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U.S. Increases Contribution To Costa Rica To Fight Organized Crime

The United States Congress approved to provide Costa Rica with a US$40.7 million item in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime during 2019. According to the Foreign Ministry, said budget allocation represents an increase of 33% with respect to the aid received from...

Invasion unlikely, but fever builds in Venezuela, Reports

Caracas is a city where everyone knows the dominant political affiliation of each neighbourhood. Basically, the east belongs to the opposition, much of the west to the Chavistas. Many opposition supporters would be reluctant to venture into the poor barrios where President Nicolas Maduro can...

Invasion fever in Venezuela

As the Lima Group countries ready for an emergency meeting on Venezuela hosted by Canada, here in Venezuela on Sunday, Nicolas Maduro attended the latest in a string of almost daily military exercises. Anti-government protesters hold Venezuelan flags as they block a highway to demand...

US: ‘Choose a Side’ on Venezuela

The United States on Saturday called on the world to “choose a side” on Venezuela and urged countries to financially disconnect from the government Nicolas Maduro, while the European Union is getting set to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader. Venezuelan...

Gauido Declared Himself President After Pence’s Call

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s Interim President after he received a call on Tuesday from the United States Vice President Mike Pence, who pledged Washington’s support for Guaido, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The report comes a few days after US...

Ortega Dialogues With The United States and the European Union

The United States and the European Union (EU) are making efforts in parallel to achieve the return of the national dialogue where the peaceful solution to the sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua is agreed, as the situation in the country worsens because the Daniel Ortega...

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Declares Himself President

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, with the support of the United States and many Latin American nations and prompting Nicolas Maduro to break relations U.S. and giving its personnel 72 hours to leave the country. Juan Guaido, President of...

The United – Avianca – Copa Alliance

After a process that took two years, on November 30, the airlines Avianca  (Colombia), United (U.S.) and Copa (Panama) signed a commercial alliance, will allow the three to share revenue from flights and coordinate schedules. Avianca, Copa and United are already tied through a code-sharing...

Costa Rica named as a host nation for Gold Cup 2019

Costa Rica's Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) will be the site of the first two Group B matches for next summer's edition of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) championship. Costa Rica's first match in the 2019 Gold Cup will be played...

Maduro Doesn’t Care That People Call Him a ‘Dictator’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that he was not a ‘dictator,’ but a ‘modest man’. © REUTERS / Miraflores Palace “I don’t care that people call me a dictator. Those who say I’m a dictator can go to hell. I know who I am...

Mexico, Guatemala Police Suppress Migrant Caravan at Border (Photos)

Thousands of migrants have traveled in a caravan, mostly on foot, from Honduras to the Mexico - Guatemala border, the journey has stretched for over 640 kilometers (400 miles). Their hope to reach the United States, however, they are have encountered a somewhat insurmountable obstacle...

Migrant Caravan, Exodus, Rejects Mexico’s Plan to Contain Them

Participants in the 7,000-strong Migrant Caravan, or Central American Exodus as it has been branded by its organizers, have rejected a proposal by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto titled “You Are in Your Home.” The plan, which was announced Friday, sort to offer members of...

Ortega Says Planned US Sanctions Will Bring Poverty To Nicaragua

President Daniel Ortega criticized Saturday the draft sanctions that the United States Congress is discussing against his government saying such actions would bring poverty and economic troubles to his Nicaragua. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega waves to his supporters during a march in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday,...

Northern Triangle Exceeds US$ 10 billion in remittances

Remittances sent by migrants to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, exceeded US$10 billion dollars between January and July of this year, according to their central banks. Guatemala leads with the highest flow of dollars and a growth of 10.62%...

Mexico’s President-elect Says Nobody Can Threaten His Country With Border Wall

Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said presumably referring to United States President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall that Mexico will not be threatened under his administration. "Our goal is to make Mexico a powerful country… Nobody will threaten us that they...

$6 Million in Bogus Organic Fruit Sold to U.S., Costa Rican Report Finds

How do you know whether food certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is actually organic? You don’t, according to Costa Rican lawmakers who investigated bogus organic pineapple exports to the United States. A Costa Rican congressional committee says American consumers paid premium prices for...

