Castillo International Ice Hockey Tournament with the participation of a home team, and three international sides, including one form the Falkland Islands. The competition is scheduled to take place at the Castillo Country Club in San Rafael de Heredia, on 18/19 November.

  • Sunday, November 27th 2016 - 11:49 UTC

    At least nine dead in Costa Rica after Hurricane Otto

    Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis was quick to announce “Deceased: zero”; then he needed to rephrase: “Nine casualtires”.

    Hurricane Otto finally made its way through Central American and onto the Pacific Ocean Friday leaving at least nine people dead in Costa Rica in villages of The northern part of the country, bordering Nicaragua, where some 7,000 villagers had to me moved into shelters.

  • Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 05:38 UTC

    Uruguayan president meets Obama; UNHCR will provide Guantanamo detainees with homes

    Vazquez, Obama and Costa Rica's president Solis during the meeting with social activists and civil leaders

    The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, will provide homes to six former detainees of the US military prison in Guantanamo who have struggled to resettle in Uruguay, the country`s President said on Friday.

  • Saturday, June 28th 2014 - 10:43 UTC

    Swire on a five-day visit of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia

    Minister Hugo Swire

    Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire was on a five day visit to Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia this week, following recent elections in both countries and with the purpose of expanding political and trade relations.

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