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Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam
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Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 27, 2020

Two U.S. citizens and a Canadian were sentenced to prison for their participation in a telemarketing scheme that defrauded victims in the United States from a call…

French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach
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French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach

AFP and The Tico Times - January 23, 2020

A French chef who was vacationing on a beach in northwestern Costa Rica was stabbed to death in an apparent fight over a cell phone, judicial police…

OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building
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OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building

Luis Fernando Cascante / Semanario Universidad - July 29, 2019

A device that exploded Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and damaged a window of the Teletica ​​building was a fire extinguisher tube that could be activated remotely and…

Remembering La Penca, 35 years later
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Remembering La Penca, 35 years later

The Tico Times - May 31, 2019

May 30, 1984, was a tragic day in Costa Rica's history. Seven people were killed and 21 wounded during a press conference called in La Penca, Nicaragua,…

Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures
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Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures

AFP - May 24, 2019

Costa Rica announced on Thursday a reduction in murders and an increase in the confiscation of illegal weapons as it put into force a law that tightens…

More than 500 arrests made in raid against arms trafficking in eight Latin American countries
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More than 500 arrests made in raid against arms trafficking in eight Latin American countries

AFP and The Tico Times - March 12, 2019

A raid against arms trafficking in eight Latin American countries ended with 560 arrests, including the detainment of a person suspected of providing weapons to Colombia's National…

Costa Rica sentences four members of Mexican jewelry thief gang ‘Los Mazos’ to prison
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Costa Rica sentences four members of Mexican jewelry thief gang ‘Los Mazos’ to prison

AFP and The Tico Times - March 6, 2019

Four members of the Mexican jewelry thief gang known as "Los Mazos" were sentenced to 16 years in prison, the local prosecutor's office said on Tuesday. Those…

United States sending Costa Rica $40.7 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime
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United States sending Costa Rica $40.7 million to fight narcotrafficking and crime

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 17, 2019

The United States is expected to send more than $40 million to Costa Rica to help the country fight narcotrafficking and organized crime, the Foreign Ministry announced.…

Costa Rica closes 2018 with decrease in homicides
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Costa Rica closes 2018 with decrease in homicides

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 1, 2019

For the first time since 2012, Costa Rica closed a year with a decrease in the number of homicides. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) recorded 587 homicides…

Latin America and Caribbean is world’s most violent region, study says
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Latin America and Caribbean is world’s most violent region, study says

AFP / Paulina Abramamovich - December 1, 2018

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region on the planet, accounting for 39 percent of the world's murders, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said…