Friday, March 26, 2010

Debbi Nova to release album May 18

In this undated photo courtesy of Decca Records, Costa Rica's singer Debi Nova poses for a photo. Nova's debut album 'Luna Nueva,' produced by Gustavo Santaolalla, will be released on May 18 by Decca Records. (AP Photo/Decca Records, Jeff Lipsky)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oscar Arias visits Colombia

Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias attends a ceremony during a visit to Bolivar Square in Bogota March 23, 2010. Arias is on a two-day official visit to Colombia. (Photo:REUTERS/John Vizcaino)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Nery Brenes finishes fourth

Bershawn Jackson from the US, Britain's Richard Buck, Costa Rica's Nery Brenes and Austria's Clemens Zeller, from left, compete during their Men's 400m heat at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Friday, March 12, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. Brenes qualified to the final and finished in 4th place. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Metallica concert in Costa Rica

Metallica's James Hetfield (right) and bassist Robert Trujillo perform at Saprissa stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 7, 2010.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Sewing MLB balls

A Rawlings employee sews baseballs for use at the 2010 Major League Baseball season at a factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. The average baseball is only used for a few pitches in the Major Leagues, but for the Costa Ricans who make them each ball is the result of hours of painstaking stitching by hand. Picture taken March 3, 2010. (Photo: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Laura Chinchilla meets Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Costa Rica's President-elect Laura Chinchilla waves after a meeting of Trade Ministers of America in San Jose March 4, 2010. (Photo:REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Clinton in Costa Rica for regional ministers' meet

Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias (L) walks next to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a meeting in San Jose March 4, 2010. (Photo: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate)San Jose (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived early Thursday in Costa Rica to meet the country's leaders as well as ministers from Latin America to discuss economic and democracy issues.

She will meet with president-elect Laura Chinchilla, set to become Costa Rica's first female head of state, in talks expected to focus on economic and development issues.

The top US diplomat will also meet President Oscar Arias, who hands over to Chinchilla on May 8.

Clinton flew in from Brazil where she faced strong resistance to the US-led push for sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

In San Jose she sits down with female entrepreneurs and attends a Pathways to Prosperity roundtable, a Bush-era initiative involving 14 regional countries whose foreign ministers meet to promote economic development, democracy and women's rights.

The group includes six Central American countries as well as Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Uruguay.

This is the fifth stop in Clinton's six-country Latin America tour, which she completes Friday in Guatemala, where she attends another meeting with regional leaders.

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