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Number of child abuse cases in Costa Rica reaches 5-year high

The number of cumulative cases of violence committed against minors in Costa Rica has reached the highest figure in the last five years, according to a report released Thursday morning by the National Children's Hospital. To date, the medical center has registered 2,377 cases of child abuse this year alone.

Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone

OIJ official: “Victims are being tortured or mutilated, and most of these crimes occur in the streets. Previously we had information of at least six organized groups operating in Desamparados, but our intelligence now says that these gangs have merged into two major groups that are disputing control of the area.”

Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates

The isthmus connecting North and South America continues to lead the world in murder rates, with four of the top five rates in the world in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize.

30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and the Caribbean

Despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population, Latin America and the Caribbean register more than 30 percent of the world’s homicides, according to a security expert at the World Bank. INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Explore homicide statistics and their relationship to economic growth across Latin America.

New crime index ranks Costa Rica’s most dangerous cantons, but data are from 2011

The central cantons of Limón and San José top the country’s cantonal crime index, according to the latest report released this week by the Peace Vice Ministry – part of Costa Rica's Justice Ministry – and the Institute for Municipal Development. But the data, a summary of which was released on Tuesday and didn't include some serious crimes like rape and kidnapping, is three years old.

Chinese Balloon Spotted Flying Over Costa Rica?

Costa Rica social media has been abuzz with posts and photos of a large white balloon seen flying over the country. The reports started...

Costa Rica Ice Hockey: Winter Olympic Dreams in the Tropics

It is not widely appreciated or publicized but it is possible to ice skate and play ice hockey in Costa Rica and an ice...

Costa Rica Plans to Modify Recreational Marijuana Bill

The Costa Rican government is set to present a substitute text to the recreational marijuana bill after obtaining feedback from different institutions. According to Natalia...

Speculation About Balloon Seen Over Costa Rica Continues

On Friday the Tico Times reported about sightings of a large white balloon seen in several areas over Costa Rica. Social media was being bombarded...
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