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Poacher stabs park volunteer in Costa Rica

San Jose, Sep 2 (EFE).- A poacher stabbed a volunteer taking part in efforts to stop illegal hunting in the central province of San Jose, Costa Rica's environment minister said Monday. The incident took place last Thursday as park ranger Aristides Chinchilla and volunteer Franklyn Araya were on patrol in the municipality of Puriscal, Rene Castro told a press conference. Citing Chinchilla's report, the minister said that after the ranger and the volunteer seized a dog from poachers, the hunters pelted their vehicle with stones and one of them stabbed Araya in the groin.

China gives Costa Rica $900M line of credit for refinery, agreements on energy and transport

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - China will give Costa Rica a $900 million line of credit to finance the expansion and remodeling of an oil refinery in the Central American country's Caribbean coast, the two countries announced Monday. During an official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two countries signed nine co-operation agreements totalling $1.5 billion that will provide resources for improving Costa Rican roads and public transit fleets, purchasing solar panels and the building of a new police school. Xi arrived Monday from Trinidad
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