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Even without diplomatic ties, Costa Rica still ranks as Taiwan’s top Central America trade partner

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Seven years ago, Costa Rican President Óscar Arias outraged Taiwanese officials by breaking diplomatic relations with the prosperous island nation and aligning Costa Rica instead with mainland China. Yet Costa Rica remains Taiwan’s largest Central American trading partner by far, with bilateral trade consistently outpacing the region’s other countries

Guatemala’s Alfonso Portillo gets six years in prison in US

NEW YORK – Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced Thursday in New York to five years and 10 months in prison for a $2.5 million bribery scandal.

Costa Rica and Bahamas send El Salvador financial reports on fugitive ex-President Flores

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Officials in El Salvador reported Tuesday that Costa Rica and the Bahamas have collaborated with an investigation of ex-President Francisco Flores by sending financial statements and other banking information to prosecutors, who accuse Flores of misappropriating $15 million in state funds.

El Salvador’s Funes urges Panama to give up fugitive ex-President Flores

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes asked Panama on Saturday not to grant political asylum to former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, who is wanted on allegations that he misappropriated more than $15 million donated from the government of Taiwan.

Taiwan to deliver bribery report on Guatemala ex-president

Taiwan will deliver next week a report on statements by ex-president Alfonso Portillo that he received millions of dollars in bribes from Taipei for diplomatic recognition, Guatemala said late Friday.

Salvadoran ex-president tries to flee amid graft probe

SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador's ex-President Francisco Flores, who is under investigation over alleged misuse of $10 million donated by Taiwan, tried to flee the country Tuesday, President Mauricio Funes said.

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