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That’s loco! 12 bizarre stories from 2014
Arts and Culture
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That’s loco! 12 bizarre stories from 2014

The Tico Times - December 31, 2014

It’s all fun and games – until you get arrested by Central American authorities for shoplifting a metric ton of saltines. Costa Rica has no shortage of…

Brazilian corruption probe reveals possible links to Costa Rica, Guatemala
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Brazilian corruption probe reveals possible links to Costa Rica, Guatemala

The Tico Times - December 16, 2014

The names of Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís and former National Liberation Party (PLN) presidential nominee Johnny Araya were among several prominent figures listed on a…

Costa Rica’s Solís flies in former drug plane to El Salvador
Crime
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Crime
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Costa Rica’s Solís flies in former drug plane to El Salvador

The Tico Times - November 26, 2014

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís flew to El Salvador on an official visit Wednesday morning in a plane once owned by drug traffickers. This is Solís' second…

Supreme Court re-elects Jorge Chavarría as Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor despite protests
Crime
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Supreme Court re-elects Jorge Chavarría as Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor despite protests

L. Arias - October 6, 2014

With 16 votes in favor and six against, Supreme Court justices on Monday afternoon re-elected Jorge Chavarría Guzmán as Costa Rica's chief public prosecutor for another four-year term.…

Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lending
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Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lending

L. Arias - September 10, 2014

During President Laura Chinchilla's term from 2010-2014, administration officials and lawmakers passed nine pieces of legislation and one executive decree aimed at helping middle-income Ticos buy homes. Yet despite the effort,…

Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office
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Solís blocks added sales tax on national park entrance fees, a decree passed days before he took office

L. Arias - August 5, 2014

Last Friday, President Luis Guillermo Solís and Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez signed a decree eliminating a 15 percent sales tax on national park entrance fees. The act…

Court throws out ex-President Chinchilla’s social media defamation lawsuit
Crime
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Crime
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Court throws out ex-President Chinchilla’s social media defamation lawsuit

The Tico Times - July 21, 2014

A three-judge criminal court in San José on Monday tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by ex-President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) against a hotel owner who accused her…

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Explainer: Why is Costa Rica’s former President Laura Chinchilla suing a hotelier over a Facebook post?

The Tico Times - July 14, 2014

https://twitter.com/monumentalcr/status/488687667253501952 “President Laura Chinchilla arrives at the Criminal Court for complaint against businessman for defamation. Her parents accompanied her.” From Radio Monumental. Former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014)…

Environment and Wildlife
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Laura Chinchilla’s post-presidential hobby? Caring for a baby bird

The Tico Times - July 1, 2014

https://www.facebook.com/Laura.Chinchilla.M/photos/a.405091801883.189384.44416736883/10152293892421884/?type=1&theater After leading an entire country what does an ex-president do in her or his spare time? Well, it you're U.S. President George W. Bush you start painting…

New administration boosts consumer confidence in Costa Rica, study shows
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New administration boosts consumer confidence in Costa Rica, study shows

L. Arias - June 2, 2014

Costa Rica’s consumer confidence index (ICC) in May reached 49.8 percent, its highest since February 2011 when it was 50.3, according to a new study by the…