PANAMA CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated area of Panama near its border with Costa Rica on Sunday, causing some wooden porches to collapse and products to shake from store...
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A small plane has crashed in a residential area of Costa Rica's capital without causing deaths or serious injuries.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A mostly European group of nations said Tuesday it will send a high-level delegation to Venezuela to propose solutions to that country's protracted...
Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum fined in ethics case
MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum agreed Wednesday to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting gifts from lobbyists,...
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Police in El Salvador say the father-in-law of ex-President Mauricio Funes has been arrested in Costa Rica and is wanted back home for alleged...
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Back in Nicaragua, she owned her own home and made enough as an elementary substitute teacher and lawyers' assistant to eke out a stable, if not luxurious,...
Costa Rica president wants free elections for Nicaragua
SEATTLE (AP) — Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado has said Central America should not be satisfied until Nicaragua holds free elections and re-establishes a free press, democracy and human...
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan man who became a prominent public face of opposition to President Daniel Ortega's government for his defiant protest runs through the capital has left the...
Costa Rica authorities raid Catholic Church offices
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Judicial police in Costa Rica's capital raided Roman Catholic church offices Thursday, searching for information about two priests accused of sexual abuse.
Costa Rican accused of sexual abuse expelled from priesthood
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Roman Catholic officials in Costa Rica's capital say that a cleric accused of sexually abusing minors has been expelled from the priesthood.
Costa Rica raids bank in Odebrecht, Peru corruption probe
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica prosecutors have raided the local headquarters of Scotiabank as part of an investigation into purported bribes paid by the Brazilian company Odebrecht to...
Costa Rica justice figure resigns after sexual abuse report
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A Costa Rican Justice Ministry official has resigned after the country's vice-minister of economy reported him for alleged sexual abuse.
Laura Pacheco said Friday via Twitter that the day before his resignation she had reported the case to prosecutors. She says she was doing what women should when someone else believes they have a right to your body.
The Justice Ministry announced Friday that Julio Solis, director of Citizen Peace and Coexistence Promotion had resigned.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
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Venezuela's renewed political crisis rolled on, with opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro both staging big rallies while foreign humanitarian aid piled up on the border with Colombia, blocked from entering by Venezuelan officials.
Man accused of embezzling $36M sent back to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of embezzling more than $36 million from a Los Angeles technology firm and using most of it to pay off his credit card bills has been extradited from Costa Rica.
Authorities say Paul McDaniel arrived in L.A. Thursday afternoon to face 10 counts of wire fraud. If convicted, he could face decades in federal prison.
The Latest: Arias accused of misconduct in Reno in 1998
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on accusations of sexual misconduct against former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias (all times local):
The longtime director of the international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the sixth woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct.
Carina Black said in an interview this week that Arias boxed her against a wall inside an elevator at the university in 1998 and then tried to kiss her.
Nevada woman is the 6th to accuse Arias of sexual misconduct
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The longtime director of the international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct.
Memphis T-shirt company CEO killed in Costa Rica car crash
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent Tennessee businessman has been killed in a car crash in Costa Rica.
News outlets report that according to representatives of his company, Memphis businessman 61-year-old Mike Bowen died Saturday. T-Shirt Champions confirmed the death of its CEO in a tweet.
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Ex-Miss Costa Rica is latest to accuse Arias of sexual abuse
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A former Miss Costa Rica has become the second woman to make a criminal complaint against Nobel Peace Prize laureate and ex-President Oscar Arias, in the latest of mounting allegations of sexual misconduct to emerge this week.
The woman alleges that Arias grabbed her, groped her and kissed her against her will at his home in 2015, according to partial photos of the complaint published late Thursday by Escri-Viendo, a Facebook page dedicated to entertainment news.
More women come forward after Arias sexual assault complaint
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two more women have accused former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace laureate, of sexual misconduct after a criminal complaint alleging sexual assault against another woman was filed against him this week in the Central American nation.
Eleonora Antillon, a well-known Costa Rican journalist and TV presenter, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Arias assaulted her in the mid-1980s when she was working for his fledgling presidential bid.
Costa Rica ex-leader Oscar Arias accused of sexual assault
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Former President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was enveloped in scandal Tuesday after a sexual assault complaint was brought against him by a nuclear disarmament activist.
Arias denied the allegation, saying he has never acted against the will of any woman and has fought for gender equality during his career.
Lletget leads US to 2nd straight win under Berhalter
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Sebastian Lletget headed the ball down and the emotions overtook him as soon as the ball went into the net.
