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Republic in Central America

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Costa Rica: Republic in Central America
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José, with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.


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Costa Rica to extend border closure until June 30

Costa Rica will extend the closure of its borders until June 30, Health Minister Daniel Salas said Friday, prolonging a key element of the country's effort to contain the coronavirus.
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Costa Rican finance minister steps down amid government shakeup

Costa Rican Finance Minister Rodrigo Chaves stepped down on Thursday as part of a significant shakeup to President Carlos Alvarado's Cabinet midway through his term.
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Defying pandemic, gay couples hold first marriages in Costa Rica

Marco Castillo and his boyfriend, Rodrigo Campos, waited just a few hours to take advantage of a new law in Costa Rica that made the country the first in Central America to allow same-sex marriage.
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Nicaragua-Costa Rica coronavirus dispute stalls hundreds of trucks at border

Hundreds of freight trucks were stuck on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Friday as the two countries remain locked in a squabble over measures to contain the coronavirus.
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Quarantine with 31 children? Costa Rican family's labor of love

Coronavirus lockdowns present a plethora of challenges for families suddenly forced to spend weeks on end under one roof. But try hunkering down at home with 31 kids.
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Costa Rica pushes back coronavirus, reducing current cases

While parts of Latin America enter the toughest phase of the coronavirus pandemic, Costa Rica has for the past week reported a steady fall in the number of people currently infected, in a sign the..
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Migrants in Central American limbo as coronavirus relocation plans falter

Thousands of African, Haitian and Asian migrants bound for the United States have amassed in immigration shelters in Panama and Costa Rica as plans to relocate them to less crowded areas to lower the..
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Costa Rica confirms 30 new coronavirus cases, total now at 231

Costa Rican Health Minister Daniel Salas said on Thursday that there are 30 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Central American nation, bringing the total number or cases to 231.
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'Zero season': Costa Rica tourism industry braces for coronavirus meltdown

Hoteliers, tour operators and restaurant owners in Costa Rica are bracing for their worst season on record after the Central American country closed its border until mid-April to tackle the coronavirus..
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Military roadblocks, curfews: Latin America tightens coronavirus controls

Countries around Latin America tightened restrictions further on Monday to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, with Peru deploying military personnel on the streets, Costa Rica closing..
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Costa Rica closes bars and discos over coronavirus, infections rise

The Costa Rican government has ordered the closure of all bars and discos to combat the spread of coronavirus as the tally of registered infections in the Central American country rose to 35, the..
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Costa Rica orders universities closed on coronavirus concerns

Costa Rica has ordered all university classes suspended due the risk of the spread of coronavirus, while other schools deemed to be at risk will also be closed for two weeks, officials said on..
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Costa Rica reports 22 coronavirus cases, nearly double prior tally

Costa Rica's health ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the Central American country increased to 22, up from 13 previously reported.
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Costa Rica raises coronavirus cases to nine, including three Americans

Costa Rica raised to nine the tally of people infected with coronavirus in its territory, up from five a day earlier, the government said Sunday.
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Costa Rica confirms first coronavirus case in Central America

Costa Rica's government on Friday said it confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in a 49-year-old woman from the United States who is in the Central American nation with her husband.
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Prosecutors raid Costa Rican president's offices in data privacy investigation

Prosecutors raided the headquarters of Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado on Friday as part of an investigation into possible data privacy violations by the government, the public ministry said.
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Indigenous leader killed in Costa Rica, second in a year

An indigenous leader from Costa Rica was killed on Monday night during a violent land dispute between groups native to the south of the Central American country and outsiders, police said on Tuesday.
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Costa Rica seizes five tons of cocaine bound for Holland in largest ever drug bust

Police in Costa Rica seized more than 5 tons of cocaine bound for the Dutch port of Rotterdam in the country's largest ever drugs bust, officials said.
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Costa Rica makes biggest ever cocaine haul

Police found more than five tonnes of the illegal dug hidden in a shipment of flowers, officials say.
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China says Pompeo spoke 'irresponsibly' in Costa Rica remarks

China said on Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke "irresponsibly" in remarks he made criticizing Chinese economic cooperation during a visit to Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica calls for aid, grappling with spike in Nicaraguan refugees

Costa Rica's president on Tuesday requested urgent international aid for refugees in the small Central American nation, which has taken in tens of thousands of people from Nicaragua after a political..
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Plane spins on runway during emergency landing in Costa Rica

The pilot warned his passengers before he brought the plane down in Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica defers to Chile, U.N. on rescheduling climate change summit

Costa Rica's government said on Wednesday it defers to Chile, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and member states on how to proceed with the United Nations global climate change..
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Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council despite U.S. opposition

Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying against it by the United States and rights groups, and the..
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Mexican authorities detain Costa Rican priest accused of child abuse

A Roman Catholic priest charged with raping a 12-year-old boy in Costa Rica in 2003 has been detained by Mexican authorities, a Costa Rican official said on Monday, just weeks before a statute of..
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Costa Rica and Panama bust migrant-smuggling ring, arrest dozens

Costa Rican and Panamanian officials on Tuesday morning arrested nearly 50 people linked to an international network suspected of smuggling migrants through Central America and toward the United..
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Costa Rica education minister resigns under Evangelical fire for LGBTQ policy

Costa Rica's education minister Edgar Mora resigned on Monday following protests against policies including his support for gender-neutral bathrooms, in a sign the cultural issues that dominated last..
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Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes in Panama region - USGS

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck on the border between Panama and Costa Rica on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
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Nicaragua arrests four men suspected of ties to Islamic State

Four men with suspected ties to the Islamic State militant group were captured on Tuesday by members of the Nicaraguan armed forces after entering the country illegally from Costa Rica, Nicaraguan..
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Thousands in Costa Rica celebrate in first pride march since gay marriage ruling

Tens of thousands of Costa Ricans celebrated gay pride on Sunday in the capital, San Jose, in the first such march since the country's constitutional court promised same-sex couples the right to marry..
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Saving sharks: One woman's mission to protect the hammerhead

saving sharks: one woman's mission to protect the hammerhead
Marine biologist Ilena Zanella vowed to save the shark after diving with them off Costa Rica.
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