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Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Independence Day in Costa Rica . Photo from costaricalearn.comTICO BULL by Rico – Every so often the debate comes up, especially when getting together with Tico friends (yes, though difficult to believe, I do have one or two Tico friends), is Panama is part...

MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala

(InsightCrime.org) Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an "elite unit" of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group's transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout. According to a...

Earl Upgraded To Hurricane As It Nears Belize

(Q24N) Earl has been upgraded to a hurricane as the system bears down on Belize, threatening flash floods and mud slides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Earl had top sustained winds Wednesday of 75 mph (120 kph). It was moving west at...

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of...

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala's prolific narco "queen." A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as...

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez González, alias Palidejo, was sentenced Thursday in Guatemala to 50 years in prison for being the mastermind of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. The target of the attack in Guatemala City on July 9, 2011...

Number of Violent Deaths has Risen to 1,374 in Guatemala

(Prensa Latina) The National Institute of Forensic Sciences in Guatemala (Inacif) has reported a figure of 1,374 deaths due to violence in the first quarter of the year. If the trend continues, Inacif warns that by December, Guatemala may reach a higher number of homicides...

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

QCOSTARICA - The first 180 of the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica since November has been selected and will be travelling by air to El Salvador on Tuesday, confirmed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Gonzalez. The Director of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez, in charge of...

250 Stranded Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Next Week

QCOSTARICA - 250 is the number of Cuban migrants in Costa Rica that will be leaving for El Salvador next week, as part of a plan to end the crisis that has left almost 8,000 of the islanders stranded in the country. The first group,...

Mexico Takes Costa Rica To WTO Over Avocado Import Ban

(QCOSTARICA) Mexico and Guatemala have brought Costa Rica's import ban on avocados (aguacate in Spanish) before the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The case will be heard on July 15th in the committee in charge of Sanitary Measures in Geneva, Switzerland. The ban was issued by...

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made advances in the war against this crime, but judging from the available evidence, at the moment the criminals are winning. She was 12 years old...

Say Goodbye To Roaming

(QCOSTARICA) Claro was the first, then followed by Movistar, to remove the mobile telephony barriers in Central America, eliminating "roaming" charges. Both Claro and Movistar have service in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico, where users visiting other countries can now make...

Guatemala: Chaos in Customs Offices

(Q24N) -- The crisis in the tax administration department has created delays of up to 15 days in release of containers and serious lack of coordination in the management of processes at land borders and ports. The business sector states that the lack of coordination...

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

(Q CENTRAL AMERICA) Mexico's southern border region is a hot spot for sex traffickers who target migrants traveling from Central America. Thirty-five women were rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, with six suspects arrested in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas, authorities announced Wednesday. According to the National...

Costa Rica Bans Avocado Imports Due To Sun Blotch Virus

QCOSTARICA - The Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAF) closed off all imports of avocados (aguacate in Spanish) to Costa Rica from eight countries and the State of Florida, due to a virus called Sun Blotch (Mancha del Sol...

Consumption in Central America: Some Rise and Others Fall

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS - In 2014 the volume of household consumption increased by 16% in Nicaragua, 7% in El Salvador, 5% in Panama and 6% in Guatemala, while in Costa Rica and Honduras it fell by 1% and 5%, respectively. Panama stands out because of...

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS - The Guatemalan Coordinator for Reduction of Disasters (CONRAD) is maintaning preventive measures in 25 communities near the volcano Fuego, although the activity of the volcano, located 50 kilometers southwest from this city, has normalized. After the eruption last Saturday and Sunday,...

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