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Trump cancels Latin America trip, cites Syria concerns

Trump was scheduled to attend the eighth Summit of the Americans in Lima, Peru on  Friday and Saturday.

From Syria to Cartago: One immigrant’s four-generation family business in Costa Rica

Víctor Méndez tells the story of his great-grandfather, José Barguil, who came to Costa Rica from Syria in 1930.

Asylum seekers suspected in rash of New Year’s Eve assaults in Europe

At least 21 asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa are suspects in the New Year's Eve rampage of sexual assaults and thefts in the German city of Cologne, authorities said, even as word emerged of similar acts in Finland, Sweden and other German cities.

Jihadist shot dead attacking police on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

A jihadist wielding a meat cleaver was shot dead as he tried to attack a police station in Paris Thursday claiming to avenge French military action in Syria, a year to the day since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

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.

Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself

U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia and NATO allies to take all steps Tuesday to "discourage any escalation" after a Russian warplane was downed along Turkey's border with Syria. The incident has been denounced by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "stab in the back."

Costa Rican knitters provide comfort to Syrian refugees

A knitting drive at the Children’s Museum in San José, plus a fundraising effort, resulted in a whopping 244 blankets being sent via on an odyssey that is taking them by airmail from San José to Madrid, over land to Valencia, by boat to Turkey, and finally into the hands of families enduring freezing temperatures in a refugee camp in Idlib, Syria.

Honduras arrests 5 Syrians headed to US with stolen passports

Authorities in Honduras have arrested five Syrians intending to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday in the wake of the Paris attacks launched by Syria-linked jihadists.

The Islamic State’s trap for Europe

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the Islamic State is "contained" in Iraq and Syria, but the group's attacks in Paris soon afterward showed that it poses a greater threat to the West than ever.

World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiations

VIENNA – World powers meeting here on the Syria crisis agreed Saturday to push for political negotiations between opposition forces and representatives of the government of President Bashar Assad by Jan. 1, to be followed by an immediate, U.N.-monitored cease-fire.

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