Monthly Archives: January 2011

Venezuelan arsenal blast kills at least one person

Venezuelan officials say one person was killed and several others injured Sunday by a fire and a series of powerful explosions at an arms and munitions depot. The arsenal is located about 100 kilometers west of the capital, Caracas, near … Continue reading

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U.N. agency praises law in México on refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the entry into force of a new law in México on the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers that now gives the country a legal framework that complies with international standards in this area. … Continue reading

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Press group raps Cuba for repression of journalist

The Inter American Press Association has assailed the Cuban government for having arrested independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, and it called for an end to repression and for the release of other independent journalists still in prison. Fariñas, a psychologist as … Continue reading

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Mrs. Clinton urges candidate in Haiti’s election to quit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States has no plans to suspend aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. On a one-day visit to the Caribbean nation Sunday, Mrs. Clinton said the U.S. wants Haiti to adopt the internationally backed … Continue reading

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Agents say country was keystone in drug smuggling plot

Security officials say it was a tip to the anti-drug telephone line that led them to a gang that recruited Costa Rican fishermen to carry drugs from Ecuador to México and Guatemala. In raids Saturday the Policía de Control de … Continue reading

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Only about a third of smaller firms export, study says

Just 34 percent of the small- and medium-sized companies in Costa Rica export their products, according to a new study. The statistic comes from José Martínez, director of the Escuela de Administración de Empresas at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa … Continue reading

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To stop the car or not stop, that is the question for expats

Motorists have to make a choice when they are flagged down by police officers, either Fuerza Pública or Tránsito. The choice is whether to obey the signals of the officer. Sometimes the policeman really is a crook in a uniform. … Continue reading

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Letter complaining of bias was, itself, full of bias

The commentary piece by Mr. Ken Morris last Tuesday is biased and skewed. He accuses A.M. Costa Rica as spinning the story in favor of Costa Rica and then he proceeds to spin his own story in favor of Nicaragua. His … Continue reading

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Crash claims life in Cóbano

Two motorcycles collided Thursday night in Cóbano on the Nicoya peninsula and a 42-year-old man with the last name of Muñoz died, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

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More rocks hit vehicles on Autopista del Sol

More rocks tumbled onto the Autopista del Sol and crashed into a motorcycle and a car, the highway concessionaire reported. The mishaps were in Esparza at the west end of the highway. Previous rock slides took place near Atenas where … Continue reading

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Heavy trucks are allowed to use restricted bus lane

The transport ministry is changing the rules again on the Autopista General Cañas bus lanes. The bus lanes are expected to be in service at the Río Virilla bridge. Traffic officials already have issued more than 1,000 tickets for drivers … Continue reading

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Search goes on for German believed lost in Pacific

The Cruz Roja said Friday that there have been no new developments in a search for a missing German citizen. They said the man, identified as Michel Bedge, about 40 years old, is believed to have been lost in the … Continue reading

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Parrita is going to the mules for two weekends

Parrita’s annual mule festival starts Thursday for a two-week run. This is the first year that the central Pacific community will benefit from the Autopista del Sol, which dramatically cuts travel time from the Central Valley. The Festival Nacional de … Continue reading

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Immigration seeks comments on new regulations

Proposed regulations that supplement the new immigration law have been posted to the La Gaceta Web site, and everyone is being invited to submit comments, said the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería. This is yet another twist in the often-delayed … Continue reading

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Colombia coal mine toll is at least 20 miners dead

At least 20 people have been killed and six others injured in an explosion at a coal mine in northeastern Colombia. Officials say the blast happened early Wednesday at La Preciosa mine in Norte de Santander province, which borders Venezuela. … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan TV station facing closure and threats

The Inter American Press Association expressed concern Thursday at the censorship of a television channel in Nicaragua after the cable carrier cut it off, supposedly under pressure from the government. The press advocacy organization called for the immediate reinstatement of … Continue reading

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Gang kills U.S. missionary

U.S. police say an American missionary was fatally shot in México Wednesday. They say gunmen tried to stop the vehicle the 59-year-old woman and her husband were travelling in near San Fernando. The men shot at the car as her … Continue reading

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México’s violence appears to be spreading south

Much of Mexico is now under the grip of drug-related violence that has claimed 30,000 lives since president Felipe Calderón declared war on organized criminal gangs in December, 2006. While polls show support for the president’s policy, they also show … Continue reading

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