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Verdict in on Latin American left-wing leadership

There's an enduring myth in Latin America that left-wing populist governments somehow do a better job of promoting economic growth and social development than their political counterparts. For those wedded to that belief the 2014 Social Progress Index should be compulsory reading.


People walk along a fissure on a road in Iquique, northern Chile, on Wednesday, a day after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off Chile's...

UPDATE: Tsunami watch canceled for Costa Rica after magnitude-8.2 earthquake strikes near coast of Chile, kills 6

Around 8:45 p.m. a tsunami watch was called off in Costa Rica by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Diplomats in Washington tout the emerging ‘Pumas of the Pacific’

“It’s not about how many free trade agreements you have on paper, but how many jobs you can turn them into.”

Chinchilla defends road map to join Pacific Alliance as candidates reserve judgment

Two weeks after attending her last international summit as president at the Pacific Alliance conference in Cartagena, Colombia, Laura Chinchilla defended her government’s decision to eventually join the growing free trade bloc of some of Latin America’s biggest economies.

Costa Rica signs agreement to become full member of the Pacific Alliance

Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla on Monday signed a declaration of intent to join the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Chile rips Costa Rica, 4-0, in World Cup warm-up

The result is not as bad as it seems, but it was still ugly. Chile shut out Costa Rica 4-0 during an international friendly in the Chilean port town of Coquimbo on Wednesday evening. However, Costa Rica's biggest stars all missed the match.

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