A Divided Costa Rica Votes in Runoff Fought Over Gay Rights

April 1, 2018 | Costa Rica News
An Easter Sunday vote will decide whether conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz can capture Costa Rica's presidency, a result that would mark a sharp turn from the current government's embrace of gay rights. Best known for religious dance songs and ballads, the 43-year-old former TV journalist faces the center-left ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 38, in a tight race fought over a court ruling ordering the country t
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Costa Ricans split over gay marriage vote for next president

March 31, 2018 | Costa Rica News
This combination of two photos shows Citizen Action Party presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado, left, on March 29, 2018, and National Restoration Party presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado on Feb. 1, 2018, in San Jose, Costa Rica. ...read more
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Trump escalates attack on Amazon, focusing on tax, shipping

March 29, 2018 | Costa Rica News
The logo of Amazon is seen on a building in San Jose, Costa Rica March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate Trump has attacked Amazon and its Chief Executive Jeff Bezos several times, and his latest comment on Twitter came a day after news website Axios reported that Trump was obsessed with the world's largest online retailer and wanted to rein in its growing power with federal antitrust laws. ...read more
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Photo finish beckons for Costa Rican election fought on gay rights

March 29, 2018 | Costa Rica News
SAN JOSE: Conservative Christian singer Fabricio Alvarado Munoz is in a tight race with his centre-left ruling party rival ahead of a run-off on Sunday to decide Costa Rica's presidential election, their campaigns driven by duelling views on gay rights.Alvarado Munoz, a 43-year-old former television host, shot to the top of the polls in January soon after denouncing a ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that month which called for
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After being stuck in Costa Rica for a month, city scribe gets visa to Nicaragua

March 27, 2018 | Costa Rica News
After being stuck in Costa Rica for over a month, former scribe circumnavigating the world by land finally gets visa to enter Nicaragua Vishnudas celebrates his last day in San Jose, Costa Rica with people from the hostel he was volunteering at The Nicaraguan roadblock in former journalist Vishnudas Chapke's circumnavigation trip has finally been cleared. Chapke's almost 50-day ordeal ended on Monday night, when he finally managed to enter Nicara
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Costa Rican Ruling Party Presidential Contender Vows to Cut Deficit

March 27, 2018 | Costa Rica News
Costa Rica's ruling party presidential candidate says he will slash the country's growing fiscal deficit by half if he wins Sunday's run-off election, a contest in which economic concerns have taken a back seat to a debate over gay marriage. Center-left hopeful Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Citizens' Action Party, 38, trails in some polls behind conservative evangelical Fabricio Alvarado Munoz, while others show the pair running neck-and-
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The 52 Places Traveler: On the Costa Rican Coast, Finding Fun by Escaping Exclusivity

March 27, 2018 | Costa Rica News
Peninsula Papagayo is where the ultrarich go to avoid having to interact with the riffraff of the regular rich. But there's a way to get away from the traps of luxury. ...read more
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Costa Rican coffee gains stronger presence in Korea

March 26, 2018 | Costa Rica News
Costa Rican coffee has secured a stronger position in the Korean market, where coffee consumption is steadily growing, according to the Costa Rican Embassy in Seoul. Various types of Costa Rican coffee will be showcased at the Coffee Expo Seoul at Coex from Apr. 5-8. ...read more
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Danny Heitman’s At Random: Sampling spring reading in the dark

March 24, 2018 | Costa Rica News
My wife now enjoys most of her books on a Kindle, so she no longer needs a lamp to read in bed. The mild glow from a screen illuminates the words, which allows her to read in the dark, something she finds soothing. ...read more
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You can now visit Starbucks’ coffee farm in Costa Rica

March 24, 2018 | Costa Rica News
It's easy to forget when you're handed your tall soy latte how much effort goes on behind the scenes to make your daily cup of joy. And we're not just talking about the hard slog the baristas put in, getting up at the crack of dawn so they can froth milk for hundreds of bleary-eyed commuters. ...read more
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