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Ortega a shoo-in as Nicaragua votes with opposition jailed, exiled

The 75-year-old is assured another five-year term with his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo, 70, by his side.

US Congress ups pressure on Nicaragua ahead of polls

The bipartisan legislation, which was supported by more Republicans than Democrats, must now be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

President Solís wants fewer words, more action from UN Security Council 

Costa Rica's Solís: "The council’s focus on conflict prevention is inadequate, and, when it does take action, it often comes too late.”

Boehner recounts ’emotional’ holy hug with Pope Francis

And while he insisted the pope had no bearing on his resignation announcement, the coincidence was noteworthy.

President Solís to support reforms, female leadership at United Nations

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís travels to New York Friday to address the United Nations General Assembly before meeting with U.S. lawmakers in Washington D.C. Solís and the Costa Rican delegation will meet with business and international leaders while stressing a message of connecting extreme poverty and inequality, according to a statement from Casa Presidencia

Pope Francis calls for climate, migrant action in Congress speech

A day after meeting with President Barack Obama and enjoying a rapturous welcome from thousands of people on the streets of Washington, Francis became the first pontiff to address a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

$1 billion for Central America, but not Costa Rica?

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden caught the attention of Central America watchers after publishing an op-ed in The New York Times on Jan. 29, announcing that President Barack Obama would ask Congress for $1 billion in aid to the isthmus. The three troubled countries known as the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – were prominently featured in the article, but Nicaragua and Costa Rica were not listed among the would-be recipients.

Obama’s State of the Union highlights executive actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to restore public confidence in his presidency after a dispiriting year, pledging to use his White House authority with new force to advance an agenda that Congress has largely failed to support.

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