Costa Rica

July 13, 2024

Guatemala Issues Historic Apology for Black Market Adoptions

Guatemala’s president on Friday offered an official apology to one of the many families whose children were taken away and adopted abroad in a multimillion-dollar black market.Osmin Tobar and his brother J.R. were seven and two years old when they were picked up by officials in a poor district of Guatemala City in 1997, ostensibly […] The post Guatemala Issues Historic Apology for Black Market Adoptions appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 12, 2024

Central American Countries Declare Emergency as Dengue Deaths Rise

A hundred people have died this year from a dengue outbreak in Central America, where the most affected country is Guatemala, with half of the deaths, health officials reported this Friday. In Guatemala, 50 people have died from dengue and more than 43,000 people have contracted the disease, almost six times more than in the […] The post Central American Countries Declare Emergency as Dengue Deaths Rise appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 12, 2024

Maritime Patrols Intensify as Panama Tightens Border Control

Panama reinforced maritime surveillance on Thursday, after closing some passages in the Darién jungle to control the arrival of migrants traveling to the United States, a measure that has caused friction with Colombia. The Minister of Security, Frank Ábrego, “ordered the deployment of patrol boats” from the coast guard and border police “on the Caribbean […] The post Maritime Patrols Intensify as Panama Tightens Border Control appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 12, 2024

Talamanca Coastal Plan Sparks Controversy and Calls for Investigation

Several environmental organizations and lawmakers have asked authorities to investigate the alleged conflict of interest and influence peddling by occupants of the Maritime Terrestrial Zone (ZMT) who participated in the process of the new Coastal Regulatory Plan of Talamanca, which would benefit them. On September 26, 2023, the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Talamanca […] The post Talamanca Coastal Plan Sparks Controversy and Calls for Investigation appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 12, 2024

Journalists Flee Nicaragua Amidst Government Crackdown

At least 263 journalists have been forced to leave Nicaragua due to persecution since a violent crackdown on mass protests against President Daniel Ortega in 2018, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. The Foundation for Freedom of Expression and Democracy pointed to a “culture of censorship, exile, threats, and restrictions against independent journalism and critical voices” […] The post Journalists Flee Nicaragua Amidst Government Crackdown appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 11, 2024

Alaska Airlines Announces New Direct Flights to Costa Rica

Alaska Airlines has announced the launch of direct routes from Seattle International Airport and San Francisco International Airport to Costa Rica, starting on December 21, 2024. In Costa Rica, Alaska Airlines will operate these direct routes from Seattle (SEA) and San Francisco (SFO) exclusively to Guanacaste. The flights will run weekly, on Saturdays, using a […] The post Alaska Airlines Announces New Direct Flights to Costa Rica appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 11, 2024

Costa Rica Hosts World-Renowned Van Gogh Immersive Art Experience

The Costa Rican Center for Science and Culture (CCCC) announced the debut of a highly acclaimed multisensory art experience in the country. This immersive exhibition, which has captivated millions worldwide, delves into the life and works of one of history’s most influential artists. The immersive experience that captivates the senses and enchants visitors will be […] The post Costa Rica Hosts World-Renowned Van Gogh Immersive Art Experience appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 11, 2024

Panama Closes Key Border Crossings with Colombia to Protect Migrants

Panama confirmed this Wednesday that it has closed some irregular crossings used by migrants to traverse the Darién jungle, bordering Colombia, in order to preserve safety in that inhospitable area where criminal gangs operate. Colombian authorities have criticized the closure of these crossings, stating that it affects “the fundamental rights” of migrants traveling through this […] The post Panama Closes Key Border Crossings with Colombia to Protect Migrants appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
July 10, 2024

El Salvador’s State of Emergency Blamed for Orphaning 176 Children, Says NGO

At least 176 Salvadoran children have been left orphaned due to the death of one of their parents who were imprisoned under the state of emergency implemented by President Nayib Bukele since March 2022 to combat gangs, an NGO denounced on Wednesday. “It has been determined that at least 176 sons and daughters of detained […] The post El Salvador’s State of Emergency Blamed for Orphaning 176 Children, Says NGO appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
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