This map shows all the countries where voting is mandatory
It might seem weird to citizens of the United States — where only 58 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election — but it's the way things are in 21 nations around the world.
Costa Rica deports a German caught smuggling over 400 frogs and reptiles in takeout containers
The (mostly) living bounty included 184 frogs, 42 lizards, nine snakes and 203 tadpoles in plastic to-go containers headed for Europe.
Latin America vs. Europe: The rivalry returns
Slinging mud across the pond over soccer is as old as the World Cup.
This chart shows which World Cup teams have been given the most red and yellow cards
Uruguay and Greece, what's the deal?
The US is out. So which World Cup team are we supposed to root for now?
Well, that depends. Do you hate freedom?
Just 2 percent of Latin Americans are rated as having free media
Independent journalism in the Americas is backsliding again, Freedom House says.
Wake up and smell the fungus in your coffee
'Coffee rust' is out to get your morning cup.
How Russia arms America’s southern neighbors
Russia is now the largest weapons dealer to governments in Latin America.
Costa Rica crocodiles tore this man apart
A Nicaraguan man loses his job, gets wasted, and takes the last swim of his life in the Tarcoles River.
Meet Costa Rica's new president: A professor who has never held elected office
Luis Guillermo Solis's win dislodges a two-party dynasty that has governed the coffee-producing country for decades.
A man who has never held elected office took the lead in Costa Rica's presidential election
Jose Maria Villalta had emerged as the leading anti-corruption, anti-establishment candidate until he was portrayed as a pro-gay marriage communist.
The left may win big in Costa Rica, El Salvador elections (VIDEO)
Voters in both Central American countries of El Salvador and Costa Rica headed to the polls Sunday to choose a new president. Both votes are likely to end in runoffs.
Latin American left eyes El Salvador, Costa Rica votes
Left-leaning political parties looking for election victories on the same day, but with very different strategies, in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
World Cup 2014 set in Brazil with your choice for 'group of death'
Group G gets early consideration for 'group of death' with Germany, Ghana, Portugal and United States.
Latinas who rule
Land of machismo? Turns out Latin America's women have blazed past their amigas of the rich north to become presidents.
The Hillarys of Latin America
With Chile re-electing President Michelle Bachelet, Latin America, land of ‘machismo,’ has a record four female heads of state.
Latin America most dangerous place for environmentalists
Green campaigners are being killed in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, the UN says.
5,000 new species catalogued in Costa Rica
The number of documented species grew from 87,000 in 2009 to around 92,000 this year.
Costa Rica aims for zoos without cages
The government of Costa Rica announced Monday that it will transform its two zoos into botanical gardens or urban parks in order to eliminate the practice of displaying caged animals.
The world is awesome: sloths edition
Contrary to what you may think, these natives to Central and South America are neither slow nor dumb.
Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits off coast of Nicaragua
The magnitude 6.5 earthquake Saturday shook the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and was also felt in Honduras and Costa Rica.
Jairo Mora, environmental activist, killed by turtle poachers
Jairo Mora was killed by poachers for his work protecting sea turtles.
China's world tour: Li Keqiang and Xi Jinping make the global rounds
Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping are visiting a slew of countries in the coming weeks.
Need your caffeine fix? Central American coffee production expected to drop 17%
Coffee leaf rust outbreak in region is worst in 40 years.
Raw Feed Video: Costa Rica capital on lockdown for Obama visit
Police block Costa Rica's main avenues and stores and offices shut as Barack Obama comes for Central America conference. Not everybody's happy about it.
Obama's Mexico trip: What they probably won't say, but should
Analysis: US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, will play up the positives this week in Mexico. But what about issues like the countries' glaring failures in the drug war?
Into the Costa Rican wild: Jaguars feast on sea turtles
Jaguars normally live alone — but not in Costa Rica’s Tortuguero park, where more than a dozen roam together, preying on endangered green turtles.
Latin America takes action to decriminalize abortion
Roe v. Wade provides framework for progressing past restrictive laws.
2,012 words of 2012
Here are the buzzwords, the keywords, or just plain words, that were uttered time and again in 2012. This was an absurd amount of work. So please click on it.
Costa Rica bans trophy hunting, a first for Latin America
Fines, jail for those caught trophy hunting, searching for exotic pets in Costa Rica.
In Costa Rica, viva la in vitro?
In deeply Catholic Costa Rica, in-vitro fertilization is banned, but a court could soon overturn that.