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A Cementazo Christmas! Legislative Commision Requests Sanctions Against 29

  The legislative commission, Comisión Investigadora de Créditos Bancarios de la Asamblea Legislativa (Banking Credits Investigative Committee of the Legislative Assembly), delving into the Chinese...

“Cementazo” Scandal Tarnishes Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

Costa Rica is just months away from a presidential election, set to take place on February 4, 2018. However, the road to the polls...

The Incorruptible Jorge Chavarria Linked to the “Cementazo” Corruption Case Is Looking For Early Retirement

The (once) solid, unimpeachable, incorruptible, Jorge Chavarria is requesting the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) to reactivate his retirement effective on December 15, two days after...

A Synopisis of the Cementazo Scandal

Rico's TICO BULL - So far I have stayed away from reporting the Cementazo (cement scandal). In the words of a dear friend, it's...

Juan Diego Castro: The Trump Wannabe of Costa Rica

“COSTA Rica is the most beautiful place in the world,” my much-travelled friend Jamie Cox told me last summer. We were chilling out in...

Costa Rica’s Corruption

In this caricature by Crhoy.com, we see the Fiscal General (Chief Prosecutor) Emilia Navas collecting evidence in the #cementazo case. Meanwhile, former Fiscal General,  "the...

Fiscal General Raids Offices and Homes of Legislators Linked To The Chinese Cement Scandal

The #Cementazo is the corruption scandal in Costa Rica that keeps on growing, the investigation now focusing on legislators and a government official after...

Costa Rica Decides: Latest Poll

If the presidential elections were held today, who would win? The latest poll reveals no one. The current field of candidates for the election on...

Proposed Is A Merger of The Banco de Costa Rica With the Banco Nacional

Costa Rica is down to two State banks, that is if you don't count the Banco Popular, which is, well, I don't think anyone...

Social Networks Fuel The Dirtiest Political Campaign In History

The social networks are full of personal attacks and false profiles with a view to the political campaign, where memes and injurious information are...

President Luis Guillermo Solis Denies Any Involvement In The Chinese Cement Corruption

Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis denies any link to the "cementazo" corruption scandal that has resulted in the arrest of 7 people last...

Suspended BCR General Manager Will Be First To Arrive At the San Sebastian Jail

Mario Barrenechea, the suspended general manager of the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), will be the first, today Monday, to be transferred to the...

Time To Put A Stop To Costa Rica’s “Pura Birra” Culture

EDITORIAL - Costa Rica's Judicial System Broken. Really Broken. Once again we have proof that Costa Rica's judiciary system is broken. I mean really...

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Costa Rica’s Election: It Wasn’t the Economy, Stupid!

Is it the economy, stupid? A preliminary analysis would have concluded that such a maxim would prevail in Costa Rica’s presidential race: unemployment is...

Canada To Open Free Trade Talks With Mercosur Group Of South American Countries

(Reuters) - The Canadian government plans to open free trade talks with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America, an official said on...

OIJ Raids Cosevi Central Offices

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) - road safety council - offices in La Uruca was raided this Monday morning, as investigators delve into...

Migrants Up Against Nicaragua’s “Containment Wall”

(IPS) - Nicaragua’s “containment wall”, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its...

Latin America Focuses on Attacking Pockets of Rural Poverty

(IPS) - Identifying territories where rural poverty is most entrenched in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply new tools and innovative policies to...

Better Safe Than Sorry: Travel Tips

People often hear stories of travel incidents but they don't think it'll happen to them. Two of the biggest problems for travelers are stolen,...

Tigo To Invest US$30 Million This Year

Tigo (Millicom) is set to invest US$30 million in Costa Rica this year to substantially expand coverage, double broadband speed and bring DTT to...

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Anne Hathaway’s Leaked Personal Pictures Go Viral

American actress Anne Hathaway is the latest celebrity to fall victim to the hackers, who shamelessly filtered the intimate photos of the actress with...

American Tourist Dies In Isla del Coco Shark Attack

The National Coast Guard Service of the Ministry of Public Security (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública) confirmed the death of...

10 Countries Reputed As The Ultimate Place For Sex Tourism (Guess Who Isn’t?)

QCOSTARICA - Normally, tourists travel abroad to visit famous landmarks, culture or do fun things. Also there is a group of tourists who travel...

Female Tiger Shark Attacked American Tourist Who Died in Isla del Coco

The survivor of the shark attack in the Isla del Coco on Thursday, the 26-year-old diving guide identified by his last name Jimenez, said...

How Will Hurricane Irma Affect Costa Rica?

As Hurricane Irma makes its way through the Caribbean and Floridians ready for Irma's potential landfall, how will it affect Costa Rica? Although Hurricane Irma...

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Police Killings Up 37% in Brazil

LATIN AMERICAN NEWS - Meanwhile, the south remains Brazil's least violent region. This includes the state of Sao Paulo, which -- with a murder...

President’s “100 Day” Report Stirs Media Storm

COSTA RICA NEWS - As might be expected, President Luis Guillermo Solis's 100 day report stirred up a veritable hurricane on social media. The...

Brotherly Love?

  Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Two brothers have been arrested for allegedly contracting the murder another bother's to appropriate themselves of family properties and...

US Shell Companies Aid Crime Groups in Latin America and Beyond

(Q24N) A new report highlights how criminal groups use anonymous shell companies to help launder illicit proceeds, and how a simple legal change could...

Costa Rica: From Tourism and Agriculture to Medical Manufacturing and IT Services

Some people might not see Costa Rica nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America. With a population of around 4.5 million inhabitants, it...