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World Bank’s IFC criticized over Honduras project

AFP - January 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The World Bank's private finance arm was criticized Friday by an internal ombudsman for its involvement with a controversial Honduras agriculture business accused of grave human…

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Court decision imperils Haitians in Dominican Republic

Joshua Keating - January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The governments of the Haiti and the Dominican Republic met this week to discuss rising tension between the neighbors, particularly a highly controversial court…

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Venezuela outraged by murder of a former beauty queen

Nick Miroff - January 9, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelans kill each other by the tens of thousands every year, making this South American nation one of the world's most violent. But the…

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The Tico Times is launching a new website Jan. 15. Here’s why.

The Tico Times - January 8, 2014

To our readers: 2013 was quite a year for The Tico Times. When we started the newspaper more than 57 years ago, our goals were simple: provide…

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The Law of Parsimony

Jack O’Brien - January 6, 2014

Jack O’Brien Being of an indolent nature myself, I am perpetually amazed at the raw energy and intestinal fortitude of those who do good works: Chairmen of…

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Fighting poverty with 90 million California red worms

Anna-Claire Bevan - January 5, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY – When María Rodríguez first heard about the potential of using worms to eradicate poverty, she was convinced as to where her future lay. “It…

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Our favorite quotes about Costa Rica from the past year

Tico Times - January 4, 2014

The best – and the worst – things that were said in 2013: ARCHBISHOP: LESBIANS ARE COOL "[Lesbians are] nobler. They are more respectful and you can easily…

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Caldera Highway to have one-way traffic Sunday to assist vacationers returning from the beach

Tico Times - January 3, 2014

On Sunday, Jan. 5, all traffic on Route 27 will flow toward the capital. The move intends to to help those outside of San José make a…

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Zapatistas mark uprising’s 20th anniversary

Gabriela Coutino - January 2, 2014

OVENTIC, Mexico – Thousands of people gathered in a southern Mexico rebel bastion on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista movement's New Year's Day…

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This year’s wars

Louise Arbour - January 2, 2014

BRUSSELS — Before we dive into next year's list of conflicts to watch, some thoughts on the year we are about to conclude are in order. In…