Monthly Archives: December 2010

U.N. team is in Colombia to support flood efforts

A three-member U. N. disaster assessment team has arrived in Colombia to support the ongoing response to the floods, which are affecting more than 2 million people. Heavy rainfall associated with the La Niña weather phenomenon has affected Colombia since … Continue reading

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Five held in terror scheme to kill people at newspaper

Authorities in Denmark and Sweden have arrested five people suspected of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago. Swedish and Danish authorities say four men were arrested in two raids … Continue reading

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Two wives settle dispute over ex-Venezuelan leader

The mistress of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Pérez has agreed to allow his estranged wife to bury him in Venezuela after a feud erupted over the former president’s final resting place. In a statement Wednesday, Perez’s former secretary and … Continue reading

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Chávez dares U.S. to cut diplomatic ties with Caracas

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has dared the United States to cut diplomatic relations amid a dispute over the White House’s choice of a new ambassador in Caracas. Chávez said Tuesday that the U.S. can do whatever it wants, but diplomat … Continue reading

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The plane truth about those annoying television personalities

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been under the weather so I’ve been staying indoors and watching a lot of TV or reading. “Under the weather” is a curious phrase, and like many such phrases, seems to be nautically … Continue reading

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Police get their share of drugs that are flooding country

Law enforcement officials generally agree that agents and police intercept only a percentage of the drugs flowing through Costa Rica. If that is the case, the country is awash in cocaine. Meanwhile, marijuana is a cash crop in southern Costa … Continue reading

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Chocolate genome sequencing opens door to modified food

From your Dec. 29 edition “Big step for better chocolate:” “The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team … Continue reading

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With so many problems country is no paradise

How can anyone refer to Costa Rica as being Paradise? If you call living under barbed wire, steel bars on all windows and doors and expensive alarms systems Paradise you have a misconception of Paradise. Plus the steel gates, zero … Continue reading

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Caribbean escapes harm from 5.1 magnitude quake

The Caribbean coast was the scene of a moderate earthquake Wednesday at 11:13 a.m. The quake had a magnitude of 5.1, but there were no reports of damage. The quake magnitude was estimated by the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de … Continue reading

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This is last regular edition of newspaper for 2010

A.M. Costa Rica will not be published Friday, New Year’s Eve. The newspaper publishes 257 issues a year. When Christmas or New Year’s falls on a Saturday or Sunday, as they do this year, no paper is published on the … Continue reading

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Neighbors to raise funds Sunday for slide victims

Riders and residents in San Antonio de Escazú will be out again Sunday seeking donations for the surviving victims of the giant landslide that killed 21 persons Nov. 4. The aptly named Comité Fuerzas Vivas San Antonio de Escazú announced … Continue reading

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New Japanese ambassador presents his credentials

A new ambassador has taken over representing his country of Japan just in time to be on the job when members of the royal family visit Costa Rica next month. He is Yoshiharu Namiki, who has presented his credentials to … Continue reading

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Judicial police bust up robbery of delivery driver

Judicial police happened upon a robbery Tuesday and engaged the crooks in a firefight. One suspect suffered a bullet wound to the hip. A second suspect was detained and a third fled, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The agents were … Continue reading

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Venezuela reports increase in drug-related arrests

Venezuela says it has detained about 40 percent more people for drug-related crimes this year, compared to 2009. The national drug enforcement agency said Monday authorities had arrested 12,376 people as of mid-December, including 371 foreigners. It said just over … Continue reading

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Air France faces damages in fatal Brazilian air crash

A Brazilian judge has ordered Air France to pay at least $714,000 to the relatives of a Brazilian family that died when the airline’s Rio-Paris flight crashed into the Atlantic last year. The airline on Tuesday declined to comment on … Continue reading

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U.S. drops rule for Cubans that costs them money

The U.S. Treasury Department has authorized Western Union to pay remittances to people in Cuba in the island’s convertible peso, or CUC, instead of U.S. dollars. Treasury officials approved the change earlier this month, allowing Cubans to avoid a 10 … Continue reading

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Police disarm man who threatened with homemade gun

A man with a homemade shotgun was threatening and trying to rob passersby in the Guararí section of Heredia Tuesday. When police arrived, the man tried to fire on the officers, but the weapon did not work. The device was … Continue reading

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Air passenger detained after police find cocaine in bottles

Another departing air passenger ended up in jail after anti-drug police discovered what appeared to be cocaine hidden in two liquor bottles in his luggage. The 22-year-old man, a Romanian, was identified as Razvan Costin.  The Policía de Control de … Continue reading

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