In the same stadium where he scored his first international goal before a devastating foot injury he feared might have ended his career, Lletget delivered a much happier highlight in front of family and friends who made the short drive down from his native San Francisco.
Berhalter makes 2 changes for US in match vs. Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has made two changes to his lineup in his second game leading the national team.
Midfielders Wil Trapp and Paul Arriola will replace former captain Michael Bradley and Jeremy Ebobisse in the starting lineup for Saturday's exhibition against Costa Rica. The other nine starters are the same as they were for the 3-0 win over Panama in Berhalter's debut last Sunday.
Lima looks to build off strong debut with US national team
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nick Lima made the most of his opportunity when he was given the chance to make his U.S. national team debut in a new system under new coach Gregg Berhalter.
He fared well in a role that asks him to play a combination of right back and as a defensive midfielder and looks to build on that Saturday when the Americans complete their start-of-year camp with a game against Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium.
CONCACAF says it will support Infantino for re-election
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football says it will support Gianni Infantino for re-election as FIFA president when soccer's world governing body holds a congress in Paris on June 5 ahead of the Women's World Cup.
CONCACAF announced the decision following its council meeting Thursday in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Engagement ring lost on tropical beach found in dig
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If only clouds and rain had hung over the beach on Dec. 11 in Costa Rica, like the forecast had predicted, none of this would have happened.
Sure, Doug Cotty and his brand-new fiancee Michele Arias might still have decided to hang out on Playa Chaman, and might still have spotted the baby olive ridley sea turtles nesting in the sand.
Florida’s ethics commission says Gillum may have broken law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A long-simmering ethics investigation of former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum heated up Friday when a state ethics panel said there was probable cause that Gillum violated Florida's ethics law.
The state's ethics commission voted in a closed-door meeting Friday that there is enough evidence to show that Gillum accepted gifts from lobbyists during his time as Tallahassee's mayor.
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Acosta, Glad, Bono, Miller cut from US roster
CHICAGO (AP) — Colorado midfielder Kellyn Acosta has been cut from the U.S. soccer roster for upcoming exhibitions against Panama and Costa Rica.
New coach Gregg Berhalter also dropped Salt Lake defender Justen Glad on Tuesday along with goalkeepers Alex Bono of Toronto and Tyler Miller of Los Angeles FC.
Top journo who fled Nicaragua says nation’s press threatened
MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Nicaragua's most prominent journalists says President Daniel Ortega is working to close any spaces of freedom in the Central American country.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had the offices of his media outlets Confidencial and the television programs "Tonight" and "This Week" seized in December by Ortega's police, said Monday night that he fled to Costa Rica after receiving information that a plan was afoot to jail him on phony charges.
Top journalist Carlos Chamorro flees Nicaragua, cites raids
MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than a month after Nicaraguan police raided and occupied his news outlets' offices, prominent journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro has fled to Costa Rica.
Chamorro announced in a video posted Monday on Facebook that he made "the painful decision to go into exile to ensure my freedom and physical safety, and above all to carry on independent journalism from Costa Rica."
4 Nicaraguan police killed by gang near Costa Rica border
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police in Nicaragua say four officers have been killed by members of a criminal gang in the country's south near the border with Costa Rica.
A statement from the Nicaraguan National Police says officers were attending to an incident in Rio San Juan province when they came under fire from gunmen belonging to a gang based in Costa Rica involved in drug trafficking, robbery and cattle theft.
Garza leaves US training camp due to strained quadriceps
CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati defender Greg Garza has left the U.S. national team training camp because of a strained quadriceps.
The U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday that Garza will not be replaced. The roster dropped to 27 players.
The U.S. is training in Chula Vista, California, for a pair of exhibitions under new coach Gregg Berhalter. The Americans face Panama on Jan. 27 at Glendale, Arizona, and Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at San Jose, California.
Police in Costa Rica, Spain arrest kidnappers of American
MADRID (AP) — Police in Costa Rica and Spain say they have arrested 12 people alleged to have been involved in the kidnapping of a missing American in Costa Rica.
Police from both countries say that the joint operation led to the arrests of the Costa Rican suspects on Friday.
William Sean Creighton Kopko, an American businessman, was kidnapped in Costa Rica on Sept. 24, 2018. Costa Rican authorities say that the victim is still missing.
Arrests made in Costa Rican kidnapping of American
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities are hoping the arrest of 12 people allegedly involved in the September kidnapping of the owner of an internet sports betting site will lead to the missing U.S. citizen.
Director of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Body Walter Espinoza said Friday that the arrests were made in Costa Rica and Spain.
