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Where do poinsettias come from?

Ed Bernhardt - December 17, 2013

When we think poinsettia, we think Christmas plant. Fewer of us think about Central America or Mexico, but actually, that’s where poinsettias come from, despite the fact…

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Conservation group Sea Shepherd ready for aggression from Japanese whalers

AFP - December 17, 2013

SYDNEY, Australia – Conservation group Sea Shepherd Australia said Monday it was preparing for increased aggression from Japanese whalers in its annual campaign to stop the slaughter…

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Pope invites the homeless for birthday breakfast

AFP - December 17, 2013

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis invited four homeless people to mass and breakfast in the Vatican on his 77th birthday on Tuesday, which he celebrated with Vatican…

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Women stand-up paddlers make Costa Rican history

Gabriela Díaz - December 17, 2013

“You only live once.” At 5:30 a.m. Saturday, these words started gliding across the Gulf of Nicoya, in the province of Puntarenas, on top of a few…

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Festival de la Luz shines its way through San José

Andres Madrigal - December 17, 2013

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What’s in my name?

Dery (It’s Not Short for Anything) Dyer - December 16, 2013

Once upon a time, two newspaper people decided to give their newborn daughter a name coined from the letters of their last name, thinking that it might…

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Bachelet wins Chile presidential vote by landslide

Javiera Quiroga - December 16, 2013

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet vowed to reduce inequality in Chile by providing free education for all after winning the biggest majority in at least…

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US mulls wider trade pact with Latin America

AFP - December 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is exploring the idea of setting up a wider regional trade pact with Latin America, Secretary of State John Kerry revealed…

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Costa Rica ethics tribunal investigates health minister over anti-gay seminar

Isabella Cota - December 16, 2013

Costa Rican Health Minister Daisy Corrales is at risk of having her medical license suspended in an ongoing case brought by a citizen to the country’s Doctors…

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Mass grave weighs on Mexican town

Joshua Partlow - December 15, 2013

LA BARCA, Mexico — The town motto, "a city alive," feels like a stretch for this corn-farming crossroads, with its flaking paint and rutted roads and long…

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