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Argentina to play exhibition against Costa Rica instead of Nigeria in Los Angeles on March 26

Feb. 27, 2024 12:51 PM EST

Lionel Messi's Argentina will play Costa Rica rather than Nigeria in an exhibition on March 26 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the latest change for a match that has switched location and opponent. The World Cup champion originally was to face Nigeria at Hangzhou and Ivory...

Nicaragua shuts down scouting association and several other social and religious groups

Feb. 16, 2024 18:41 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s government has shut down the country’s scouting organization and seven other nongovernmental organizations, state media La Gaceta reported Friday, the latest in an ongoing crackdown that has seen the government toss out religious orders, charities and civic...

Authorities locate a missing Roman Catholic cardinal in Panama

Feb. 01, 2024 17:06 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have found alive a Roman Catholic cardinal who disappeared this week in western Panama near the border with Costa Rica, church officials said Thursday, hours after confirming the cleric's disappearance. Panama's Episcopal Conference said in a...

Killer of pro cyclist Mo Wilson was captured with help of want ad for yoga instructor in Costa Rica

Jan. 30, 2024 12:32 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators say a local want ad for a yoga instructor in Costa Rica helped them capture the woman who killed rising pro cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson in 2022. Kaitlin Armstrong was convicted and sentenced to prison for 90 years in November for gunning...

Many Costa Ricans welcome court ruling that they don't have to use their father's surname first

Jan. 26, 2024 15:15 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Many Costa Ricans on Friday welcomed a ruling this week by the country's Supreme Court of Justice eliminating the requirement that people use their father's surname before their mother's on identification documents. In Spanish-speaking nations, people...

Costa Rican court allows citizens to choose order of last names, citing gender discrimination

Jan. 24, 2024 21:22 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s Supreme Court of Justice reported Wednesday that it was no longer obligatory to place the paternal surname before the maternal surname on a person’s identification. In Spanish-speaking nations, people often go by two first and last names...

Nicaragua opponent exiled in Costa Rica wounded in shooting

Jan. 11, 2024 16:08 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A member of the Nicaraguan opposition was shot seven times and in serious condition in Costa Rica, authorities in that country said Thursday. Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation department said that 34-year-old Joao Maldonado was shot Wednesday by two...