OAS head seeks activation of democratic charter on Nicaragua
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica said Saturday it has received a request from the head of the Organization of American States to activate a process of invoking the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Nicaragua amid alleged abuses in the country.
Family of Florida woman slain in Costa Rica files lawsuit
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Relatives of a Florida woman slain in Costa Rica are suing Airbnb and the resort where she was vacationing when she died.
The Latest: Chile to host next year’s UN climate summit
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
Countries have agreed that Chile will host next year's U.N. climate summit.
Delegates at this year's talks in Poland agreed Friday that the South American nation will stage the meeting after Brazil dropped out. Costa Rica, which had been also been in the running, will host a preliminary event.
The Latest: Florida woman slain in Costa Rica a ‘happy soul’
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Latest on the Florida woman who was found slain in Costa Rica (all times local):
A friend of a Florida woman who was slain while on vacation in Costa Rica says his friend was a "happy soul" who made everyone laugh and had a large social media presence.
Carla Stefaniak was found dead near her Airbnb rental on Monday. She'd checked in on Nov. 27 into the Villa le Mas, near San Jose, and was supposed to return to Florida the next day.
Costa Ricans arrest resort guard in death of Florida woman
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A security guard at a Costa Rica Airbnb rental villa was arrested in the death of a Florida woman who was remembered by friends as an avid world traveler and "happy soul," authorities said Wednesday.
Body found in Costa Rica thought to be missing Florida woman
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities said Tuesday that they found what appears to be the body of a missing South Florida woman who was on vacation in the Central American country to celebrate her 36th birthday and that a suspect had been detained.
The Latest: Costa Rica: Body is likely missing Florida woman
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The latest on the search for a Florida woman who went missing during a vacation in Costa Rica (all times local):
Authorities in Costa Rica say they think that a body discovered near an apartment in the capital of San Jose is that of missing Florida woman Carla Stefaniak, who disappeared while vacationing in the Central American nation.
But officials add that they are awaiting fingerprint comparisons to 100 percent confirm the identity.
US to play Costa Rica on Feb. 2 at San Jose, California
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. will play Costa Rica in an exhibition on Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.
The match, announced Tuesday, is expected to be the second for the new American coach following a training camp that starts in early January in Carson, California. The first game has not yet been announced.
New documents contradict Florida Democratic nominee Gillum
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has asserted he paid his way on trips to Costa Rica and New York City that are now the focus of an ongoing ethics investigation, but newly released documents appear to contradict the Tallahassee mayor.
Guide, 4 Americans killed rafting in Costa Rica
4 Americans among 5 dead in Costa Rica rafting accident
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Four American tourists and a Costa Rican guide were killed in a weekend rafting accident in the Central American country, authorities said Sunday.
Three rafts flipped on the Naranjo river Saturday around 3 p.m. and the five victims were carried away downstream, according to the Judicial Investigation Organism. Other passengers managed to cling to the rafts and some were rescued by another guide in a kayak.
Body of newlywed man found on Costa Rica
HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — The body of a Massachusetts man who was swept away by floodwaters while honeymooning in Costa Rica has been recovered.
The family of 30-year-old Josh Byrne, of Hudson, says his body was found on Saturday.
The family's statement said Byrne "will always be remembered for his helpful and caring demeanor, his ability to make friends in any setting, and his love for his wife, Bianca."
Canada downs Costa Rica 3-1 in World Cup qualifying tourney
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince scored in the first half and Canada went on to beat Costa Rica 3-1 on Thursday night in the final game of the group stage at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair scored her 175th career goal in the 57th minute. Sinclair, who plays for the Portland Thorns, is closing in on Abby Wambach's record of 184 international goals.
Jamaica upsets Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup qualifying
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored just after the halftime and Jamaica went on to upset Costa Rica 1-0 on Monday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Costa Rica, ranked No. 34 in the world, was playing backup goalkeeper Daniela Solera because Maria Bermudez fractured her arm in the opening group game. Shaw's goal for the 64th-ranked Reggae Girlz came in the 46th minute.
Costa Rica beats Cuba 8-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Shirley Cruz Trana, Priscilla Chinchilla and Maria Barrantes Rojas each scored two goals in Costa Rica's 8-0 victory over Cuba on Friday in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.
Fabiola Sanchez Jimenez and Daphne Herrera Monge also scored for Costa Rica in the Group B opener. Cuba fell behind 6-0 in the first half in its first appearance in the qualifying event.
In the second game at H-E-B Park, Nichelle Prince scored twice in Canada's 2-0 victory over Jamaica.