Tico Boy Rescued in Arizona Desert Moved To NY Shelter To See His Mother

The Costa Rican boy they left abandoned on Tuesday in the Arizona desert, by his uncle, will be transferred to a shelter in New York City, so he can see his mother. The woman resides in that State illegally, according to the Ministry of Foreign...

US Easing of Gun Export Controls Could Send New Wave of Arms to Latin America

(Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump has proposed a new reform that would ease firearm export controls for US weapons manufacturers, which could increase the already high number of US-sourced firearms used in criminal activities in Latin America. The proposal, published May 14, would shift authority...

Hondurans March Against US Base After Trump Termination of TPS

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa Saturday to protest Washington's decision to cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which granted protection status to nearly 60,000 Honduran immigrants. The program protected nearly 56,000 Hondurans and offered respite...

Bolivian President Evo Morales Warns of Plan ‘to Invade Venezuela’ by US, OAS

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that the United States and the Organization of American States are implementing a plan with the purpose of defeating the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. "Before the elections they will carry out violent actions supported by the media and after...

Salma Hayek Calls for Male Stars to Get Pay Cut

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, said on Sunday male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women. A day after joining dozens of other female movie makers, including Jane...

Pence calls on Latin America to join US in isolating Venezuela, suspend election

Washington - The Trump administration called on Latin American and Caribbean nations Monday to take bold moves against Venezuela that will make allies squirm, including kicking the crisis-ridden country out of the region's main diplomatic body and launching money-laundering probes of Venezuelan officials in...

Summit Of America Leaders Urged To Take Stronger Measures To Isolate Venezuela’s Maduro

(Reuters) - The Heads of State and Government of Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, and the Vice President of the United States, met in Lima, Peru on occasion of the VIII...

School Buses In Costa Rica Are The Junk of The U.S. and Korea

"The Tico student transport is the junk of the United States and Korea. The buses discarded in those countries are the ones that mostly transport our students," says Don Pablo Rosales, in charge of the service platform of the Consejo de Transporte Público (CTP)...

Viva La Democracia! First Polls Open In Australia in Costa Rica’s Presidential Elections

Although in Costa Rica the second round voting to elect the next President doesn't occur until Sunday morning, 123 Costa Ricans - 63 men and 60 women - in Sydney, Australia already began casting their votes. The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) - elections tribunal...

Russia to Continue Pursuing Cooperation Policy in Latin America

Moscow will follow the US policy with respect to the countries of Latin America in light of US President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department, Alexander Schetinin, the director of the Russian Foreign...

Nicaragua Reiterates Support to Cuba in Campaign Against US Blockade

Nicaragua’s National Assembly reiterated its support for Cuba in the international campaign to condemn the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States Government has maintained for more than half a century. This pronouncement took place during a meeting between the president of the...

NAFTA Unlikely To Hurt Mexico-U.S. Security Ties, But Election Might

(Reuters) - Mexico’s threats to weaken U.S. narcotics and migration co-operation if NAFTA dies are pure bluster, Mexican and U.S. officials say, with next year’s election posing a far greater challenge to future collaboration. Mexican officials have threatened to strike back if U.S. President Donald...

‘US Champion of Dirty Wars and Interventionism’: Evo Morales on JFK Files

Bolivian President Evo Morales said the United States is the “champion of dirty wars and interventionism,” Saturday in response to the JFK files recently published detailing some CIA and FBI operations. Following the release of the documents, Morales denounced the U.S. record of military interventions,...

Costa Rica Tourism Big Business

Costa Rica tourism, foreign travel to the country,  generated US$4 billion dollars in income between July 2016 and June of this year. Expenditures of dollars for trips abroad from Costa Rica have also increased. Between July last year and June 2017, an accumulated amount of US$885...

U.S. Suspends All Visas for Cubans, Withdraws Most Staff From Embassy in Havana

Local workers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, leave the building Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2017. Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time...

Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged growth in local demand in Colombia. But the evidence doesn't stack up. And these unsubstantiated notions are being...

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