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Costa Rica elects first woman presidentupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 05:34:00

Costa Rica elected its first female president, as the ruling National Liberation Party claimed a historic victory.

Woman leads Costa Rican presidential voteupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 22:58:00

Costa Rica's first female candidate held a two-to-one lead in the country's presidential election, as the second-place candidate, Otton Solis of the Citizen's Action Party, conceded defeat.

Lobo ahead in Honduran election, early results showupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 02:45:00

Conservative candidate Porfirio Lobo gave a jubilant speech of appreciation to supporters early Monday, as preliminary results showed him leading in the Honduran presidential election.

Use of mercenaries in Honduras on the rise, U.N. panel saysupdated: Sat Oct 10 2009 09:08:00

A group of independent U.N. experts expressed concern Friday over the increased use of mercenaries in Honduras, where a de facto president has been in power since a military-led coup in June.

Honduras says OAS delegation can visitupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 03:32:00

A controversial emergency decree limiting some freedoms in Honduras remained in place Tuesday, despite de facto President Roberto Micheletti's stated intention to repeal it.

Carter urges resolution to Honduran crisisupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 14:38:00

Former President Carter has contacted the de facto president of Honduras to urge a resolution to the crisis in the Central American country.

Zelaya returns to Hondurasupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 01:06:00

Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya returned Monday to the capital city of Honduras, where he said he is planning to meet with his critics to arrange for his return to power.

Colombian lawmakers OK referendum on Uribe third termupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 14:15:00

Colombia's House of Representatives overwhelmingly has approved a measure that could allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for a third term next year.

Honduras government balks at accordupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 22:14:00

The government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti is not ready to sign a proposed agreement to end the country's ongoing political crisis, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said in Honduras.

Costa Rican president sick with swine fluupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 21:35:00

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, the government said in a televised statement on Tuesday.

Honduras to admit diplomatic missionupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 04:58:00

Honduras reversed course Monday, saying it will allow a delegation from the Organization of American States to visit the country -- on the condition that the organization's head attends only as an observer.

De facto Honduran president changes course, calls for envoyupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 23:06:00

Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti's hard-line stance against the return of ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya has softened, he said, but the signing of a proposed agreement to end the country's political crisis remained uncertain.

U.S. revokes visas of 4 Honduran diplomatsupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 16:51:00

The State Department on Tuesday said it revoked four visas -- and is reviewing all others -- of people serving in the de facto Honduran government that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya last month.

Honduran Congress considers accordupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 03:07:00

An agreement to end the monthlong political turmoil in Honduras went before Congress, with political amnesty and national elections on the table.

Ousted Honduran president returns briefly to nation's borderupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 02:31:00

Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya returned to his nation's border briefly Saturday, a day after crossing a few yards into Honduras and then leaving for a nearby Nicaraguan town a few hours later.

Ten steps into Hondurasupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 02:31:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul examines the place where ousted president Jose Manuel Zelaya crossed into Honduras.

Ousted President Zelaya begins caravan back to Hondurasupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 02:19:00

Behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle, deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya on Thursday started his journey from Managua, Nicaragua, to the country's border with Honduras.

Conditions of Zelaya's return key for weekend talksupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 02:08:00

A second round of talks between two disputed governments of Honduras is scheduled to take place Saturday in Costa Rica

New Honduran proposal on tableupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 22:59:00

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias presented an updated proposal to end the Honduran political crisis, but its adoption seemed unlikely, as one side described the talks as "failed" and the other asked for more time.

U.S. puts pressure on Hondurasupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 22:59:00

Mediation advances in Honduras crisis as the U.S. pressures the interim government. CNN's Juan Carlos Lopez reports.

EU suspends aid budgeted for Hondurasupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 20:23:00

Pressure for a resolution to a political standoff in Honduras has increased after the breakdown of talks between the two sides over the weekend.

Honduras' interim government rejects Zelaya's proposed returnupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 22:13:00

Honduras' interim government on Sunday rejected a proposal to reinstate ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya, ending a round of negotiations aimed at resolving the country's political crisis.

Zelaya accepts proposal; opposition not readyupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 00:48:00

Delegates for deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya have agreed to a seven-point proposal that would return him to power. But representatives for provisional President Roberto Micheletti said late Saturday they need more time to study the matter.

Resignation a possibility, interim Honduran leader saysupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 00:50:00

Provisional Honduran President Roberto Micheletti told reporters Wednesday that he would be willing to step down as long as ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya ceases his claims to the presidency.

Deposed Honduran president vows weekend 'activities'updated: Wed Jul 15 2009 13:29:00

Deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya said his followers plan to take action inside the country this weekend, ratcheting up pressure on the provisional government that has ruled for more than two weeks.

Ousted Honduran president gives ultimatumupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 22:17:00

Deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya on Monday gave the interim government that ousted him an ultimatum: if ongoing negotiations do not restore him to power, he will consider the talks failed and resort to other means.

Mediator: No quick resolution in Honduran crisis talksupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 22:13:00

Talks between two bitterly opposed sides in Honduras' ongoing political crisis were "frank, sincere and very transparent," but a resolution may not come quickly, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Thursday night.

Costa Rica to host Honduras talks this weekupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 02:29:00

Mediation efforts to resolve the political crisis in Honduras are expected to begin Thursday, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said.

Hondurans mourn dead protesterupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 02:29:00

Honduran protesters are mourning the death of their comrade in violent clashes with military. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports

Costa Rica tops list of 'happiest' nationsupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 08:56:00

Forget Disneyland! Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to an independent research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy, "centered on people and the environment."

Biden, Central American leaders hold talks in Costa Ricaupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 13:36:00

Vice President Joseph Biden is meeting Monday with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and other Central American leaders to discuss U.S. aid to the area, the war on drugs and the global economic downturn.

Costa Rica re-establishes ties with Cubaupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 00:20:00

The president of Costa Rica announced Wednesday that he is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 47 years after one of his predecessors severed them.

Costa Rica earthquake death toll rises to 15updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 23:21:00

The official count of confirmed deaths grew to 15 Friday afternoon, one day after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook north central Costa Rica, a government emergency official said. Nicaragua's Great Leap Forwardupdated: Thu May 08 2008 13:10:00

The country's ex-Marxist president says that the economic basket case can become the bread basket of Latin America, precisely because its farms are so backward

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