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Panama’s US envoy offers upbeat economic outlook for 2015

Aiming to have completely bilingual education by 2030, the Varela government has launched a pilot program to send 1,000 teachers to the United States for specialized English-language training. Eventually, 30,000 teachers will participate in the program over the next 15 years.

Costa Rica not alone as it waits for a new US ambassador

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Costa Rica has been without a U.S. ambassador for a year and a half, but it doesn’t look like Stafford Fitzgerald Haney – whom President Barack Obama nominated for the job back in July – will be relocating to San José anytime soon.

Guatemala’s former Vice President Eduardo Stein bids for top job at troubled OAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Guatemala’s Eduardo Stein Barillas vowed to “clean up the mess” at the Organization of American States if he’s elected secretary-general of the politically divided, cash-strapped regional body.

US donates flight simulator to Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry

The simulator, the first of its kind in Costa Rica, copies the cockpit of a Piper Seneca III aircraft and runs training programs in great detail. It cost $305,000 and was delivered to Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who thanked the U.S. government for the donation.

Behind the scenes at the UN

The duality of this particular moment, the tension between the good and the terrible, is so stark it evokes the light-versus-darkness heart of the Zoroastrian philosophy of the Yazidi people who, once upon a time, so long ago it seems hard to remember, helped usher in this latest chapter of Mideast war.

New Costa Rican ambassador to US presents credentials at White House

Costa Rica's Ambassador to the United States Román Macaya presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Sept. 18....

Costa Rica-based US relief workers join efforts in West Africa to combat Ebola

Tim Callaghan and Phil Gelman were both involved in relief efforts in one of the most high-profile, horrific disasters in the Western Hemisphere in the last five years: the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2010.

Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrants

By the time Jhonny Torres reached the tent-camp migrant shelter here on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, he'd been held up five times by armed gangs, including a group of commandos claiming to be members of the Zetas cartel. But he never encountered any Mexican police or soldiers.

USAID sent young Costa Ricans undercover to Cuba in anti-government scheme, AP reports

The Associated Press revealed more details Monday morning about Costa Rican involvement in United States Agency for International Development’s covert anti-Cuba operations, including the use of HIV-prevention workshops as fronts for recruiting pro-democracy activists.

Israel spied on Kerry during peace talks

BERLIN – Israel eavesdropped on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, the German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

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