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Pressure mounts on Costa Rica-Nicaragua border after migrant shelter closes

The closure of the shelter that housed 85 and fed 150 people a day is likely to further concentrate immigrants in the area around Peñas Blancas, as more arrive every day with no way forward.

Costa Rica lacks a freedom of information law but still ranks high in press freedom

One prominent Costa Rican journalist argued that a freedom of information law would only open the door to more onerous requirements for accessing public information.

Nicaragua drops $80 million on Russian tanks

The $80 million T-72B tanks are a significant purchase for the hemisphere’s second poorest country, which spent $71.6 million total on its military in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Deporting 600 migrants back to Africa could be expensive, and impossible

Finding a country willing to accept these migrants is going to be a herculean task, if not "impossible," says the Migration Policy Institute's Demetrios Papademetriou.

Peace Corps volunteers petition to reinstate sexual assault victims’ advocate

Two hundred current and returned Peace Corps volunteers around the world have signed a petition to the U.S. Congress to reinstate an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault who was pushed out four years after lawmakers demanded that the agency show it was serious about volunteers' security.

Costa Rica government defends background check waiver for Syrian anti-terrorism experts 

Costa Rica is sometimes criticized for copying the United States too closely and it appears anti-Syrian hysteria is the latest trend to arrive from Uncle Sam.

President Solís meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at UN

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a bilateral meeting Monday at the U.N. General Assembly in New York....

Some scientists worried about surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean

If the trend continues, there could be many consequences, including rising seas for the U.S. East Coast and, possibly, a difference in temperature overall in the North Atlantic and Europe.

OECD lays down Costa Rica’s ‘roadmap’ to membership

Costa Rica hopes to soon count itself among the only Latin American countries, along with Mexico and Chile, out of the 34 OECD member states.

Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for well-being, just behind Panama, says Gallup

Costa Rica outscored countries like Switzerland (4), Chile (6) and Denmark (7). Latin America scored well in the rankings, holding six of the top 10 spots.

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