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More downpours expected for today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another round of afternoon downpours is predicted for today, and weather experts are saying this is typical for October.

The skies really opened up Monday with the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional reporting totals of 50 millimeters (2 inches) or more in many areas.

The lights went out in a section of Escazú due to lighting strikes, residents there said.

A compounding factor Monday night was fog that began to gather after suppertime and gave the lighted streets a Londonish look.

The heaviest rain is predicted for Guanacaste today, also the northern part of the Central Valley and the northern zone.

More fog is predicted for tonight.

In a 7 p.m. bulletin, the weather institute predicted more rain overnight on the Caribbean coast.



Public bus overturns on route to Tilarán

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cruz Roja said that 27 passengers on a Tilarán-bound bus suffered some form of injury when the bus overturned Monday morning.

The Cruz Roja said that three passengers were hospitalized in guarded condition in the  Hospital de Cañas. Five other persons also were hospitalized. The remainder suffered bruises or nervous distress from the mishap, said the rescue agency. Some were in the  Clínica de Tilarán.

The accident was in a location known as  Tanque de Oxilación about 6:50 a.m.. The bus trip originated in  Parcelas de Quebrada Azul.


López case concerns U.N. rights official

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, expressed serious concern Monday at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests that took place across Venezuela over several months starting in February this year.

"The prolonged and arbitrary detention of political opponents and protestors in Venezuela is causing more and more concern internationally," Zeid said. "It is only exacerbating the tensions in the country."

According to information received by the U.N. Human Rights Office, over 3,300 people, including minors, were detained for brief periods between February and June, and more than 150 cases of ill-treatment, many of them torture, were reported. At least 43 people were killed during the protests, including one public prosecutor and nine members of the security forces. Journalists and human rights defenders have also reported threats, attacks and intimidation.

Last month, the Working Group on arbitrary detention stated its opinion that the detention of Leopoldo López, as well as that of former mayor of San Cristobal Daniel Ceballos, was arbitrary.

The high commissioner met Leopoldo López's wife, Lilian Tintori, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, and discussed the situation of all the detainees and their families. He said he deplored the continued reports of threats and intimidation directed at people working to defend human rights in Venezuela, and urged that they be allowed to pursue their work and speak up without fear for their safety. “My office is extremely concerned about the current situation, and we will continue to monitor it very closely,” he added.



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