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Brazil’s Lula stays in prison as top judges tussle over release
Brazil
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Brazil
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Brazil’s Lula stays in prison as top judges tussle over release

Jordi Miro / AFP - December 19, 2018

Brazil's leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remained in prison Wednesday as two supreme court judges issued competing orders over whether he should be released…

El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birth
Central America
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Central America
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El Salvador acquits woman charged with murder over premature birth

AFP - December 19, 2018

A judge in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 20-year-old rape victim originally charged with murder after giving birth prematurely in a toilet. Imelda Cortez's daughter survived…

This week in the Peace Corps: A Costa Rican Country Christmas
Changemakers
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Changemakers
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This week in the Peace Corps: A Costa Rican Country Christmas

Tilyian M. / Peace Corps Volunteer - December 18, 2018

On Dec. 26, 2016, I woke up relieved. I had made it through my very first Christmas away from home. I remember reassuring myself that my second…

Costa Rica
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The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 17, 2018

Alexander Villegas - December 17, 2018

Epsy Campbell resigns as foreign minister, our Santa Teresa Deep Dive continues and we find some great sushi and a warm Christmas cocktail in this Weekly Digest.…

Off the eaten path: Tamura
Dining and Nightlife
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Dining and Nightlife
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Off the eaten path: Tamura

William Ayre - December 14, 2018

I grew up in Vancouver, Canada, a world-class sushi city and so I can confidently claim to know the difference between the real deal and the not-so-authentic…

Santa Teresa Deep Dive: Cultures divide over herbicide
pesticides
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pesticides
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Santa Teresa Deep Dive: Cultures divide over herbicide

Alexander Villegas - December 12, 2018

Stephanie Smith rallied the troops. They were assembling at the Cóbano municipal offices to take on a common enemy: glyphosate, the active ingredient in popular herbicides like…

Costa Rica appoints Guillermo Rodriguez as first indigenous ambassador
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica appoints Guillermo Rodriguez as first indigenous ambassador

John McPhaul - December 10, 2018

The Costa Rican government named Guillermo Rodriguez Romero, an indigenous Bribri attorney from the village of Suretka in Talamanca, as the ambassador to Bolivia. Rodriguez is Costa…

Weary Venezuelans in low-turnout win for ruling party
Latin America
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Latin America
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Weary Venezuelans in low-turnout win for ruling party

AFP/ Alexander Martinez and Esteban Rojas - December 10, 2018

Venezuelans stayed away in droves Sunday from municipal elections, handing a victory to the ruling party -- but with just 27 percent turnout. National Electoral Council chair…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief
Brazil
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Brazil
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

AFP - December 9, 2018

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest…

Costa Rica to purchase eight new trains from Chinese company
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica to purchase eight new trains from Chinese company

Alexander Villegas - December 9, 2018

The Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) announced that it will buy eight new trains from CRRC Quingdao Sifang Co. Ltd, a Chinese company dedicated to researching, developing…

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