Costa Rica: News Updates

On May 8, Laura Chinchilla was sworn in as Costa Rica’s first female head of state, joining a select club of women who have occupied that post in other Latin American countries. After 1974, when Maria Estela Martinez -- known as “Isabelita” -- took over the leadership of...

June 14, 2010

Costa Rica's Health Ministry ordered the last of the stem cell clinics in the country to stop offering treatments because there was no evidence that the procedures were safe or worked but patients have seen improvement after treatment.

 

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Leslie Josephs
June 7, 2010

Conserving rainforests may help to reduce poverty as well as protect biodversity, according to analyses undertaken in Costa Rica and Thailand.

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May 28, 2010

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 26

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 26 (Reuters) - Work on Costa Rica's only open-pit gold mine remained stalled amid environmentalists' renewed complaints that the small Canadian mine owner is threatening local plant and animal life.

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April 26, 2010

A new Costa Rican solar power plan will see the light of day thanks to an approximately $9 million gift from Japan, officials from both countries said this week.

The “Project to Introduce Clean Energy through Solar Electrical Generation,” proposed last year by the Costa Rican Electricity...

February 18, 2010

Costa Rica is set to have its first female president, after election results gave governing party candidate Laura Chinchilla an unassailable lead.

With most votes counted from Sunday's poll, Ms Chinchilla had 47% of the vote, 22 points ahead of the main opposition...

February 8, 2010

Political forces on the left in Costa Rica have formed a partial last-minute alliance to support Ottón Solís, the presidential candidate for the centre-left Citizens' Action Party (PAC), in a bid to counter the conservative lead that the polls predict for the upcoming Feb. 7 elections.

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Daniel Zueras
January 25, 2010

Mexican drug gangs are increasingly using Costa Rica as a pick-up point for South American cocaine headed north and the problem is likely to get worse, President Oscar Arias said on Monday.

Costa Rican police have seized close to 93 tonnes of cocaine between 2006 and 2009, nearly twice...

December 14, 2009

 

On Monday, September 14, the Costa Rican legislature passed a law changing the name of the country's justice ministry to the Ministry of Justice and Peace, making the department the first of its kind in Latin America and only the third in the world.

Costa Rica's...

September 25, 2009

 

Everyone needs something to believe in, and for many Latin American progressives, that something for years has been Costa Rica. The country has long been cited as a beacon of progressive tranquility in a region better known for violence, inequality and poverty. Following an...

August 31, 2009