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Costa Rica welcomed record number of tourists in 2013

San Jose, Jan 16 (EFE).- Costa Rica in 2013 welcomed a record 2.42 million tourists, up 3.6 percent compared with 2012, the country's tourism minister said. Allan Flores told a press conference that tourism provided Costa Rica with $2.43 billion in revenues in 2013. "The sustained growth (of tourist arrivals) by air in these last four years is the reflection of an aggressive strategy to attract new airlines, (with) new destinations and more seats, on which we have been working jointly in the public and private sectors," the minister said.

Costa Rica ruling party leads in presidential poll

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica's ruling party presidential candidate bolstered his lead over a left wing challenger in a poll ahead of a February 2 election, local media reported on Tuesday, but a tight run-off vote seemed likely. National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya is favored by 29 percent of voters, up from 27 percent in a December poll, according to a new CID-Gallup poll cited by Repretel News. CID-Gallup confirmed the report, which is set for official release on Wednesday.

Football: List of the eight World Cup groups

A run down of the eight groups following Friday's World Cup draw in Costa do Sauipe: Group A Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon Group B Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia Group C Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan Group D Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy Group E Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras Group F Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria Group G Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA Group H

Costa Rica has seized more than 8,000 illegal firearms since 2010

San Jose, Dec 3 (EFE).- Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 8,000 firearms since President Laura Chinchilla took office in May 2010, the Security Ministry announced Tuesday. "It is important to emphasize the planning and preventive work that is being carried out at different places in the national territory and conflict zones, where we are seizing these weapons every day to thus prevent crimes and violent acts," said Security Minister Mario Zamora in a communique.

US reaches tax agreements with Costa Rica, Caymans

The United States has signed agreements with the Cayman Islands and Costa Rica to counter offshore tax evasion, the Treasury Department announced Friday. Under the agreement with the Cayman Islands, the Caymans must report tax information on US account holders to Cayman authorities, who will in turn relay the information to the US Internal Revenue Service.

Costa Rica seeks to attract more investment from China

SAN JOSE, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Costa Rican Vice President Luis Liberman and Minister of Foreign Trade Anabel Gonzalez Wednesday met with more than 100 Chinese business people in a bid to attract more investment from the Asian country. The gathering is part of the two-day 7th China-Latin America and the Caribbean Business Summit that is under way. "We see in China a promising future, a great ally with whom we have in recent years built solid trade ties," said Gonzalez, adding that Costa Rica is the Central American country that exports the most to China.

Football: Australia 1 Costa Rica 0

Result of a friendly football international played in Sydney on Tuesday: Australia 1 (Cahill 69) Costa Rica 0 (ht: 0-0) afp

Thousands of Costa Ricans protest against gov't policies

San Jose, Nov 11 (EFE).- Thousands of people protested here Monday against the Costa Rican government's market-oriented economic policies. "These policies have come to destroy the institutions of social welfare we have in our country, replacing them with poverty and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few," Luis Chavarria, leader of the Undeca public employees union, told Efe.

Football: Troubled Mexico name fourth coach in six weeks

Mexico named their fourth coach in six weeks to save their dismal World Cup qualifying campaign, hiring Miguel Herrera on Friday ahead of a last-chance playoff against New Zealand. The Club America boss replaced Victor Manuel Vucetich, who was sacked two days after the team lost 2-1 to Costa Rica, a defeat that nearly killed their hopes of going to Brazil next year. "We are in a crisis situation," Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean told a news conference.

Costa Rican nun accused of abusing two girls

The Costa Rican Catholic church has relieved a nun of her duties over the alleged sexual abuse of two young girls, a church official was quoted as saying Wednesday. A church probe would be carried out in parallel to the legal process, Sixto Varela, pastor and press officer of the San Joaquin de Flores diocese, told local media. On August 30, a children's advocacy agency alleged the nun had sexually molested and raped two girls aged three and six at the home in the province of Heredia. After the claim, the 13 girls in the home were moved to other facilities.
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